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Sexual assault or just “the business”?

This is about a close friend of mine. She is in client services and was a victim of lust of the branch head on a trip. She escaped by the skin of her teeth. She is, obviously, in a state of shock. The “wise” old birds are telling her : “take it or leave …

My CD is threatening to blackball me

My creative director is a “big name” in the city and has recently threatened to blackball me if I’m not more friendly with him. I know he has the clout and the connections to do it. What should I do?
This smells like a prank letter, but ok, let’s assume you’re for real. …

I just know my creative director hates me

My creative director hates me. I can just tell. He has nothing to say to me. And I always feel like he’s looking me up and down. I guess he likes my work. I know he likes my partner and I, but one on one it’s awkward. I feel like he hates me. …

Good CDs vs. great CDs

What’s the difference in your opinion between a good creative director and a fucking amazing creative director? This of course, from the perspective of a subordinate art director.
We were just around several ‘fucking amazing’ creative directors, at the Clio awards in Miami. At one dinner we sat with Tracy Wong, Bob Scarpelli, …

Are CDs’ big salaries justified?

Do you think the large salaries that Creative Directors get are justified?
In the grand scheme of things, that’s an easy “no”—what a crazy world where teachers make so little and people who make ads make more than a lot of doctors we know. The other side of the arguement is, unless you’re …


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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