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My CD likes my work… too bad I don’t.


I’ve been working for a network agency for about 1.5 years as a junior copywriter. I really work hard. My director is happy with my performance. We make very good presentations, the client loves our ideas, but unfortunately he is not willing to put them into life. This happened so many times! I want to shout and say ‘Don’t love them, buy them!’ We usually end up with boring TVCs and ads, so there is not much published or aired work in my portfolio. We can’t take part in any competition, either.
If I stay is there anything I can do to make my life better here?

intro My CD likes my work... too bad I dont.If you haven’t produced anything in a year and a half, you should start looking and before heading out get your great ideas into your book. There’s no shame in including unproduced work in a junior book. Even more senior people do well to include great ideas that didn’t live. If you stay much longer you will increasingly diminish your value based on the scene you describe. But meanwhile, make the most of where you are. Be proactive, we can’t say that enough. Beyond your assignments offer to help others with theirs, and look at your account list and think about ways you could do something business building for a client that hasn’t got anything on the go. At a minimum your CD will appreciate that you’re trying to do something helpful above and beyond your to-do list. It’s also another way to build your book.

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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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