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Can our book have work from before we were a team?


My creative partner and I have leapt at the chance of a junior team position in our home town. Problem is we haven’t even completed our book but they are still keen to see us. We are planning on putting in some of our own individual work that we completed before we were a team to fill it out, is this good idea? A leading CD has been helping us put our book together in a ‘mentoring’ kind of way but we haven’t heard from him for a while to ask his advice. This is our first serious meeting and we are both nervous. And I can’t help thinking we will have to do a lot of chatting in place of showing work. Any tips/ hints ? Also appropriate clothing for interviews as funky new creatives?

intro Can our book have work from before we were a team?When you describe your book as not ready yet, no doubt it isn’t. That means you’re most likely not poised for success. When you ask about including work created before you were a team, that’s absolutely appropriate; it shows what each of you can do. It’s only inappropriate if it isn’t among your best work. A portfolio with a wide range in quality will fail to win over a CD. You’re better off with fewer pieces of the same high caliber. If for you that means the book is too thin (let’s say fewer than 8 different ideas), you can either cancel the appointment, or have an interview for the opportunity to get feedback, acknowledging to the CD that you’re on your way but not quite there yet. If there’s any chance you can nab your mentor to vet the work you describe before your interview, it will be a valuable set of objective eyes to assess their value.

It’s possible that your diamond in the rough brilliance could carry the day. Don’t be heartbroken if the reality is you haven’t yet put in all the effort required yet for most people to land the gig over talented, more advanced competition.

As for wardrobe, one of the benefits of this business is people dress pretty much however they want to. Don’t show up full-on slob, but a slightly better than your average day look should be fine.

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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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