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Having trouble getting more out of my internship

Hello Jancy,
I’ve been working really hard towards getting an AD internship in a good agency and was ecstatic to have gotten it.
I’ve been with the agency for over a month and seem to spend more time looking for work than working. It is a busy agency with a lot of creatives working over time and I feel bad working on …

How can I make the most of my job seeking time?

Hello Jancy,
I’ve recently completed a freelance placement, have refined my portfolio and sent them out to agencies again. Besides working on my book, how can I make the most of my time while looking for my first full-time advertising job? Would like some advice!
Go for face time with senior creative people at any shop that’s of interest. Offer to buy …

Making the switch from accounts to copywriting

I want to switch directions in my career. I graduated from university a couple of years ago with a bachelor’s in Marketing and Communications. I have about a year and a half of agency experience – part of that was as an admin assistant, and the other part is as an account exec. I thought that account management was what …

I’m a suit who should’ve been a creative… HELP!

Dear Jancy,
I love your book!
I recently just finished an ad internship at a very prominent digital agency in the midwest.  With a degree in business, I worked in the account management dept.  I quickly became frustrated with the stereotype that only the creatives think of the ideas, and  that AMs had no place in concepting.
At a young age I was …

Is the traditional portfolio dead?

Greetings Jancy,
First of all I want to thank you and ihaveanidea for being such an important resource to those of us in the advertising industry. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve flipped through my copy of Pick Me!
I have a question that wasn’t addressed in Pick Me, probably because it wasn’t that big of a deal back …

Am I too old to give my career the “rebirth” it needs?

Hi Jancy,
I’ve been an Art Director for about 15 years. In the recent years I’ve been laid off twice. As a family man, I’ve had to put my ego and pride aside and take a number of freelance jobs that I would have normally balked at. Naturally, I would never put these on my resume except for a few lesser …


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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