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2 writers + 0 art directors = solid team?

I’m a writer. I have a friend that’s a writer. Apart, we make good ads. Together, we make really good ads. And while our art direction skills are limited, they’re definitely not the worst you’ll ever see and they’ll only get better with time.
Basically, we make a really good creative team, but you never …

My partner is too “student-ish”

I’m in a big, sour, Kosher pickle. I’ve been working as a junior-ish writer at a super agency for the last 6 months. An agency where both my personality and work are embraced and where I’m challenged every day to push the limits. Nutshell? Total dream. Problem is, that je ne …

Can our book have work from before we were a team?

My creative partner and I have leapt at the chance of a junior team position in our home town. Problem is we haven’t even completed our book but they are still keen to see us. We are planning on putting in some of our own individual work that we completed before we were a …

I want to soar, my partner wants to coast

My partner is significantly older than I am and is at a completely different stage than I am. He’s “been there and done that” and is now happy coasting through life, doing the bare minimum and leaving at 5 to hang out with his family. I, however, am relatively young and am …

Where can I find a partner to help me on my book?

I am a copywriter for a private company but my passion is writing copy for radio. On the advice of a well respected Creative Director in the industry, I was told to get some ad agency experience. He said to put together a portfolio with examples of all kinds of writing for billboard, magazine, newspaper and even radio ads. He …

My own small company preaches “teamwork”, practices exclusion

I have been in advertising for 12 years and I set up a creative-only outfit with two other people, who do not have an advertising background.
For some time now, one of my partners acts as de facto creative director though her role clearly is to bring in new business. When I had a chat …


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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