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Where do I fit in with my film talents?


I have a BA in Mass Communication & Advertising (Amsterdam) and a MFA in Directing from Film School (NYC). Interned at Ogilvy Shanghai, Enterprise EG Shanghai and Ogilvy Amsterdam as a (brand) strategist/ planner. Currently I work as a commercial film director for an advertising production company.
My ultimate goal is to have full understanding on the creative production AND creative agency side.
My portfolio is 6 shot commercials, 15 storyboards /ideas/concepts for new commercials and print. I have no expertise or real interest in Photoshop or computer graphic design.
My question: Do you think there is a creative spot for me at an Advertising Agency which I can be of use?

intro Where do I fit in with my film talents?It sounds like you’ve already had quite a bit of exposure to advertising life and you have several skills that you can bring to the party. You don’t specify what role you hope for at an agency (Writer? Art director? Planner?). If you didn’t already, talk with the creative directors at the agencies where you did your internships about their perspective on you—they worked with you and would have a sense of your potential. With your degrees and accomplishments so far you’re presumably quite talented and it’s a matter of getting focus on what exactly you want to do.

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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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