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How can I get face time with CDs to review my work?


I’m a copywriter who has just moved to Toronto. I’m basically from Bombay and I’ve also done a short stint in Dubai. I’m looking to have my copybook reviewed by creative directors in Toronto. What is the best way to go about it?
Most CDs ask to leave the copybook behind. However, I prefer being there to bat questions and get first hand feedback. You know, a smile or a frown can tell you a lot more than a note left in your book.
Would you review my work and advise me? I’ve won a few New York Festival awards. But what I’d really like to know is how close or far away I am from Cannes Lions and One Show pencils.

intro How can I get face time with CDs to review my work?Getting in to see the CD is an excellent goal that most will not achieve. Those who get around the system will have the best shot. It’s always convenient for the busy CD (and that’s the only kind there is) to see a dropped-off book, but of course you’re right that nothing beats a face-to-face. If you catch them answering their own phone, you’re half-way there. Know about the agency, be conversant on their latest work you admire, tell them how much just a few minutes of their feedback would mean to you. It’s really hard to say no, in our experience. But catching them means calling off-hours—early or late. You can also try to appeal to a sympathetic assistant to the CD. He or she may arrange a pity interview. There’s always the great self-promo approach—get noticed in a creative way and most CD’s will feel like they should make the time to check out a really clever person. Have a great reference? That can help. You can find a lot more thoughts in our archives since about a thousand people before you have asked the same question.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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