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Advertising is murder on you

I’ve just moved to being a copywriter from an axe murderer about five months ago. I must say I find the change in lifestyle quite intimidating, people seem to be worried about insignificant issues like deadlines, table manners and client’s concerns. How do you manage to retain your sanity in such an …

Panic attack in front of client… HELP!

I just walked out of a meeting and had a panic attack during my presentation. This happens to me sometimes when I’m in stressful situations. I’m worried that the client and my team were horrified and they think I’m an incompetent junior. Do you have tips on how to do good …

My creative department has no creativity

I work in a small ad agency where I am the only person with an advertising background. I was lured in by some great creative which I later learned was years old.
The rest of the creative team comes from English, communications, PR, history and biology backgrounds. I understand that this can benefit an …

Helping to turn a big agency’s rep around

I’m being offered a CD position at a big shop with a less than stellar creative reputation. However, they’ve made some key hires of top award- winning talent from some of the best agencies in the country. The new ECD is also a heavy hitter, and he’s trying to staff it up with great …

Will getting into the ad biz kill my outside life?

I have been considering going into advertising since I graduated from college. I am really excited about it and will probably be going to a portfolio school this fall. My only concern is this: is there life outside of the agency? It’s so important for me to find a job that I love and …

No women recognized at Agency of the Year?

After the whole Neil French fiasco a couple of months ago, I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Creativity magazine naming Crispin agency of the year and running a cover photo that doesn’t include one woman from their creative department. Personally, I think this photo speaks volumes about this industry …

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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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