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I’m a suit who should’ve been a creative… HELP!

Dear Jancy,
I love your book!
I recently just finished an ad internship at a very prominent digital agency in the midwest.  With a degree in business, I worked in the account management dept.  I quickly became frustrated with the stereotype that only the creatives think of the ideas, and  that AMs had no place in concepting.
At a young age I was …

Is the traditional portfolio dead?

Greetings Jancy,
First of all I want to thank you and ihaveanidea for being such an important resource to those of us in the advertising industry. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve flipped through my copy of Pick Me!
I have a question that wasn’t addressed in Pick Me, probably because it wasn’t that big of a deal back …

Am I too old to give my career the “rebirth” it needs?

Hi Jancy,
I’ve been an Art Director for about 15 years. In the recent years I’ve been laid off twice. As a family man, I’ve had to put my ego and pride aside and take a number of freelance jobs that I would have normally balked at. Naturally, I would never put these on my resume except for a few lesser …

Should I switch jobs for better opportunities (but less money)?

Hi Jancy,
I am currently in a temp-to-perm job with a medium sized agency to ultimately become a full time Digital Producer. I have been working my tail off and my boss is very happy with me. I would be surprised if I’m not made an offer after the 90 days (which is coming up). I have been offered a more …

Internship vs. “future career path” discussion… HELP!

Help me Jancy!
I have just endured months of trying to land myself an internship to no avail, until recently I got my foot in the door at a small year-old agency. I have been in contact with the MD the last couple of weeks organizing the details of an internship.
Then out of nowhere I’ve received a reply to a letter …

My uninterested partner is ruining my internship experience. HELP!

Hello Jancy,
I’m an art direction intern at an agency in NYC. I’m writing because I’m having problems with my partner. While you’ve answered a lot of questions about partner troubles with those who have full-time positions, I’m not sure what the protocol is for interns.
I’m working hard, requesting as much work as possible and trying to get a job after …


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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