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Why do so many internships seem like sweatshops?

Since the “internship” issue has been recently sparked here, I would like to dig a little deeper;
As much as an unpaid placement could turn into starting career opportunity for some… for others it becomes a repeated struggle for survival.
Where is the morale in this biz? I won’t mention any names, but some agencies’ CDs are taking lots of young-guns on …

How far is too far when trying to get a CD’s attention?

I don’t know if you ladies have read the Alek Journals but it was basically about a young man trying to find a job as an art director and he had 30 days to do it… And reading it, he has come up with some crazy but creative ways of getting the attention of …

Would working for free jeopardize a future paid gig?

CDs have told me that they like my work and they would hire me if they were hiring. I’d offer to be an unpaid intern, but I’m not sure if this would be giving them the option of having my labour for free when they were originally going to hire me anyway (eventually, …

The top shops in Canada: inquiring Brit wants to know

I’m an award winning art director with over 5 years industry experience . I work in a top 10 UK ad agency and I want to move to Canada, but I’m not sure how best to approach agencies and, more importantly, which agencies are worth approaching . Could you please give me …

I’ve got an amazing ad idea for Nike. How can I get it to them?

I have a great advertising idea for Nike and another manufacturer. Without a doubt – Nike, the manufacturer and myself stand to make a large amount of money. I found Nike’s advertising site which explains they are unable to accept any outside ideas. How would I get around …

Should I be a writer or an art director?

I’m an art director, or at least I thought I was. I keep wondering if I wouldn’t make a better writer. My writer thinks I’m great with copy, and often jokes that he can just set up a hammock in the corner and let me take over. Know anyone who’s crossed over and …


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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