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Getting my company noticed by ad agencies

I just opened my own company – an artist based animation studio. I believe that my creativity, professionalism and the unique way I approach my work can be of benefit to any ad agency. What would be your advice regarding introducing my services to ad agencies? Is there any effective commonly accepted way to submit a …

My agency values accounts more than creative

I started with a small interactive agency as a copywriter just about a year ago. The agency wasn’t really known as a creative shop – it was more like we tended to do templated solutions for clients that weren’t really very savvy.
But things have grown and evolved and we’re starting to go after …

Where do I fit in with my film talents?

I have a BA in Mass Communication & Advertising (Amsterdam) and a MFA in Directing from Film School (NYC). Interned at Ogilvy Shanghai, Enterprise EG Shanghai and Ogilvy Amsterdam as a (brand) strategist/ planner. Currently I work as a commercial film director for an advertising production company.
My ultimate goal is to have …

How much should I show before the interview?

I’ve been a copywriter for just over two years, my portfolio is coming along nicely and I’m proud of the variety of projects and clients housed within it. My question is, when applying with agencies do I send it as an attachment or do I wait to show it …

Restless to work in a new country

I’m working as a a senior copywriter in Asia. I’ve been with my company for 3 years and things are going fairly well. There is still growth. However… Recently, I am feeling restless. I am having thoughts of trying to experience advertising in a foreign country. Maybe I can learn and grow …

Looking to become a “suit”

I’ve recently moved back home to Calgary after graduating with a marketing diploma in Ontario. While in school, I got internships writing press releases for an auto maker and did some event-marketing gigs around Toronto. As a people person, I really loved how creating communication was different in each environment.
Although …

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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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