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Moving to Canada: hot shops and salaries?

I have enjoyed myself working as a copywriter for the last ten years, working in agency’s like McCann-Erickson, Bombay, and currently for an agency in Muscat (where I am a Consultant Creative Director). I have applied for immigration to Canada (the process is almost complete now) and am quite excited about making …

Creative director’s salaries

I know it is blatantly rude and of poor taste to ask how much you make, so I’ll beat around the bush: in general, what is the average salary a creative director could make working for a good ad firm?
I know that there isn’t just one set price, but a ballpark figure would be …

Winning awards and getting raises

Did your the success of your careers and your financial success go hand in hand? Did winning awards immediately convert into a raise for you? Do you think they should? I get the feelling that most creatives think that an award is or should be a big note to the CD saying “hey …

How do I ask for a substantial raise?

I’m an art director in my 4th year. I’ve done some nice work, won a few awards, and lately, I’ve started to feel underpaid. Asking for a raise is never fun, let alone asking for a big raise. What is my best strategy?
Asking for a raise gives most of us hives. We’d rather have a small surgery. Have you been …

Are CDs’ big salaries justified?

Do you think the large salaries that Creative Directors get are justified?
In the grand scheme of things, that’s an easy “no”—what a crazy world where teachers make so little and people who make ads make more than a lot of doctors we know. The other side of the arguement is, unless you’re …

Starting salaries for account managers?

Thank-you for answering my question last week, and I’ve got more for you: In my marketing class, we got a list of salaries for different titles in advertising. I’m interested in the account management. Is it true that account Executives start out at 25,000 a year at private agencies or is …

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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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