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Are there really only two types of agencies?

There are two types of agencies. One the “creative” agency: main concern is to make good creative ads and WIN THOSE AWARDS! The second “suit” agency: main concern is to make a profit. What is your intake on this, are there really two types of agencies?
This is one of the terrible myths that continues …

To avoid being a bully I’ve become a wimp. HELP!

I’m new in a job. I know I’m creative. But, I’m struggling with having an “advertising spine”. Understandably, this business (or any other for that matter) will require you to have a backbone. This said, I feel like I can’t openly tell people my views, because I know my nature is a …

My own small company preaches “teamwork”, practices exclusion

I have been in advertising for 12 years and I set up a creative-only outfit with two other people, who do not have an advertising background.
For some time now, one of my partners acts as de facto creative director though her role clearly is to bring in new business. When I had a chat …

Mastering the art of the schmooze

I hate schmoozing at industry functions. I feel like I don’t know how to do it, and every time I try to chat someone up I feel like such a fake because he/she knows the only reason I’m even talking to them is to advance my career – and we both know it …

Creative opportunities: Canada vs. USA

i’m wondering if there are major differences between working in the US and working in Canada as an art director/copywriter. i’m interested in working in vancouver or toronto, but don’t agencies in chicago, miami, and san francisco offer more opportunities to work w/ better talent and higher profile clients? i …

I wish my job was “all idea, zero execution”

I’m a creative person with the title ‘associate creative director’. I can illustrate, art direct, and my Creative Director says I am developing a real talent for writing, creatively and strategically. But I like to focus on one project at a time. I ‘ve had enough of jumping around from project to …


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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