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Lack of minorities: when will the ad biz get serious?

I’ve been in the industry for 13 years as a copywriter. I’ve worked on national stuff, regional stuff, won awards.
My real concern is the continued lack of genuine diversity at all levels. I want to work with general market agencies to bring more Black, Hispanic and Asian creatives, account execs, media and …

Sexual assault or just “the business”?

This is about a close friend of mine. She is in client services and was a victim of lust of the branch head on a trip. She escaped by the skin of her teeth. She is, obviously, in a state of shock. The “wise” old birds are telling her : “take it or leave …

Salaries and the advertising industry

Janet and Nancy, I LOVE you guys! And since you both have such great expertise, I HAVE to ask this question.
It has been said (by people inside and outside the industry) that people in advertising DO NOT get the credit they deserve. So in other words they are under paid, especially juniors. An example was used to explain this. Say …

The top shops in Canada: inquiring Brit wants to know

I’m an award winning art director with over 5 years industry experience . I work in a top 10 UK ad agency and I want to move to Canada, but I’m not sure how best to approach agencies and, more importantly, which agencies are worth approaching . Could you please give me …

My copy chief’s ideas suck, but they always get picked. Help!

The agency where I am a trainee copywriter has brought back one of its previous copywriters as the copy chief. This guy is an amazing suck up to the CD. So whenever he comes up with a lousy idea, no matter how much I point out the loopholes, he will make sure his …

A case of first job jitters

I am starting my first internship soon. I have only been out of school for a few months, but I still feel a little unprepared to jump right into agency life. While I have been working on ads almost constantly over the past while, I know there’s more to making your mark than just …


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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