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What’s the route to becoming a CD?

What is the normal route to become a Creative Director? I know that there isn’t one set path, but do you find that more CDs begin their career as an Art Director or a Copywriter? And what do you think would be more beneficial?
Once upon a time, there was a sort of normal route …

How do you avoid hiring assholes?

I’ve heard that you have a policy not to hire assholes. So, do you have some sort of asshole test when you hire? How do you know they are not acting in the interview?
Boy, the day they invent the asshole meter, sign us up. Unfortunately we only have gut instinct to go on. And …

Good CDs vs. great CDs

What’s the difference in your opinion between a good creative director and a fucking amazing creative director? This of course, from the perspective of a subordinate art director.
We were just around several ‘fucking amazing’ creative directors, at the Clio awards in Miami. At one dinner we sat with Tracy Wong, Bob Scarpelli, …

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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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