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An AD in my school, but a planner in my heart

Hi Jancy, I am in my third year of advertising design. I have always wanted to be an art director, but for some reason I don’t feel that passion my friends have for this business. Adding to it every lecturer says “I know creative people hate research and just want to create ideas…” but I hate creating ideas and love …

Advice for an American AD looking to work in Toronto

Dear Jancy,
I am a Sr. Art Director living in the US, but thinking about a move to Toronto. I have a few questions pertaining to the possible move and wanted to know if you could help.
The first question revolves around a U.S. Citizen working in Canada. What is the process when it comes to applying for a work visa, and …

Should my portfolio include “process work”?

Dear Jancy,
I’m a hopeful copywriter close to graduation from an advertising program. I’m reworking my portfolio for the umpteenth time and am facing a dilemma regarding process work. I have a friend who is in an ad program at a different school where they focus a lot on process work. Of course process makes the work and we’ve all got …

Email etiquette: how formal should I be when reconnecting with CDs?

Hi Jancy,
I am an aspiring copywriter who has amassed a fair number of contacts through informational interviews and showing my portfolio around.
I have currently reworked my portfolio to the point where it is completely different from the first few times I have showed it around. I now hope to get back in touch with the various CDs I have seen …

A junior in years, but not in experience

I am an art director with three years experience. I have been fortunate to do things most young art directors haven’t gotten to do – lots of print ads, tv spots, interactive, out of home and in store. Because of this, I think I am qualified for jobs seeking art directors with more experience but I worry HR and CDs …

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 …

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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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