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I want to soar, my partner wants to coast

My partner is significantly older than I am and is at a completely different stage than I am. He’s “been there and done that” and is now happy coasting through life, doing the bare minimum and leaving at 5 to hang out with his family. I, however, am relatively young and am …

A great book with no TV experience —how does that affect our career?

If you have a book full of award winning print, how much does a lack of television experience affect your value as a creative team?
It really depends on how much experience you have. If you’re still a fairly junior team, a lack of tv is considered normal (the more senior people often getting the choice tv assignments, and it’s a …

Follow-up to “Wanting to move from DM…”

Wow.
Thanks for taking the time to respond to my long-winded rant/inquiry.
I was quite taken aback by your hostility and retaliatory stance. Unnecessary and disappointing coming from two older and presumably mature professionals. I apologize if your buttons were inadvertently pushed by my candidness.
I feel the need to take exception to some of your sweeping judgments. I clearly indicated that I …

Six questions on portfolios and ads

As you two are both aware of for anyone showing mock ads, I am constantly getting varied opinions regarding my portfolio samples. As a result, I would like to ask you a few questions, to see your particular opinions/views and comments may be.
Question 1: Some instructors at my school say that it is very important that your portfolio does not …

Sexual orientation and creativity

Question: I’m scared that my creativity has something to do with my sexual orientation.
Any thoughts?
Our gay friends dress better, are more emotional and have better gossip than we bland straight people. But we dare say they’re no more talented.
Are you worried that you’re gay or that you’re straight?

I’m afraid a return to Canada won’t be challenging enough. Am I right?

I’m a copywriting student studying in San Francisco. I came to the US for schooling b/c I’ve heard that their schools are better than those in Canada when it comes to advertising design. As such, my intention was to create a kick-ass portfolio and try to find a job in the US. But as time has progressed, I have been …

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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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