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I’m a teacher, but my true calling is advertising

I’m a complete mess! I’m have a BFA in studio arts, and a Masters in Education (with an emphasis on developing creativity and thinking skills) and I teach middle school, but I loath teaching. I want to become a professional creative, but I can’t make up my mind! I love contemporary …

Which ad school in Toronto is best?

I’m trying to find a school in the Toronto area for creative advertising. I was hoping you could give me your opinion on the following schools: Humber, OCAD, and International Academy of Design and Technology. I especially would like to know how do they compare to each other and which has the …

Following up with CDs I’ve met

I stay in touch with all the CDs and other creatives I’ve met with and send them email updates of my portfolio as I get new work. My questions are:
How often should one send an update?
How much new work should you have each time?
Should one only send the new work each time or your complete book …

An argument against scam ads

What is your stance on scam/ghost ads? You know, ads, that are either outright fakes that are passed off as real, or are done for an existing client but never really ran (besides maybe in their own office halls)?
There are famous CDs that I have worked with at large, otherwise professional agencies …

Moving from post-production to creative

Hi, I am from India. I have 7 years work experience in design, 3d-2d animation and post production in documentary films. My main question is I want to move into the advertising field. I met CD’s at JWT and O| AMP|M; they told me that it’s difficult to move into advertising with my …

Choosing between Toronto internships

I’m a recent art direction graduate who was fortunate enough to get offered two different internships: Lowe Roche and Bos (Toronto). I’m finding the decision-making process quite difficult, as they both seem to offer great opportunities, and to my innocnent mind it all sounds great. Is there anything you could inform me …


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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