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Why would feminists work in advertising?

Do you find it peculiar when feminists choose advertising as a career?
Huh? This is such an odd question it’s worth posting just for a change of pace. Ok, trying to work with you here. Advertising is a sexist business…advertising is sexist…(assuming this is where you’re coming from)…so why would a “feminist” (woman known to …

How much does your first agency determine your career path?

Love your site! Really helpful for junior and senior creatives alike.
Someone told me once that a creative’s career is determined by the first agency he/she worked at. So a person who started at O&M is better off than a person who started at a crummy shop. Do you think that’s true?
The first job will …

How do you deal with office gossip?

How do you deal with office gossip? It seems like every creative department is rife with it. Who’s planning on leaving, who’s getting fired, who’s a hack, who has no talent, who deserves what award, who sucks up to the CD, throw in a few who’s sleeping with whos… I know they …

Do you find that ageism exists in advertising agencies?

I’ve noticed that most people in creative departments appear to be very young. I, however, am in my early 30s, and am trying to break into the ad game. Do you find that ageism exists in advertising agencies? How difficult will it be for a junior art director who is older than …

Any advice on how get an account internship?

I am an adult student at Mohawk College studying account services. I had the pleasure of being present at both Tough Mothers Tours. I just wanted to say I think you guys are great. My question is to do with getting an internship with an agency as a junior account coordinator. …

Where in the ad world can my Cultural Studies degree take me?

Hi. I am writing to you because I am looking to change career paths and use the education I worked so hard at getting. I would love to get into advertising and promotions. My actual degree is in Cultural Studies, but I do have experience in promotions and journalism. Could you …

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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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