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My new AD partner isn’t carrying her weight

I have a two part question for you guys.
I’ve been at an agency for four years ad I have a problem concerning my new art director. In our eight months of working together, she hasn’t contributed to our assignments very much at all. I honestly do about 90% of the conceptual work and 90% of the selling and the frustration …

Having trouble getting seen by CDs

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 up …

Looking to start my career in Vietnam

I am a graduate student in the Academy of Art University’s Copywriting program. I want to land a copywriting job at an ad agency in Vietnam before I graduate.
I have several questions I hope you can find time to help.
1. Should I send my portfolio to agencies in the U.S. and note that I want a job in …

Wanting to get my hands on practice briefs

I’m working overtime on my book these days, but with all the spec stuff in there I think it’s time I get my hands on a proper brief. And I’m thinking the best place to get my hands on one of those is via show submissions.
Can you give me a lead on where …

I deserve a raise. My partner, not so much

I’m a junior art director who’s approaching the one year mark at a massive hot shop in New York. My partner and I previously had won a few global student awards and have already produced a few great campaigns over the last year. Everyone likes us and we always seem to get the good assignments. But, it’s New York City …

Interactive AD wants to flex traditional muscles

I have been an interactive art director for 7 years now, and pretty successful at it. I am planning to find another job with bigger accounts and might potentially get a interview with a large major agency through my connection. I usually show off my work via website; I’m redesigning my …


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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