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Interviewing skills aren’t as sharp as ones book

As a young copywriter, soon to be out of ad school and about to hit the market, I want to know how much stock creative directors put in the actual interview.
What I mean is, if the applicant has a great portfolio but just isn’t the type that interviews well; i.e., stammers a bit, doesn’t …

Keeping scam ads out of award shows

It’s great to see that you will be heading up the ADC awards Nancy. I have one humble request on behalf of some of the more ethically- inclined creative people out there: Please, can you do your best to ensure that scam ads, badly photoshopped ghost ads, and questionably run work isn’t …

Drive and talent, but no ad school or portfolio

I should be considered one of your groupies; I stalk this site and I’ve written before. I’m a senior at a small but solid liberal arts college approaching my last semester. I have two creative advertising internships at major agency under my belt, and have received good feedback and …

How do I deal with office politics?

How do I deal with office politics?
Neither of us has ever been good at that, and we’ve really only gravitated to agencies where it wasn’t a big issue. So one plan can be to avoid the more shark infested waters. But wherever you are, if you do a good job you will likely do …

How do you showcase online writing?

As a copywriter, what is the best way for me to document website work I’ve done? I’m a junior CW and I’ve written quite a few sites I’m proud of, and I’d like to include at least one in my portfolio to show I’m capable of making even the long, boring stuff interesting.
By all …

Can reclusive people make it in advertising?

Before I get myself in a big pickle, I need some advice. The facts: I’m in my 30′s, considering going to ad school and investing quite a bit of money, already have a BA in English, have both writing and art skills. What keeps me from getting too excited is essentially my …


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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