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Who “owns” a client-rejected idea?

I think this may have been asked before, but here goes nothing. Who “owns” an idea?
Let me give a specific example. I come up with a fantastic idea for a campaign. I present to my CD, and he loves it. We present it to the client, and while they enjoy it, they feel it’s …

How can I best prepare myself for a career in advertising?

I live in the US and my question is do agencies rate my undergraduate schooling as a very important factor when hiring?
Also, how can I best prepare myself, education wise, for a career in advertising?
If you have an excellent portfolio, a creative director won’t really care what school you went to, or even if …

Should I quit my apparently weak ad school?

In the last little while I have had a few interviews at agencies in the downtown Toronto area, as I search for the highly coveted internship. Various CD’s and AD’s have looked at my ads in my portfolio. However, one gave me some advice, and I am not sure how …

How can a junior find the right agency for them?

As a junior coming out of an ad program, what is the best way to go about finding the right agency for you?
As a brand new junior, the right agency for you is anyone who will hire you. My University of Delaware advertising professor told me lo those many years ago: the first job …

How do you get to judge so many award shows?

Nancy you seem to judge an incredible amount of local and international shows, and I’m sure you have to decline a number of them too. Besides your obvious talent for recognizing great work, what causes a judge like yourself to appear so often, and how does the crtiteria in your head …

What’s the best way to reach Jancy?

All I want to know is how does one get a response from either of you to review my book. I’ve been trying for months without any reply for e- mail or fax, could you please let me know what would be the best way to contact?
We’re really not that hard to get to. Check …


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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