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How do I show the work that I’m not supposed to show?

A headhunter recently instructed me to compile a PDF of all the material that is either still in production or unreleased. The idea being that I bring it along with my portfolio to interviews. My book is lacking on produced work, but only because it hasn’t been cleared and I signed agreements limiting my use of it until then.
My question …

Graduating from school without any portfolio-worthy work — HELP!

Dear Jancy: I’m a senior at Northern Arizona University, and I’m majoring in advertising. I’m only 3 classes away from getting my bachelor’s degree now, and I have only just started producing work for my book. I have a couple of questions if you have time to answer them.
1) I just finished up a 5 month internship at a small …

After a decade of creative, I’m thinking about switching to planning.

Dear Jancy,
I work as a Creative Group Head in a well-established agency. I’ve been working as a creative (art) for almost 10 years and I can say that I did some good works and even won international awards. But recently, I am having the desire to work as a strategy planner. I’m not sure if it’s a crazy idea or …

Can a “bi-curious” creative “come out” as a planner?

Hey Jancy,
I’m in a bit of a pickle. I have finished university and portfolio school and had a few agency stints as a writer.
I have always been a bit of a strategic thinker which has helped me write some pretty fun and engaging digital work.
I’ve seen the work planners have done and have thought maybe I am more suited to that …

Forget creatives for a sec, how does an accounts person get noticed?

Hi guys!
Big fan of your book… it helped transform my internship into a job as an Account Coordinator!
I notice that most of the stuff you guys answer in Ask Jancy relates to the creative side of the business, and I have a suit-side question.
What makes a great suit, and what helps him or her get noticed and get promoted? What, …

Making the move from USA to Canada: what do I need to know?

Dear Jancy,
I am a Sr. Art Director living in the US, but thinking about a move to Toronto. I have a few questions pertaining to the possible move and wanted to know if you could help.
The first question revolves around a U.S. Citizen working in Canada. What is the process when it comes to applying for a work visa, and …

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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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