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I’ve done several internships; does that look bad?

Hi. I’m a young copywriter. I’ve done a couple of internships, but still looking for a full-time gig. I wasn’t hired at either of my agencies, simply because they weren’t hiring. My first question is, does it look bad that I’ve done several internships? And my second question is, is cold-calling Creative …

Looking to break into the Toronto design scene

Hi…I am an experienced and professional creative designer who is new in town (Toronto). I have over 7 years of experience but I wonder if you can help me with any tips as on how to break into the design scene from here. I have done loads of online research and have my resume …

How important is a resume when just starting out?

Hi there. I’m going to be graduating this spring, (hooray) and I was wondering how important my resume will be in landing me a job as an art director. You see, I don’t have a whole lot of experience in the field (obviously). For the past four years, I’ve been paying my way …

I “like” the ad biz, but I don’t think I “love” it

I am currently a student in an advertising design program. I don’t know if it’s me or advertising but I don’t feel the “love” for it. My dilemma is sometimes I really enjoy it and sometimes I want to shoot myself in the big toe. What should I do?
This is a big …

What constitutes a great leave-behind?

OK, you meet with a CD, and he asks me to leave your book behind, after giving it a positive review. You do so, because you have a second copy of your book to continue shopping with. So the NEXT CD asks the same thing. You say yes, because you really want a job, …

Trying to get my book seen

I am a recent grad from Humber College’s Advertising and Graphic Design program (the best). I am having a hard time getting creatives to look at my book.
Is there anything I can do to help get my foot in the door? Is it best to leave my book with them to look at or …


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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