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Do I first need an internship get a job?

Hi, I’m a copywriting student now out of school and looking to get into an agency. I didn’t get an internship this summer and I don’t know when the next round of internships are available (winter? next summer?); my point is can you get hired without going through an internship first?
I’ve only …

Helping to turn a big agency’s rep around

I’m being offered a CD position at a big shop with a less than stellar creative reputation. However, they’ve made some key hires of top award- winning talent from some of the best agencies in the country. The new ECD is also a heavy hitter, and he’s trying to staff it up with great …

Can a designer’s book land me an AD job?

I’m a recent graphic design grad, interested in becoming an AD. If you are interested in working for an ad agency does your portfolio work have to be strictly ads?
My portfolio isn’t specific to advertising, it has some logos, package design and some ads. I have plenty of ideas for ads and was wondering …

I think I’m losing my touch as a writer

Mine is a topic of creative regression. I have a three year experience as a copywriter. And I’m currently in my second agency. Initially I was touted as a very talented copywriter. With my first agency I did some really good stuff and moved on here as this is a better agency. …

I thought a production job was a way in the door

I was an AD graduate from an ad school over two years ago . A while after graduation I landed a production job that i thought would get my foot in the door but 1.5 years later I am no where. My book is stale, I neglected to keep in good touch with anyone, …

I’m a teacher, but my true calling is advertising

I’m a complete mess! I’m have a BFA in studio arts, and a Masters in Education (with an emphasis on developing creativity and thinking skills) and I teach middle school, but I loath teaching. I want to become a professional creative, but I can’t make up my mind! I love contemporary …


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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