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Snack suggestions?

I’m stuck with a real dilemma at the moment. What do you suggest is a better afternoon snack, chocolate bar or trail mix?
Hey, it’s our first smartass question! Couldn’t you do better than that?
We post all Q&A’s at our discretion. Since this is a milestone, we’ll go ahead and post this one. Any future stupid …

Getting my company noticed by ad agencies

I just opened my own company – an artist based animation studio. I believe that my creativity, professionalism and the unique way I approach my work can be of benefit to any ad agency. What would be your advice regarding introducing my services to ad agencies? Is there any effective commonly accepted way to submit a …

Why a career in advertising?

I teach advertising in art school. You have had such a successful career in advertising, my students are thinking about making a career in ad world. I would like to ask you and forward your answer to them, why is it good to be an advertising man/woman? What are the rewards (besides …

How do I deal with office politics?

How do I deal with office politics?
Neither of us has ever been good at that, and we’ve really only gravitated to agencies where it wasn’t a big issue. So one plan can be to avoid the more shark infested waters. But wherever you are, if you do a good job you will likely do …

Lack of minorities in creative departments

Why does the lack of women in creative departments get so much attention in our industry (especially in Canada), but the lack of minorities in creative departments doesn’t?
Do you think it’s because there aren’t as many minorities in high up creative positions to be able to bring light to the topic, unlike the …

Schmoozing vs. Great work

What’s more important when trying to get ahead in the Canadian ad industry, schmoozing or doing great work? And be honest, none of this PC bull crap if you please.
Doing great work. Honest.


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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