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Did focusing on long, thoughtful copy hurt my career?

Hi Jancy! Early on in my career as a conceptual copywriter, I noticed that very few of my contemporaries were focusing on the craftsmanship of writing. Furthermore, I noted that everyone was going for humor and shock value in their ads. So to set myself apart from the crowd, I chose a different path. I’ve focused on being a copywriter …

Tips on becoming a better mentor

Dear Jancy,
I have just perused your entire archive over the past couple of hours and really appreciate your passion for the industry as well as the dedication and patience you display in fielding the queries posted here.
Our local Ad club has started a mentoring program to support the post secondary PR/Ad courses available in our city. I am on the …

My spec work outshines my produced work. HELP!

Hey Jancy,
I’m currently a Jr. Art Director. I’ve worked at my current agency for a little over a year. I’m beginning to worry because although I’ve gotten quite a bit of work produced, I don’t consider any of it to be “bookworthy”, and I don’t think it’s a good representation of the way I think. What are your thoughts on …

My old CD stole credit for my work. What can I do?

Hi Jancy,
I used to work for an big name international agency 4 months back before I resigned and took an offer with another big name agency. The reason i left was because there was too much backstabbing and dishonest people there. It always seemed like the creatives were plotting against you. Also, the work was stagnant and I wasn’t building …

Big agency CDs won’t answer my emails… HELP!

Hi Ladies,
First of all i would like to thank you for starting such a great site. I got lots of advice by reading some of the old archives. I have been working as junior designer to senior art director in some of the big agencies for the past 13 years in both Asia and Europe. I quit my job and …

An American Ad Grad in London (or elsewhere in Europe)

Dear Jancy: I’m an American ad student who wants to work in Europe.
I’m a grad student at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but I’ve been thinking about possibly working in Europe when I graduate. The agencies I’ve been particularly interested in are Mother London, Fallon London, W+K London and W+K Amsterdam. I’m just curious about how the international …


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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