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Not liking the experience at my agency

I have just completed my first year as an Account Coordinator at a well known mid-size agency. I feel that my time with this agency is coming to an end and I don’t know what to do next. After the things I have seen happen around me (backstabbing, gossiping, high turnover …

Why do you mentor juniors?

I’ve heard from industry gossip that you are famous for mentoring juniors. My question is, why do you waste time with little people when your massive international agency budgets can probably afford you to get the best and most talented seniors in the biz?
We’ve had some incredible senior talent come through our doors, and …

How do you avoid hiring assholes?

I’ve heard that you have a policy not to hire assholes. So, do you have some sort of asshole test when you hire? How do you know they are not acting in the interview?
Boy, the day they invent the asshole meter, sign us up. Unfortunately we only have gut instinct to go on. And …

Jancy’s average day

What’s an average day like for you two?
The thing is, there’s no ‘average day’. Every one has its own special surprises, good and bad. We’ll be fairly sure to do these things: try to help wrestle a shitty brief to the ground, review ideas and critique them, try like hell to inspire someone to …

Relationships between branches and head offices

In general, how do head offices of agencies like BBDO and Ogilvy treat the local Canadian offices? How do Canadian offices treat and perceive the head offices in the US?
Interesting question. We can only speak for Ogilvy, really. The short answer is, our New York head office treats us very well. We’ve had …

Looking to start in a more “nurturing” agency

I have a question about the advertising agency atmosphere. I’m in school right now, about to start looking for my first position at an agency, and I’ve heard a lot of stories about all agencies being cut- throat etc. I’m not interested in the type of job where you give up …

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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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