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Can a director who has made ads become an agency creative?

Dear Jancy: Am I going about my job hunt the right way?
A little background on myself first though. After finishing school (undergrad in English Lit & Business then post-grad in Film) I found myself working as a cinematographer for a video game developer. What I was really doing was directing the cut scenes for next generation games. …

I found me a mentor… now what?

Hello Jancy,
I am a first year advertising student in a 3 year college program. We recently took a tour of an agency, and after picking up Pick Me, I was well prepared for the Q&A period.
At the end of the tour, the AD asked if I would like to meet the CD, which I agreed. She explained to him that …

My agency’s a creative dead end; I’m afraid my book will reflect this

I’m a jr copywriter in Toronto who’s in a difficult situation and I could really use some advice.
I started my career at one of the best shops in the city, winning some local awards and learning the secrets of advertising from some great creatives. I was let go due to budget cuts and ended up working at a very mediocre …

Making the jump from Ireland to Canada

Hi Ladies,
How are you both?
My question is: Has advertising in Canada been affected by the recession as bad as other places in the world?
I’m from Ireland. Things have been fairly bad here. With dramatic budget and job cuts, the realm of advertising here has suffered big time. I luckily kept my job. Due partly to the fact I’m a junior …

My partner won’t let me do any of the talking

I am an Asian art director in a good shop in Vancouver, and have been working here for five months now.
Lately, I’ve been having problems in meetings since my partner seemed to do all the talking. Even though I decided to ask him to share the talking equally. He simply said “You jump in when you want to explain the …

Highly polished visuals vs. sketched ideas in my book

I have been working mostly in below the line DM agency for the past few years my background was graphic design. I recently completed a one year part time course in creative advertising. My question is this. When you look at someone’s book do you feel it necessary to see highly polished photoshop visuals or are well executed sketches …


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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