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Why would feminists work in advertising?

Do you find it peculiar when feminists choose advertising as a career?
Huh? This is such an odd question it’s worth posting just for a change of pace. Ok, trying to work with you here. Advertising is a sexist business…advertising is sexist…(assuming this is where you’re coming from)…so why would a “feminist” (woman known to …

How do you deal with office gossip?

How do you deal with office gossip? It seems like every creative department is rife with it. Who’s planning on leaving, who’s getting fired, who’s a hack, who has no talent, who deserves what award, who sucks up to the CD, throw in a few who’s sleeping with whos… I know they …

Do writers get credit if an idea is visual?

Does your average CD give equal credit to writers if the solution to a problem is visual?

What are your thoughts on Rethink’s AOTY win?

Dear Jancy, what are your thoughts on who won Marketing Magazine’s agency of the year? Did you feel the judges were right on the money, or was there someone esle you had in mind? Other than O&M of course.
We think that Canada’s Marketing Magazine’s choice of Rethink in Vancouver was bang on. When Chris Staples and …

A bad economy and how it affects the ad biz

Everyone says that the economy is in the crapper and that this is affecting the ad business. Do you think that this is true?
Customers are still lining up and buying tons of useless merchandise. Every where you look, someone is advertising something. Sure, maybe the companies aren’t spending as much money creating the ads because …

If you could hire a dead ad guy…

Dr. Frankenstein comes over one day and tells you he will revive any one ad god of your choice so you can hire him as a freelance consultant. Who do you pick? Is it Bernbach? David? Chiat? Leo?
If I really had to spend time with a dead guy I guess I’d have to say …

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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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