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How many ads should be in my book?

What is the right number of ads to have in my book? How many is too many (or too few)?
The right number of ads is however many equally strong ads you’ve created. In other words, only ever put your best efforts in the book. As CD’s, we’re hoping to see around 10-ish different strategic …

Winning awards and getting raises

Did your the success of your careers and your financial success go hand in hand? Did winning awards immediately convert into a raise for you? Do you think they should? I get the feelling that most creatives think that an award is or should be a big note to the CD saying “hey …

Nobody at my shop has ad biz experience


My design book is getting copywriting kudos

I am a graphic design graduate from George Brown College. I graduated about 4 years ago. After my first year of graduating I sent out self promos to design firms and ad agenices. Only one design firm responded, I had more success with the ad agencies. I got calls right away from …

Getting in with zero experience

I am entering my final semester at university and am struggling to find agencies that will take me on their staff. All available positions that I come across require experience. Where do people like myself who have been trying to finish their education go for entry level positions?
I realize that …

Dropping off (and getting back) portfolios

I’m finding it next to impossible to reach a Creative Director to arrange a meeting, whether it’s for a job or just to get some feedback on my portfolio. Countless phone calls and emails go unreturned. And it isn’t just with one or two CDs, it’s almost every single one I’ve tried …


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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