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Can one be an art director AND a copywriter?

I understand that now, in most cases, art directors work in tandem with copywriters, but is it possible to be both? Not to say one would ignore suggestions to their work, but is it possible for someone to be both an art director and a copywriter? If it is, then would they bring …

Schooling in Brazil, but want to start career in Canada

I am currently studying advertising (communications) in a well known good university here in Brazil. In about a year I should be graduating and I’m considering moving to Canada. I’m concerned about whether I’d be able to find a job there with my Brazilian degree. Should I consider further …

The best Canadian ad program?

In your opinion, what is the best Canadian college to take an advertising program at?
If you’re looking for a career as a copywriter, Humber has a strong program. For art direction, OCAD has been the high bar for many years. They’re in transition right now and there’s a lot of debate about how …

Prod. company looking to get noticed by agencies

For nearly 10 years I worked on the post side of things as a producer – effects and animation, with a loyal roster of clients. Primarily work came to me and I managed it. Now that I’m trying to get a small prodco off the ground, I find it incredibly hard to …

Awards in South Africa vs. fresh start in London?

I’m currently working in studio at a large international agency in South Africa as an assistant art director, and was planning to move over to London and try my luck at getting a job there, (either in studio or as a junior art director). The problem is that I had an idea …

No creative partner; should I go elsewhere?

I have been working as a copywriter for two years. For the past six months I have been at a company where I am responsible for the writing as well as design (I’m also strong in design) and overall advertising campaigns. It’s a great position but my collaboration in projects is slim. …

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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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