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Is ad school right for a self-taught, client-side CD?

I am a CD client-side looking to make the move to an agency, as I know that is my calling, want more of a challenge, a real collaborative environment, and to be around people that run faster than me. The concern is this, I am self-taught, and have been doing communication design …

Will I like an ad school like Creative Circus?

I am 24 years old and have recently decided to go back to school. I started thinking about advertising as a career and picked up your new book to see if it could help. I can honestly say that it may well be one of the greatest purchases of my life. Thank you for …

I’ve worked on one account in six years

Man, am I stuck. I work at a top-rated shop. Unfortunately, I’ve been working on the same account for 6 – that’s right – 6 years. I have a ton of great, award-winning work to show for that account, but very little for the others (the accounts aren’t very good). I really want …

My pals are winning awards. Why not me?

I’ve finished reading the book “Pick Me’ one and a half weeks ago. I have to say, the book answered most of my questions that I have been yearning to ask. However, my purpose of writing this to you is weirdly enough is to ask a question that I think would be personal.
Jancy, all …

Can I work at one agency and freelance at another?

What are the ethics and legalities of working full time for one agency, yet freelancing for another, possibly competing agency? If you don’t discuss the business of one place with the other, is there anything wrong with making good freelance money on top of a regular salary, health and dental plan etc.?
This …

Ad school is too expensive. Is it necessary?

I am an aspiring copywriter with 3 months left of school. My first full portfolio is just about finished and I have interviews with creative contacts on the way very shortly. Other contacts have looked at my stuff and said I have a great start.
I have had an internship at a .com doing various …


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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