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Keeping scam ads out of award shows

It’s great to see that you will be heading up the ADC awards Nancy. I have one humble request on behalf of some of the more ethically- inclined creative people out there: Please, can you do your best to ensure that scam ads, badly photoshopped ghost ads, and questionably run work isn’t …

Lack of minorities in creative departments

Why does the lack of women in creative departments get so much attention in our industry (especially in Canada), but the lack of minorities in creative departments doesn’t?
Do you think it’s because there aren’t as many minorities in high up creative positions to be able to bring light to the topic, unlike the …

An argument against scam ads

What is your stance on scam/ghost ads? You know, ads, that are either outright fakes that are passed off as real, or are done for an existing client but never really ran (besides maybe in their own office halls)?
There are famous CDs that I have worked with at large, otherwise professional agencies …

No women recognized at Agency of the Year?

After the whole Neil French fiasco a couple of months ago, I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Creativity magazine naming Crispin agency of the year and running a cover photo that doesn’t include one woman from their creative department. Personally, I think this photo speaks volumes about this industry …

Can I work at one agency and freelance at another?

What are the ethics and legalities of working full time for one agency, yet freelancing for another, possibly competing agency? If you don’t discuss the business of one place with the other, is there anything wrong with making good freelance money on top of a regular salary, health and dental plan etc.?
This …

Sexual assault or just “the business”?

This is about a close friend of mine. She is in client services and was a victim of lust of the branch head on a trip. She escaped by the skin of her teeth. She is, obviously, in a state of shock. The “wise” old birds are telling her : “take it or leave …


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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