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My old agency stripped my name from the credits of my work — HELP!

Dear Jancy,
I just switched from a big agency to a small agency after my creative director was laid off.
Recently, I found out that the big agency was entering one of the last projects I worked on and finished into award shows but the entry doesn’t include me or any of the other people who left the agency once the project …

Hey Jancy, you gave the wrong answer!

Why did you answer that wrong?
re: How do i show the work i’m not supposed to show?
Your answer is wrong and could land people in hot water. If you are freelancing or doing contract work you can always try to set permission of use so that when this situation comes up within the contract (and it always does) both you …

How do I show the work that I’m not supposed to show?

A headhunter recently instructed me to compile a PDF of all the material that is either still in production or unreleased. The idea being that I bring it along with my portfolio to interviews. My book is lacking on produced work, but only because it hasn’t been cleared and I signed agreements limiting my use of it until then.
My question …

Should weed work be put in my portfolio?

I’m a student. I just got an assignment designing a centerfold to a magazine that is distributed in over five cities in the country. But it’s a magazine for marijuana health. I don’t smoke, but of course I took the assignment. It’s a great, creative, tie-dye opportunity. But even though the magazine is so BIG, is it tacky to put …

Can I quit a new job for a better one and NOT seem like a jerk?

Dear Jancy: If you just started a job at Agency A, and three weeks later Agency B offers you a better job (more money), with better opportunities (proven track record of award wins and work that’s respected world wide), is it wrong to quit and take Agency B’s offer?
It’s just business, right? Agencies hire people and they get 3 …

How can I keep CDs from stealing my slogan ideas?

Dear Jancy,
I have developed slogans for various products and I want to show them to the respective CDs. What would keep them from using my slogans for their clients? I don’t have the means to fight them in court.
Can a slogan be trade marked? Could I ask for and have a fair chance of getting some kind of royalty?
I …


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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