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From law to fine arts to advertising: making the switch

Hi, last year I was working as a lawyer in London I decided I had enough and needed to change my life and my work. I went on an extended wander to Canada and met my girlfriend there. Later we decided to move to the Netherlands where she is from. Well, since arriving here I was determined to start a …

Wanting to get my hands on practice briefs

I’m working overtime on my book these days, but with all the spec stuff in there I think it’s time I get my hands on a proper brief. And I’m thinking the best place to get my hands on one of those is via show submissions.
Can you give me a lead on where …

How do you develop your creativity?

What do you think is the best way to develop one’s creativity. Thanks Jancy!
Well that’s a broad question. So here’s a broad answer. Not knowing if you’re a student or experienced already in advertising, we’ll go to the catch-all of inspiration. Hang out with creative people. See art. (Yes, go to a …

Should a real but dull campaign be in my book?

I’ve been working for 2 years as a copywriter, and I’m getting my book together to hunt for a new job for the first time. For the past 14 months, I spent most of my workdays executing a large global campaign for a high-profile client. Unfortunately, thanks to all the global client …

I have this great idea for an ad…

I have two ideas for Geico commercials. I work part-time as a headhunter so I actually tried getting in contact with Geico’s marketing department only to discover that they outsource their marketing. I know the Martin Agency created some of their ads. Should I contact their New Business person? I’ve had these …

Ads on a hot tin roof

The greatest number of unused ‘billboards’ in any city are blank rooftops. If you were to draw a 5 mile radius around any airport you would clearly be in view of the surrounding rooftops. This means thousands of people every day, in every major city, look out airplane windows …

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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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