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The fine line between a portfolio that’s too “safe” and too “out there”?

Over the past two weeks I have been working with the advice a CD gave me and as well cultivating some new campaigns to help beef up my portfolio. Through this I have come across a reappearing question that I have yet to have answered. I have found that the number one advice CD’s give aspiring creatives is to take …

Which school is best? Is one Miami Ad School locale better than others?

I was wandering if you could help me rank the ad schools that are out there. I am currently working on an MBA in Marketing in Nashville,TN and I am seriously considering applying to an ad school next year.
The problem is I am not sure about some of them I have seen. I know that you two endorse the MAS …

I’m sick of advertising, how do I make the (costly) leap to animation?

I am a writer with five years of experience, good brands in my portfolio, good salary and good work in my portfolio but no awards.
I am sick and tired of advertising (maybe because I loved it so much once upon a time).
I want to switch to animation. But in order to go to a good animation school, I need a …

How can I get CDs to notice me and my work?

Hi Jancy!
This is me writing from Melbourne, Australia.
I’m struggling to get work experience in agencies here. I’ve done the cold calling and emailing but its hard to get a reply. Although some agencies have been really polite and nice.
What is the best way for me to get a work placement? Obviously I will do it for free.
Should I just turn …

What should I put on my business card?

Dear Jancy,
I am currently a creative advertising student, and recently I have been attending many advertising related events. I quickly realized that having a business card handy to give out is almost mandatory.
The problem I am having is that I have no idea what to put as a ‘job title’ on a business card. I thought that since I do …

Looking to formally compensate a friend for his help

Hi “Jancy”
I have a question about compensation. I have a new biz and am excited about working on one of our very first accounts!
I was introduced to this client by a mutual friend and it seems as if this friend has several more potential clients that he can introduce to me as well (not a bad friend to have …


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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