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I’m having trouble taking criticism without emotion — HELP!

Hi Jancy,
I’m still a student at design/ad school but I have a problem which I would really like to find a solution for before I get out there in the working world.
I am horrible at dealing with criticism. I love receiving it and find getting feedback on my work very valuable, but my body has a different response to it …

How long is “too long” when looking for an internship?

Hey Jancy,
I’m reading Pick Me right now and am finding it very reassuring, so thanks for putting it out. While I was in school my main instructor told us not to worry about being a copywriter or an art director. He told us to let the agency decide when they hired us. From what I’ve read in Pick Me this …

Good ideas are universal, English grammar is not. HELP!

Hello, I’m a brazilian copywriter who loves to travel.
And my major goal is work abroad.
I love to meet different cultures and interesting people.
But I need to practice my english.
There’s no problem to speak and understand what the people are saying.
But, as you can see, my grammar is awful.
Do you think is indispensable to know the grammar well?
Good ideas works on …

An AD in my school, but a planner in my heart

Hi Jancy, I am in my third year of advertising design. I have always wanted to be an art director, but for some reason I don’t feel that passion my friends have for this business. Adding to it every lecturer says “I know creative people hate research and just want to create ideas…” but I hate creating ideas and love …

Advice for an American AD looking to work in Toronto

Dear Jancy,
I am a Sr. Art Director living in the US, but thinking about a move to Toronto. I have a few questions pertaining to the possible move and wanted to know if you could help.
The first question revolves around a U.S. Citizen working in Canada. What is the process when it comes to applying for a work visa, and …

Is my ad school a waste of money?

Hi Jancy,
So here is my dilemma, I’m currently enrolled in a graduate program for advertising at a school in Chicago that’s not necessarily renowned since the program is relatively new. While I’m not leaning towards the creative track and I can see myself on the account side, I’m still worried that this program is not the right fit. The courses …


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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