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How can juniors explain losing their job?

Ad agencies lose accounts and creatives lose jobs. What’s the best way of explaining your newly found unemployment status to a potential CD? Especially if you are at the Entry/ Junior level.
“My agency just lost the _____account, so I’m out of a job.” The truth is hard to beat. Many very talented …

Upping the “wow” factor of a killer book

How about some tips on how to make a killer portfolio WOW an audience?
And what should I leave behind after the interview? Is it really important to leave something behind other than a CV?
If it’s a killer portfolio it will have all the wow-power it needs. No need to trick up a book full of great …

I’m the star of all of own comps. Is this bad?

For the past few months, I’ve been working quite hardcore on my book, but I’ve been having some difficulty in getting people to pose in my print ads. So I’ve been the “star” in most of them (except, of course, for the female-related ads, in which my girlfriend is in it). Is this …

Advertising AD vs. graphic design AD

I hope you can help me. I am a 31 year old full-time student at FIDM in Los Angeles and I’m trying to figure out if I should change my major, which as of now is Visual Communications. I have some questions and was referred to you by Jean Coyne from Communication Arts. So …

How should I feel after making an ad I’m not proud of?

How should I feel after producing an ad that I am not proud of?
We know that wasn’t a trick question or anything, so here’s a not- trick answer: like shit. And then get over it real fast and move on. The next ad can be your best ad, and no matter the obstacles, you have …

Any night courses to keep creative juices flowing?

Do you know of any night courses offered in Toronto that i could take for idea generation or copywriting? i’m having a lot of trouble at work = coming up with ideas and feel that a slight battle with ADD negates my ability to retain tips through literature.
So if you can suggest some workshops …


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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