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How to survive the ad biz as a mommy

Hi Jancy,
First, I love your book, Pick Me. I’m waiting to hear back from grad school (VCU and the Creative Circus) right now, and have enjoyed reading it, along with a few others, in preparation for what I hope will be a successful career.
To that end: how did you both survive as females in advertising when it came time to …

What do you think of BYU Ad Lab?

I’m looking at Brigham Young University’s Advertising program. Do you know anything about it? Would you recommend it?
Looking at the ad program’s microsite, there are signs it’s a good school: some really decent work in the BYU Adlab portfolio, a list of top agencies they “collaborate” with, as well as which agencies currently employ alumni. Students have found jobs at …

I want to be an AD, but I’m no computer whiz

Dear Jancy,
I recently graduated from UCF this past December and have taken to looking at Portfolio Schools for art direction. I’ve zeroed in on VCU and MAS as my top two, but looking over the applications I am feeling a sense of panic. I want to show them my best work possible, but I am not proficient in InDesign and …

UK soon-to-be grad looking to break into the Big Apple

Hiya Jancy,
I’m a UK advertising student getting ready to graduate this year.
I have done a years work (as part of my course) in an agency in London, but it has always been my dream to cross the Atlantic after I graduate and see what the US has to offer.
I am duel nationality, so visa etc shouldn’t be a problem, but …

My CD wants on-strategy but boring work, but I want ‘cool’ stuff

i think my cd & strat planner are over-analyzing ad ideas. they always reject our team’s ‘cool’ ideas, and go for the bland, safe stuff. i have to admit they r on strategy, and the cool stuff are somewhat ‘streched’. anyway, judging from the output, i find they’re boring & still think the cool stuff is better. at least different …

How do I go about looking for an internship?

I’m a 3rd year advertising student at my university but I’m having trouble finding internships. What’s the best way to approach looking for internships? Are there any good websites that list internships? Even if a company does not have internship information on their website should I e-mail them anyhow? Also what do people expect an intern to have? Should I …

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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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