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How do you get to judge so many award shows?

Nancy you seem to judge an incredible amount of local and international shows, and I’m sure you have to decline a number of them too. Besides your obvious talent for recognizing great work, what causes a judge like yourself to appear so often, and how does the crtiteria in your head …

Are award shows rigged to favor work from judge’s agency?

I’m a ‘Young Creative’ that has entered the National Young Advertisers Awards competition that Canada Cannes holds every year for those 28 and under. I have a couple of questions that I’m sure many other YC’s would like to hear answered.
1- Do you believe that the agency name and creatives’ names should be …

Can an ad be not “international” enough for Cannes?

I, along with my friend, have won the nationwide ad contest conducted by ECO India, affiliate of ECO US. Ours is a TV commercial having a national appeal in India. The idea was extremely appreciated by all. We did it in colloboration with O&M India (Mumbai office). It is going to be …

What are your thoughts on Rethink’s AOTY win?

Dear Jancy, what are your thoughts on who won Marketing Magazine’s agency of the year? Did you feel the judges were right on the money, or was there someone esle you had in mind? Other than O&M of course.
We think that Canada’s Marketing Magazine’s choice of Rethink in Vancouver was bang on. When Chris Staples and …

What makes an ad award-winning?

I read in a previous answer or yours that awards are the only real measuring stick we have in determining who is a good creative. My question to you is what makes an ad award winning? I ask because advertising is such a subjective business. Is it the ad that combines …

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 …

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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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