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My current employer would likely give bad references if I left —HELP!

Hi Jancy,
I’ve been doing in house creative work for the same company for three years, with two years of marketing creative work before that. I am now looking to get hired at an agency. During my three years with the most current company, I saw several occasions where they torpedoed a previous employees chances of getting a new job by …

My CD has solved the creative brief before he even gives it to me — HELP!

Dear Jancy,
What do you when you have just been given a brief that needs an idea but because the CD has already read the brief before any creatives he/she has already got ideas that they may want to go with before you’ve managed to even had your first thought. Do you take their ideas into account and stick to that …

I’m not getting the mentorship I need nor the money I deserve — HELP!

Dear Jancy,
I am a planner at a digital shop and have been at the agency for a little over two years. My role was very small when I started, with no mentorship or guidance. I wasn’t happy and changed things by taking initiative, talked to account/creative folks and immersed myself fully in projects. Some of the work I was part …

Looking to quit “mean girls” shop, but don’t wish to burn bridges — HELP!

Hey Jancy,
I’ve come with a predicament that I may or may not be common in the industry. I was hired from my internship as a junior, so I couldn’t be more thankful to my seniors. But now that’s in been a year, I’ve been exploring other options and different clients.
The only thing is that I’m scared to even think about …

My CD isn’t around to give direction — HELP!

Dear Jancy: How involved in my day should the creative director be? I’m now in my second agency (a great agency which I came to in order to work with a better CD) and I see the CD maybe once a week for fifteen minutes. The account’s creative team is only like five people right now, so It’s not like …

How do I prove my value after my partner has left?

Hi Jancy,
My art-director is about to leave to join a girlfriend of his abroad, thus stopping advertising for a while. We’ve done good work together, but most of the times, I’ve had to drag him along with me to get better ideas, to be more ambitious and to want to reach higher. However, with him gone, I’m a bit worried …


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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