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New in a town where agencies haven’t been welcoming

Dear Jancy,
I am a copywriter that has been working for 5 years, I have worked for good shops and have produced national and international work. recently my wife took a dream job back east – in a town not known for advertising. There is one big name shop in town and a few small shops. My wife landed a job …

My new partner picks me and my work to shreds

Hi Jancy,
I work at a great mid-sized agency in the States. I graduated from the top ad school close by. I consider myself a pretty laid back kinda guy and very detailed-driven art director. I’ve been paired up with a copywriter who has a tad bit more experience than me. Nice guy but always nitpicks as if he is a …

I get scared whenever I need to write an ad — HELP!

Hi Jancy:
I am a copywriter at a portfolio school. While I like to write, I find that any time I have to write for an ad, I get scared. Really scared. Not poop-your-pants scared, but scared I’m going to let my partner down. Scared that I won’t create a killer work of genius that’ll win a something gold and/or shiny. …

From law to fine arts to advertising: making the switch

Hi, last year I was working as a lawyer in London I decided I had enough and needed to change my life and my work. I went on an extended wander to Canada and met my girlfriend there. Later we decided to move to the Netherlands where she is from. Well, since arriving here I was determined to start a …

When is a junior no longer a junior?

Dear Jancy: I’m a junior art director doing doing what my creative directors tell me is good work, and I’ve also been fortunate enough to win some awards. I’ve been with my current agency a little over a year, and was just wondering if there’s any general guideline in terms of how long you stay a junior – is …

How important is ad school if I want to be a planner?

It started with those VW ads that resonated with me in a way that I hadn’t thought possible for a medium such as advertising… and now there’s no denying it, I am hooked! I have an undergrad degree in marketing and am considering applying to ad school next year. Although I’m incredibly passionate about the creativity that drives the industry, I don’t think I’m …


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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