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Miami Ad School vs. VCU Brandcenter: the debate continues…

Hey Jancy,
I am new to this website and haven’t really read around besides a single question very closely related to mine – that i found through Google. If you can help, I would be really grateful.
The question is simple. And the answer, so far has seemed impossible.
I have completed my MBA in Marketing, I am a Mass Comm graduate, run …

Looking to quit “mean girls” shop, but don’t wish to burn bridges — HELP!

Hey Jancy,
I’ve come with a predicament that I may or may not be common in the industry. I was hired from my internship as a junior, so I couldn’t be more thankful to my seniors. But now that’s in been a year, I’ve been exploring other options and different clients.
The only thing is that I’m scared to even think about …

Portfolio schools are too expensive! Can I skip them?

Are portfolio schools really necessary?
I’ve looked into going, but, for one they are way too expensive! And only the loans offered are private loans at ridiculous interest rates.
I want to break into copywriting, and currently work for a small niche agency on the client side.
I’ve been creating spec work just using publisher and a little bit of photoshop.
I’ve heard of …

My spec work is better than the real work my agency has me doing — HELP!

Hi Jancy,
I’m a junior copywriter and I’ve been around for about a year and a half. I’ve got myself into a full-time gig at an agency that talks a good game, but I STILL haven’t done any REAL work that’s book worthy!
If I want to impress other CDs, I should be doing work that isn’t spec, but the real work …

Can I make a career shift from accounts to concepting?

Hi Jancy,
I am a recent college graduate that was lucky in landing a job at a great agency before I was out of school. I have a degree in Advertising and Design but accepted a job on the account side seeing as how I was not sure I had the skill level to design in an agency.
I am very passionate …

I’m getting burnt out from building my book!

Hi Jancy
I just graduated from Humber College’s postgrad copywriting program and I have been hunting for an internship for the past two months. I felt my portfolio wasn’t strong enough yet when I finished, so I’ve seen a few senior copywriters and a few CD’s to get their feedback to improve my book. I’ve been told I have a lot …


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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