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Can a pysch. degree get me in the ad business?

I recently finished a psychology degree here in Canada, and am very interested in finding work with an ad agency. Am I out of luck without some more industry specific education? I don’t have a ‘portfolio’ nor do I know exactly what it entails. I have no problem at all starting from …

I have this great idea for an ad…

I have two ideas for Geico commercials. I work part-time as a headhunter so I actually tried getting in contact with Geico’s marketing department only to discover that they outsource their marketing. I know the Martin Agency created some of their ads. Should I contact their New Business person? I’ve had these …

San Jose State: a good school for advertising?

I am a student at a community college in California, and thinking of going into Advertising as my major. My question is would you think applying as a communications major would lead me into a career in advertising? Also, I was thinking of applying to San Jose State because they are …

Making the switch from design to art direction

So I went to school for Graphic Design & Advertising, and halfway through the class branched into either Ad or design. At the time I thought it would be a good idea to focus on my weakness which was graphic design. I took that path, graduating with a design portfolio which …

My CD likes my work… too bad I don’t.

I’ve been working for a network agency for about 1.5 years as a junior copywriter. I really work hard. My director is happy with my performance. We make very good presentations, the client loves our ideas, but unfortunately he is not willing to put them into life. This happened so many times! …

Art director interview dress code

This is probably a no brainer but I can’t seem to find a definite answer. What is the proper attire for an interview as an art director? Full suit an tie seems stuffy and not stylish. I know some say that you should always wear a 3 piece but I would think something more …

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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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