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I’m a junior catching flak for “junior” mistakes

After a year of freelancing I’ve finally started my first real full time job as a junior copywriter.
My bosses are happy with my headlines and concepts, but they get frustrated with my inexperience in executing the ideas. For example, while making a direct mail piece I was scolded for burying the call to action in some body copy. I was …

Will getting into the ad biz kill my outside life?

I have been considering going into advertising since I graduated from college. I am really excited about it and will probably be going to a portfolio school this fall. My only concern is this: is there life outside of the agency? It’s so important for me to find a job that I love and …

Weak art direction in my non-ad school CW book

I am an aspiring copywriter and am just finishing up my book. I did not go to portfolio school but have been on my book for the last year. I have 7 solid campaigns (so I feel) but have only been able to get 2 directed by a student art director who went to Miami Ad School. The rest are “thrown together” by myself …

My partner is too “student-ish”

I’m in a big, sour, Kosher pickle. I’ve been working as a junior-ish writer at a super agency for the last 6 months. An agency where both my personality and work are embraced and where I’m challenged every day to push the limits. Nutshell? Total dream. Problem is, that je ne …

Why don’t Canadian ad greats teach at schools?

I noticed that Rick Boyko decided to go off and teach in the states after his advertising career and many ad professionals do this. But when are the Canadian schools (who can’t hold a candle next to VCU Adcenter etc) going to have ad greats like Rick Boyko and Neil French become …

No women recognized at Agency of the Year?

After the whole Neil French fiasco a couple of months ago, I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Creativity magazine naming Crispin agency of the year and running a cover photo that doesn’t include one woman from their creative department. Personally, I think this photo speaks volumes about this industry …

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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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