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Do agencies drug-test before hiring? If that’s the case, well, uh…

Hi Jancy,
I had a question as whether ad agencies drug test. I really don’t mean to sound like a weirdo but I consider myself an open-minded person and assumed it was accepted in the industry. I just got a job offer on the account side with DDB (an Omnicom company) and I’m a little worried because I read somewhere on …

Will not finishing ad school hurt my chances to work in the US?

Hey Jancy,
I’m currently interning in Canada as an art director. I have 1 more year of school, but am hearing mixed advice. Some are telling me to go back to school, especially if I one day want to work in the US. They say degrees make it easier to get a VISA and Degrees are much more important in the …

I’m not getting the mentorship I need nor the money I deserve — HELP!

Dear Jancy,
I am a planner at a digital shop and have been at the agency for a little over two years. My role was very small when I started, with no mentorship or guidance. I wasn’t happy and changed things by taking initiative, talked to account/creative folks and immersed myself fully in projects. Some of the work I was part …

What should I charge for a project?

Hi Jancy,
I recently made an acquaintance with someone who has a business and I shared some print ad ideas with them and they were amazed at the concepts I came up with. They want me to write their company bio and their/her profile. I have no idea what I should charge for something like this. Is there are going rate …

The client is killing us with mediocrity — how do we get off of the account?

Dear Jancy,
So, we work at a medium sized, decent agency. Great people. Okay clients. Been working on one particular client for almost a year now. In that time, some things have worried me to the point we feel like asking to be off of the account. Blatant disrespect, rewriting our ideas, not understanding things a CMO should know (Pinterest, Twitter) …

I was shortlisted at Cannes — should I ask for a raise?

Hello Jancy,
A TV spot I did got shorlisted for Cannes this year.
It didn’t win, but the fact it made it that far is amazing considering how conservative the client is (who was totally amped at the nomination). There have been slaps on for the accounts guys, but so far my CD hasn’t talked to me about it (she’s new). Everyone …


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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