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Art director or designer? Or both?

I studied Advertising & Communications at a Canadian college and left as a practicing art director. I ended up going overseas for some extra school for a year… by the time I got back I had delved into Graphic Design and worked at a couple places doing design. My book is now …

Silence of the scams

I want to win awards, I really do. But it seems as though the only way I can win awards is by doing scam work.
My question is, should I walk the path of scams to achieve money, success and fame in advertising?
Scam ads are the black cloud over our business. They destroy our credibility …

Should I go for MAS Masters?

I’m looking to attend Miami Ad School but am having trouble deciding on which program would be most beneficial. I can’t decide between doing the regular 2 year program or the creative track program that gives you a Masters of Science in Mass Communications. The pros and cons are as follows:
Regular …

University just wasn’t enough

Dear Jancy, I will be graduating this year at a Canadian university with a commerce degree majoring in marketing. For quite some time now I’ve been telling myself that a career in advertising is where I want to be. I believe that the university has taught us what we needed to …

Learning on the dock of the Bay

As an aspiring AD who doesn’t really want to leave the Bay Area, what San Francisco schools do you think are in the upper echelon in terms of portfolio development and job employment rate?
We’re impressed by the Academy of Art University. It’s one of the oldest advertising schools in the country (founded in the …

Junior job hunting in the Big Apple

I recently graduated as an Art Director from the Savannah College of Art & Design from the Advertising Design program and I just moved to New York City. I’ve been trying to find a job as a Jr. Art Director or Jr. Designer, but things don’t seem to move very much and most …

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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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