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Why a career in advertising?

I teach advertising in art school. You have had such a successful career in advertising, my students are thinking about making a career in ad world. I would like to ask you and forward your answer to them, why is it good to be an advertising man/woman? What are the rewards (besides …

New job not living up to expectations

My partner and I recently moved to a new agency and after a month, we are really unhappy with how things are going.
We’re a mid level team being asked to do grunt work like rewriting brochures. And when we got hired, we were told that we’d be on a TV assignment that the ECDs …

Splitting with a good partner to switch cities

I’m an art director who’s been in the industry for a few years now. In that time I’ve been partnered with my fair share of writers. Some good, some not so good.
Now, I think I’ve finally found ‘the one’. We’ve been partnered for a couple of years and we still get along great. Everyone …

Switching shops for more opportunities and money

I have four years of experience as a copywriter. I’ve been at the same agency for two years, I’m making $50,000. I live in Miami, FL.
So here’s my question, once I get my green card, do I look for another job for more money? I’m doing well where I am right now, I get to …

Getting hot again after a lukewarm overseas stint

Five years ago I was considered a creative with a hot book. Then I went overseas for a vigorous dream job, which turned out to be a disappointment, but still a personal adventure yielding B+ work. When I came back to the U.S. I was startled to find out that the …

Not enough chances to make great real ads

I have been in interactive advertising for 2.5 years now and I’m currently hovering between junior and intermediate. I am at a large agency with big, corporate clients and, while I get great reviews and am told that I am creative, I’m being put on projects with noooo room for creativity or …

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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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