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Why do so many internships seem like sweatshops?

Since the “internship” issue has been recently sparked here, I would like to dig a little deeper;
As much as an unpaid placement could turn into starting career opportunity for some… for others it becomes a repeated struggle for survival.
Where is the morale in this biz? I won’t mention any names, but some agencies’ CDs are taking lots of young-guns on …

How far is too far when trying to get a CD’s attention?

I don’t know if you ladies have read the Alek Journals but it was basically about a young man trying to find a job as an art director and he had 30 days to do it… And reading it, he has come up with some crazy but creative ways of getting the attention of …

Would working for free jeopardize a future paid gig?

CDs have told me that they like my work and they would hire me if they were hiring. I’d offer to be an unpaid intern, but I’m not sure if this would be giving them the option of having my labour for free when they were originally going to hire me anyway (eventually, …

Who “owns” a client-rejected idea?

I think this may have been asked before, but here goes nothing. Who “owns” an idea?
Let me give a specific example. I come up with a fantastic idea for a campaign. I present to my CD, and he loves it. We present it to the client, and while they enjoy it, they feel it’s …

Are award shows rigged to favor work from judge’s agency?

I’m a ‘Young Creative’ that has entered the National Young Advertisers Awards competition that Canada Cannes holds every year for those 28 and under. I have a couple of questions that I’m sure many other YC’s would like to hear answered.
1- Do you believe that the agency name and creatives’ names should be …

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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