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How do I prove my value after my partner has left?

Hi Jancy,
My art-director is about to leave to join a girlfriend of his abroad, thus stopping advertising for a while. We’ve done good work together, but most of the times, I’ve had to drag him along with me to get better ideas, to be more ambitious and to want to reach higher. However, with him gone, I’m a bit worried …

From client side to copywriting: ad school, straight to work or another path?

Dear Jancy,
I sincerely hope you can help and request that you please bear with my somewhat complex dual-layer question.
I’ve been working in London as a client-side MarComs Exec for 3 years now and over the past year have slowly been getting more and more consumed with the idea of being an ad copywriter.
I’ve got an MA in Literature, love words …

Long out of school — should I go back in order to break in?

I am 3 years out of school and only have a 3 month intership in the marketing department of a school. I was wondering what are some things you would recommend for someone who is trying to become a copywriter after being out of school for so long. I was looking into Chicago Portfolio School. Is that school any good …

Employment limbo: I quit my job before the next one was confirmed. HELP!

Dear Jancy,
Last week, I got an offer from the largest agency in Taiwan (hooray!) and then I resigned from my current agency.
Today, I got the letter saying they won’t proceed because the former creative director (the one I interviewed with) left.
Got stuck in the employment limbo.
What should I do at this point?
Ouch! First, as a matter of course, you should …

From screenwriting to ad writing: making the switch

I’m wondering how I would go about getting into and writing for an ad company? I’m a produced screenwriter… does that help my chances any?
There’s never been a better time to be a screenwriter who wants to get into advertising. Not so long ago, most creative directors would have been impressed with that, and probably a little bit envious, but …

AE to CW switch: scoring an internship before returning to school

Hi there,
I have been working as an AE at my agency for about 1.5 years, but like many others, have decided to make the move to copywriting. I have a degree in business, a post grad in magazine publishing (I have worked at a couple magazines before), and have been doing some CW work with my CD for the last …


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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