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Boss’ spouse is ruining the company. Help!

I’m an Art Director at a small design agency run by a woman. She has operated the business successfully for over 15 years. She remarried 5 years back and brought her copy writing husband on board as the VP. Problem is he is dragging the business down. The quality of his work is rapidly declining, he’s becoming arrogant, and he …

Languishing in London vs. interning in Israel

Hi Jancy,
How are you guys? I’m an Art director in London (been here almost 3 years) I moved here after some experience in South Africa but I’m finding it so so hard to break into the advertising field here. I have been working as a designer for online gaming company (definitely not what I want to be doing)
Do you think …

Too old for skinny jeans, am I too old to break into the biz?

Hi Jancy!
Since I spent most of post undergrad time either bartending or acquiring an MFA in Writing (pause for eye-roll) I’m older than your average beginner in the Ad Game.
I am very interested in copywriting and have always been a fan of creative ads in general, but at 34, am I too late for the Prom. Ad School seems like …

My CD asked me not to put an ad in my book. What do I do?

Dear Jancy,
I am a junior copywriter who just finished a two month contract at an excellent agency. This was my first real agency experience. While I was there, I got the chance to do some work for a well-known client.
I would love to put some of those ideas in my book, but my contract ended before the campaign went …

Torn between becoming a creative or a suit. Help!

Hi Jancy,
I’m currently an undergrad student in an advertising program with a concentration in management. I’m also currently taking a class on Copywriting and I’m discovering that I do have some writing skills. My professor is suggesting I make the switch.
Any advice for somebody who is almost torn between the two? Have you ever heard of an Account and/or Traffic …

Switching careers; do I really need ad school at my age?

I want to start a career in advertising, but I was wondering if it was a realistic path for me. See, come from a fine-arts background of painting and drawing at SAIC. After graduating, I’ve been working as a marketing assistant and in house, jack of all graphic design, for three years, so I know my way around Adobe programs …

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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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