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How can I best prepare myself for a career in advertising?

I live in the US and my question is do agencies rate my undergraduate schooling as a very important factor when hiring?
Also, how can I best prepare myself, education wise, for a career in advertising?
If you have an excellent portfolio, a creative director won’t really care what school you went to, or even if …

How can a junior find the right agency for them?

As a junior coming out of an ad program, what is the best way to go about finding the right agency for you?
As a brand new junior, the right agency for you is anyone who will hire you. My University of Delaware advertising professor told me lo those many years ago: the first job …

What’s the best way to reach Jancy?

All I want to know is how does one get a response from either of you to review my book. I’ve been trying for months without any reply for e- mail or fax, could you please let me know what would be the best way to contact?
We’re really not that hard to get to. Check …

How can juniors explain losing their job?

Ad agencies lose accounts and creatives lose jobs. What’s the best way of explaining your newly found unemployment status to a potential CD? Especially if you are at the Entry/ Junior level.
“My agency just lost the _____account, so I’m out of a job.” The truth is hard to beat. Many very talented …

Upping the “wow” factor of a killer book

How about some tips on how to make a killer portfolio WOW an audience?
And what should I leave behind after the interview? Is it really important to leave something behind other than a CV?
If it’s a killer portfolio it will have all the wow-power it needs. No need to trick up a book full of great …

I’m the star of all of own comps. Is this bad?

For the past few months, I’ve been working quite hardcore on my book, but I’ve been having some difficulty in getting people to pose in my print ads. So I’ve been the “star” in most of them (except, of course, for the female-related ads, in which my girlfriend is in it). Is this …


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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