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I was shortlisted at Cannes — should I ask for a raise?

Hello Jancy,
A TV spot I did got shorlisted for Cannes this year.
It didn’t win, but the fact it made it that far is amazing considering how conservative the client is (who was totally amped at the nomination). There have been slaps on for the accounts guys, but so far my CD hasn’t talked to me about it (she’s new). Everyone …

My old agency stripped my name from the credits of my work — HELP!

Dear Jancy,
I just switched from a big agency to a small agency after my creative director was laid off.
Recently, I found out that the big agency was entering one of the last projects I worked on and finished into award shows but the entry doesn’t include me or any of the other people who left the agency once the project …

Keeping scam ads out of award shows

It’s great to see that you will be heading up the ADC awards Nancy. I have one humble request on behalf of some of the more ethically- inclined creative people out there: Please, can you do your best to ensure that scam ads, badly photoshopped ghost ads, and questionably run work isn’t …

Why are awards for effectiveness not highly coveted?

I just read your post ranking the most important awards and was wondering why the Effies were not mentioned? Why is it more important to win a Cannes Lion for a local ballerina school like Saatchi/NY just did than to boost the sales of a national laundry detergent and win an Effie. …

How would you rank the award shows?

Which are the most prestigious award shows for creative people in America? I mean, how would you rank them on their ability to get me job openings?
Specifically, how would you rate the New York Festival Print/Outdoor?
Awards do indeed enhance your value. The right ones will help you get the interviews and the jobs. Your …

Is it in good taste to name-drop the awards you’ve won?

I was just wondering, I’ve been told before not to boast about awards that you’ve won because no one likes a show off.
I’m not one to have a big head, actually I like to stay humble and I’m constantly afraid of the blank white page, it keeps me on my toes; but to get …


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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