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My pals are winning awards. Why not me?


I’ve finished reading the book “Pick Me’ one and a half weeks ago. I have to say, the book answered most of my questions that I have been yearning to ask. However, my purpose of writing this to you is weirdly enough is to ask a question that I think would be personal.
Jancy, all my close friends or to be honest my house mates have won awards, and I’m the only one that hasn’t achieved anything. It’s making me a bit uneasy that I’m not achieving anything when all of us used to be spending hours learning everything about advertising. Do we choose to be in advertising or does advertising choose us?

intro My pals are winning awards. Why not me?Awards are not the only measure of a creative person’s value. So don’t assume that you’re no good at this if you haven’t won anything yet. Of course we don’t know how long you’ve been at it but we’ll assume not all that long. If you have nothing at all after 2 years maybe you’re at the wrong agency for you. Or you have the wrong partner. Or maybe you need to be more proactive and ask to work on the better accounts; better yet, come up with some great ideas for the crappy accounts and show the CD. Major points.

Could advertising be wrong for you? Sure. It’s not for everyone. But if you still feel passion for the business and want more than anything to do great work, consider all the other reasons you may not be breaking through before you ditch the whole business. You may uncover something you can do something about. Get to it.

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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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