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I want to be an AD but don’t know the software yet

Hi Jancy!
I’m planning to attend portfolio school and I’m having trouble deciding between CW and AD. I think I’m a strong writer and I believe in my skill. Writing has always come fairly quickly and painlessly to me, so naturally, my present course has been heading towards copywriting. But after researching exactly what an AD does, I feel like art …

Tips on becoming a better mentor

Dear Jancy,
I have just perused your entire archive over the past couple of hours and really appreciate your passion for the industry as well as the dedication and patience you display in fielding the queries posted here.
Our local Ad club has started a mentoring program to support the post secondary PR/Ad courses available in our city. I am on the …

Switching careers; do I really need ad school at my age?

I want to start a career in advertising, but I was wondering if it was a realistic path for me. See, come from a fine-arts background of painting and drawing at SAIC. After graduating, I’ve been working as a marketing assistant and in house, jack of all graphic design, for three years, so I know my way around Adobe programs …

Looking ahead to my next job, will my multimedia degree help?

Hi Jancy, I love your book Pick Me! I love it and it changed me. I plan on re-reading it after I’m done with Hey Whipple.
Anyway, for my question, I’m a fresh graduate and recently got a job as a Junior Art Director at a local medium-sized ad agency. I plan on staying for only a year to …

What good ad schools are out there, other than VCU and MAS?

Hello Jancy! Love the site, read it almost everyday.
This is YET ANOTHER ad school question. Aside from VCU Brandcenter and Miami Ad School, what other grad schools are up there for advertising in the US?
We also see impressive work from the University of Texas, Texas State U (yes Texas is overindexing for strong ad programs), the University of Colorado/ Boulder …

Go back to school, or try my luck making a portfolio?

I am 24 and I have been working for three years in a web design agency. But as the years pass I have a great intereset in advertising, as I design some campaign web sites. I was studying at the University at Turkey but I quit in my second year. Now I’m searching for copywriting jobs, but all agencies are …

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'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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