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Is ad school right for a self-taught, client-side CD?

I am a CD client-side looking to make the move to an agency, as I know that is my calling, want more of a challenge, a real collaborative environment, and to be around people that run faster than me. The concern is this, I am self-taught, and have been doing communication design …

Will I like an ad school like Creative Circus?

I am 24 years old and have recently decided to go back to school. I started thinking about advertising as a career and picked up your new book to see if it could help. I can honestly say that it may well be one of the greatest purchases of my life. Thank you for …

Ad school is too expensive. Is it necessary?

I am an aspiring copywriter with 3 months left of school. My first full portfolio is just about finished and I have interviews with creative contacts on the way very shortly. Other contacts have looked at my stuff and said I have a great start.
I have had an internship at a .com doing various …

Expensive ad school vs. teaching myself?

I just applied to VCU, it seems to be the best program out there and I really do want to go. Should I get in, do I go and drop $40K on tuition? To learn from the best, come out with a competitive book and hope that I will be among the 90% of …

How much beyond ad school goes into building a book?

I got your book for Christmas and have been enjoying it and learning a lot from it. I’m currently a freshman at VCU and plan to study creative advertising and hopefully work as a creative. I was wondering what your take is on how much you should expect from school …

What about Creative Circus?

Just finished Pick Me and loved every word. In your section about the best Portfolio schools int he U.S. and you didn’t mention The Creative Circus in Atlanta (saw you speak there few months back – nice job). I currenlty go to school there and feel it’s right for me. …


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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