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My old CD stole credit for my work. What can I do?

Hi Jancy,
I used to work for an big name international agency 4 months back before I resigned and took an offer with another big name agency. The reason i left was because there was too much backstabbing and dishonest people there. It always seemed like the creatives were plotting against you. Also, the work was stagnant and I wasn’t building …

My CD asked me not to put an ad in my book. What do I do?

Dear Jancy,
I am a junior copywriter who just finished a two month contract at an excellent agency. This was my first real agency experience. While I was there, I got the chance to do some work for a well-known client.
I would love to put some of those ideas in my book, but my contract ended before the campaign went …

Can I make a career out of only working on ethical brands?

Hi Jancy. Do you believe it is possible to earn a living (not a lot but enough to get by) using creative advertising skills while not supporting large corporations. I have a good portfolio of spec work and really enjoy the process but would feel soulless promoting products for large unethical corporations.

Silence of the scams

I want to win awards, I really do. But it seems as though the only way I can win awards is by doing scam work.
My question is, should I walk the path of scams to achieve money, success and fame in advertising?
Scam ads are the black cloud over our business. They destroy our credibility …

Portfolios and client confidentiality

I’m a web designer and I recently completed my online portfolio. My current employer saw my website and asked me to take down all non-live pitch work done at my current company from my site as it breaches confidentiality.
Some of the pitch works won but there were a few versions of it that I …

Can a junior turn down projects on moral grounds?

Is it possible, particularly for a junior, to avoid projects that one would have a moral objection to doing? By this I mean cigarette ads, political PSA’s that you disagree with, or a political group whose ideology you’re opposed to.
What does one do in these situations? Try to weasel out, flat-out refuse, …


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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