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Will not finishing ad school hurt my chances to work in the US?

Hey Jancy,
I’m currently interning in Canada as an art director. I have 1 more year of school, but am hearing mixed advice. Some are telling me to go back to school, especially if I one day want to work in the US. They say degrees make it easier to get a VISA and Degrees are much more important in the …

Miami Ad School vs. VCU Brandcenter: the debate continues…

Hey Jancy,
I am new to this website and haven’t really read around besides a single question very closely related to mine – that i found through Google. If you can help, I would be really grateful.
The question is simple. And the answer, so far has seemed impossible.
I have completed my MBA in Marketing, I am a Mass Comm graduate, run …

Portfolio schools are too expensive! Can I skip them?

Are portfolio schools really necessary?
I’ve looked into going, but, for one they are way too expensive! And only the loans offered are private loans at ridiculous interest rates.
I want to break into copywriting, and currently work for a small niche agency on the client side.
I’ve been creating spec work just using publisher and a little bit of photoshop.
I’ve heard of …

Do I even need ad school, or can I get in with just my winning ideas?

I am going to a school that doesn’t actually have an advertising program. Will hard work and talent be enough to overcome this disadvantage? I’ve invested a lot in my education already but it would cost a lot more to transfer. Would it be worth it or should I just worry about developing a strong portfolio and succeeding in spite …

Copywriting vs. Brand Management: which will allow me the most sustained career?

Dear Jancy,
I am currently looking into ad schools, specifically VCU, MAS, and Texas creative. I am not doubting the need to go to ad school simply because I have no background in design or communications at all (a bachelors of science in biology actually).
I’ve graduated for almost two years now and have been unemployed for most of it so I …

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 …


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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