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Copywriting from Cape Town to Canada


I’ve been a copywriter at a good agency in Cape Town for a year. Is there any chance for me to work in at an ad agency in Canada (i.e. Ogilvy)? What are the requirements that an agency needs from an applicant from South Africa?

intro Copywriting from Cape Town to CanadaMany South Africans work in Canada and we have an ACD in our office from Johannesburg ourselves. If you’ve got a great portfolio that means you’re better than the vast majority and an agency with an opening will do what it takes to hire you. Immigration is never fun but it’s often not a barrier to a highly motivated creative director who really wants to hire you. So, do your homework and identify the places you’d love to work, find out the contact information for their CD’s and start emailing your work. An attention getting subject line is key to have a shot at that busy CD noticing and wanting to take the time to look. If you’ve won any major awards you might say ‘Lion- winning CW looking for your feedback’ (sometimes easier to get a foot in the door just asking for opinions than saying you’re seeking a job. If they don’t have an opening you don’t want to miss the chance to be seen and remembered for when they do). Good luck.

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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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