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How can I get CDs to notice me and my work?

Hi Jancy!
This is me writing from Melbourne, Australia.
I’m struggling to get work experience in agencies here. I’ve done the cold calling and emailing but its hard to get a reply. Although some agencies have been really polite and nice.
What is the best way for me to get a work placement? Obviously I will do it for free.
Should I just turn …

What should I put on my business card?

Dear Jancy,
I am currently a creative advertising student, and recently I have been attending many advertising related events. I quickly realized that having a business card handy to give out is almost mandatory.
The problem I am having is that I have no idea what to put as a ‘job title’ on a business card. I thought that since I do …

Can a director who has made ads become an agency creative?

Dear Jancy: Am I going about my job hunt the right way?
A little background on myself first though. After finishing school (undergrad in English Lit & Business then post-grad in Film) I found myself working as a cinematographer for a video game developer. What I was really doing was directing the cut scenes for next generation games. …

I found me a mentor… now what?

Hello Jancy,
I am a first year advertising student in a 3 year college program. We recently took a tour of an agency, and after picking up Pick Me, I was well prepared for the Q&A period.
At the end of the tour, the AD asked if I would like to meet the CD, which I agreed. She explained to him that …

My agency’s a creative dead end; I’m afraid my book will reflect this

I’m a jr copywriter in Toronto who’s in a difficult situation and I could really use some advice.
I started my career at one of the best shops in the city, winning some local awards and learning the secrets of advertising from some great creatives. I was let go due to budget cuts and ended up working at a very mediocre …

Making the jump from Ireland to Canada

Hi Ladies,
How are you both?
My question is: Has advertising in Canada been affected by the recession as bad as other places in the world?
I’m from Ireland. Things have been fairly bad here. With dramatic budget and job cuts, the realm of advertising here has suffered big time. I luckily kept my job. Due partly to the fact I’m a junior …

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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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