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Can a designer become an AD without ad school?

I wanted to thank you for introducing me to the world of advertising with your book Pick Me. It is perhaps the most horrifying book I’ve read to date.
Currently, I’m a graphic designer working at a great design firm with a mentor who challenges me. Sounds great right? It does if you’re not …

My creative department has no creativity

I work in a small ad agency where I am the only person with an advertising background. I was lured in by some great creative which I later learned was years old.
The rest of the creative team comes from English, communications, PR, history and biology backgrounds. I understand that this can benefit an …

2 writers + 0 art directors = solid team?

I’m a writer. I have a friend that’s a writer. Apart, we make good ads. Together, we make really good ads. And while our art direction skills are limited, they’re definitely not the worst you’ll ever see and they’ll only get better with time.
Basically, we make a really good creative team, but you never …

How long will it take to find a first job?

My boyfriend just graduated from a post graduate course in art direction and copywriting here in London. That was a few months ago, and he and his partner still don’t have a placement. They seem to do nothing but go round agencies with their book and get encouraging (or not) advice, but …

Do I first need an internship get a job?

Hi, I’m a copywriting student now out of school and looking to get into an agency. I didn’t get an internship this summer and I don’t know when the next round of internships are available (winter? next summer?); my point is can you get hired without going through an internship first?
I’ve only …

Helping to turn a big agency’s rep around

I’m being offered a CD position at a big shop with a less than stellar creative reputation. However, they’ve made some key hires of top award- winning talent from some of the best agencies in the country. The new ECD is also a heavy hitter, and he’s trying to staff it up with great …

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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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