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From law to fine arts to advertising: making the switch

Hi, last year I was working as a lawyer in London I decided I had enough and needed to change my life and my work. I went on an extended wander to Canada and met my girlfriend there. Later we decided to move to the Netherlands where she is from. Well, since arriving here I was determined to start a …

When is a junior no longer a junior?

Dear Jancy: I’m a junior art director doing doing what my creative directors tell me is good work, and I’ve also been fortunate enough to win some awards. I’ve been with my current agency a little over a year, and was just wondering if there’s any general guideline in terms of how long you stay a junior – is …

How important is ad school if I want to be a planner?

It started with those VW ads that resonated with me in a way that I hadn’t thought possible for a medium such as advertising… and now there’s no denying it, I am hooked! I have an undergrad degree in marketing and am considering applying to ad school next year. Although I’m incredibly passionate about the creativity that drives the industry, I don’t think I’m …

Full time creative job vs. internship at a dream agency?

Is it crazy to take an internship at a great agency over a full time position at good agency? 
I graduated from a portfolio school a few months ago, and have just been offered a full-time position. But one of my dream agencies would like me to take a paid 3-month long internship, it’s one of the top shops in the States and doing …

I’m a good creative, but I know I can be a GREAT suit

I have a question. In our industry, it can be seen as a very odd question.
I’m a creative/designer who has his heart on Accounts side, but pigeon holed in the design and creative side.
I started off as a Art Director in Toronto. Working my way through long nights and endless days honing my craft. I’m a good art director and …

Job hunting from afar when you can’t be there in person

I’m a copywriter who just finished portfolio school at Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m applying for jobs all over, especially San Fran and NYC. Unfortunately, without a job, I currently cannot afford to move to these very expensive cities. My question is, how can you get a job at an agency if you can’t cold call them in person? …


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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