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How to survive the ad biz as a mommy

Hi Jancy,
First, I love your book, Pick Me. I’m waiting to hear back from grad school (VCU and the Creative Circus) right now, and have enjoyed reading it, along with a few others, in preparation for what I hope will be a successful career.
To that end: how did you both survive as females in advertising when it came time to …

Tips on becoming a better mentor

Dear Jancy,
I have just perused your entire archive over the past couple of hours and really appreciate your passion for the industry as well as the dedication and patience you display in fielding the queries posted here.
Our local Ad club has started a mentoring program to support the post secondary PR/Ad courses available in our city. I am on the …

Boss’ spouse is ruining the company. Help!

I’m an Art Director at a small design agency run by a woman. She has operated the business successfully for over 15 years. She remarried 5 years back and brought her copy writing husband on board as the VP. Problem is he is dragging the business down. The quality of his work is rapidly declining, he’s becoming arrogant, and he …

We want additional projects, but our group CDs say no

This is, I’m sorry to say, a question about office politics.
I’m early in my career at a very large office of a very large global advertising agency. For the past year or so, my partner and I have worked almost exclusively on one account. The client is complicated so our creative directors appreciate that we have a good feeling for …

Interning to see if the ad biz is really for me

Hi Jancy, just read your book, I appreciated all the advice. So I am hoping that you can give me some advice. I am coming from a fairly uncommon background, I went to a liberal arts university and studied art and art history (no specific business majors such as advertising or marketing existed), and in the past few months I …

Why is the ad biz in South Korea so awful?

Hello Jancy,
Is there any hope for the advertising industry in South Korea? You never see an ad from South Korea winning anything in a world stage. (Cannes, One Show) except some design work here and there, like once every 3 years. Forget the world. even within Asia, it’s the rock bottom when it comes to creativity.
Here, people in suits make …

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About Jancy

'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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