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I deserve a raise. My partner, not so much

I’m a junior art director who’s approaching the one year mark at a massive hot shop in New York. My partner and I previously had won a few global student awards and have already produced a few great campaigns over the last year. Everyone likes us and we always seem to get the good assignments. But, it’s New York City …

Interactive AD wants to flex traditional muscles

I have been an interactive art director for 7 years now, and pretty successful at it. I am planning to find another job with bigger accounts and might potentially get a interview with a large major agency through my connection. I usually show off my work via website; I’m redesigning my …

Art director or designer? Or both?

I studied Advertising & Communications at a Canadian college and left as a practicing art director. I ended up going overseas for some extra school for a year… by the time I got back I had delved into Graphic Design and worked at a couple places doing design. My book is now …

University just wasn’t enough

Dear Jancy, I will be graduating this year at a Canadian university with a commerce degree majoring in marketing. For quite some time now I’ve been telling myself that a career in advertising is where I want to be. I believe that the university has taught us what we needed to …

Junior job hunting in the Big Apple

I recently graduated as an Art Director from the Savannah College of Art & Design from the Advertising Design program and I just moved to New York City. I’ve been trying to find a job as a Jr. Art Director or Jr. Designer, but things don’t seem to move very much and most …

Is age nothing but a number?

I’m a 34 year old woman who after changing careers just completed a two-year portfolio program and won honors at the One Show college competition. I’m starting to submit my portfolio around town for a copywriter position. Should I be prepared for my age to be a factor with all …


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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