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Learning the production side of commercial work

I just went out and picked up your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s my situation. I have zero schooling in advertising per se, but I am a very creative person. I managed to get a job at a small ad agency as an account manager in Vancouver, and the only …

Is it possible to have too much experience?

My girlfriend and I haven’t had sex in over 3 months and I’m starting to wonder if she’s having an affair. Ooops. Sorry. Wrong site. But since I’m here anyway…
I’ve recently moved back from L.A. after having spent close to 8 years working with one of the top commercial production …

Lack of minorities: when will the ad biz get serious?

I’ve been in the industry for 13 years as a copywriter. I’ve worked on national stuff, regional stuff, won awards.
My real concern is the continued lack of genuine diversity at all levels. I want to work with general market agencies to bring more Black, Hispanic and Asian creatives, account execs, media and …

Internship over a job: how stupid is that?

I’m a young junior art director, fresh out of portfolio school in the US and I have a dilemma, an envious dilemma, but still a dilemma. I have an internship offer from one of the best agencies in the world, but I also have a couple other JOB offers from smaller shops that do …

Sexual assault or just “the business”?

This is about a close friend of mine. She is in client services and was a victim of lust of the branch head on a trip. She escaped by the skin of her teeth. She is, obviously, in a state of shock. The “wise” old birds are telling her : “take it or leave …

Sex in ads: what’s Jancy’s take?

Here’s a question that has been debated everywhere, including the ihaveanidea forum…..sex or sexual in advertising. What is your opinion?
We’re not sure how you define sex vs sexual – explicit vs implicit, doing it vs just thinking about it? Last year, an ad for a quick, microwaveable soup showed a sexually …

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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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