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Switching agencies for a lower ranked position: a risky move?

I am an art director with 5 yrs experience in a small agency in a not so advertising city. The work that I have done (TV, interactive, print etc.) is great but it’s regional. (CDs have been very receptive to it, just not hiring me). Its just that I am ready for a new opportunity. I have a chance to …

I want to be an AD, but I’m no computer whiz

Dear Jancy,
I recently graduated from UCF this past December and have taken to looking at Portfolio Schools for art direction. I’ve zeroed in on VCU and MAS as my top two, but looking over the applications I am feeling a sense of panic. I want to show them my best work possible, but I am not proficient in InDesign and …

How long is “too long” when looking for an internship?

Hey Jancy,
I’m reading Pick Me right now and am finding it very reassuring, so thanks for putting it out. While I was in school my main instructor told us not to worry about being a copywriter or an art director. He told us to let the agency decide when they hired us. From what I’ve read in Pick Me this …

I want to be an AD but don’t know the software yet

Hi Jancy!
I’m planning to attend portfolio school and I’m having trouble deciding between CW and AD. I think I’m a strong writer and I believe in my skill. Writing has always come fairly quickly and painlessly to me, so naturally, my present course has been heading towards copywriting. But after researching exactly what an AD does, I feel like art …

Highly polished visuals vs. sketched ideas in my book

I have been working mostly in below the line DM agency for the past few years my background was graphic design. I recently completed a one year part time course in creative advertising. My question is this. When you look at someone’s book do you feel it necessary to see highly polished photoshop visuals or are well executed sketches …

Interactive AD wants to flex traditional muscles

I have been an interactive art director for 7 years now, and pretty successful at it. I am planning to find another job with bigger accounts and might potentially get a interview with a large major agency through my connection. I usually show off my work via website; I’m redesigning my …


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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