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MAS over VCU for someone who lives, works in Miami?

Dear Jancy,
I currently work as a marketing manager in Miami, Florida. I am looking into breaking into the creative side of advertising, and as such I am considering both VCU and Miami Ad School. The appeal of MAS is that I can stay in Miami and (hopefully) take the coursework at night while continuing to work during the day. (Do …

Looking to get experience before I graduate

I am an aspiring copywriter currently in college for advertising, and I am in search of internships/volunteer positions within Canada, however my graphic design/art direction skills aren’t up to par. I am having trouble getting even considered because my lack of “book” My question to you, how would an aspiring copywriter get a chance (unpaid) to make his mark in …

Can I make a career out of only working on ethical brands?

Hi Jancy. Do you believe it is possible to earn a living (not a lot but enough to get by) using creative advertising skills while not supporting large corporations. I have a good portfolio of spec work and really enjoy the process but would feel soulless promoting products for large unethical corporations.

My new AD partner isn’t carrying her weight

I have a two part question for you guys.
I’ve been at an agency for four years ad I have a problem concerning my new art director. In our eight months of working together, she hasn’t contributed to our assignments very much at all. I honestly do about 90% of the conceptual work and 90% of the selling and the frustration …

Having trouble getting seen by CDs

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 up …

Looking to start my career in Vietnam

I am a graduate student in the Academy of Art University’s Copywriting program. I want to land a copywriting job at an ad agency in Vietnam before I graduate.
I have several questions I hope you can find time to help.
1. Should I send my portfolio to agencies in the U.S. and note that I want a job in …


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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