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Mastering the art of the schmooze

I hate schmoozing at industry functions. I feel like I don’t know how to do it, and every time I try to chat someone up I feel like such a fake because he/she knows the only reason I’m even talking to them is to advance my career – and we both know it …

A Scot looking to be creative in Toronto

I’m a Scottish Media Graduate who’s determined to enter the creative side of the ad world in Toronto! I’ve built up a strong portfolio which includes radio, press and some T.V. campaigns as well as being a fully qualified AVID editor. I’ve already made contact with a highly placed CD at one …

Creative opportunities: Canada vs. USA

i’m wondering if there are major differences between working in the US and working in Canada as an art director/copywriter. i’m interested in working in vancouver or toronto, but don’t agencies in chicago, miami, and san francisco offer more opportunities to work w/ better talent and higher profile clients? i …

I wish my job was “all idea, zero execution”

I’m a creative person with the title ‘associate creative director’. I can illustrate, art direct, and my Creative Director says I am developing a real talent for writing, creatively and strategically. But I like to focus on one project at a time. I ‘ve had enough of jumping around from project to …

Common mistakes junior CWs make when targeting CDs

What’s the most common mistake a Jr. Copywriter makes when seeking the attention of a Creative Director?-When ‘targeting’ CDs, what insights should a copywriter keep in mind?
Are you asking about how to get in to see CDs or how to impress them with your book once it’s in their hands? If the first …

Junior job hunting: is timing more important than talent?

What exactly do Creative Directors do when they decide they need a junior? Since hiring a junior is probably less important to them than hiring the right senior or getting some good creative work out there. I can’t imagine CDs keeping track of all the juniors who come them for work over …


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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