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Which are the best award shows for students to enter?

Hi Jancy,
I’m currently an advertising student in Colombia. i would like to know what are some great advertising awards from around the world for students that can get you noticed in the industry.
Thank you very much.
P.S. i loved your book Pick Me, i think it is one of the most informative books for students and it has really helped me.
These …

How can I show my boss that I’ve got more drive than the other interns?

Dear Jancy,
I am currently one of three interns vying for a junior creative position at a big agency. I want this so badly. I’ve been working on my folio/spare briefs/young creative comps at night and on weekends and asking my CDs for feedback, really trying to get my work out there and noticed. The other two kids clock off at …

Hey Jancy, you gave the wrong answer!

Why did you answer that wrong?
re: How do i show the work i’m not supposed to show?
Your answer is wrong and could land people in hot water. If you are freelancing or doing contract work you can always try to set permission of use so that when this situation comes up within the contract (and it always does) both you …

I’m stressed over feeling I’m not good enough — HELP!

Hi Jancy
I’m a Jr. art director working at one of the biggest agencies in New York. This is my first job and it’s been roughly 8 months since I’ve started. Luckily, our company gives equal chances to juniors to come up with big ideas for big opportunities. The problem I’m having is that I’m always under stress and …

How do I show the work that I’m not supposed to show?

A headhunter recently instructed me to compile a PDF of all the material that is either still in production or unreleased. The idea being that I bring it along with my portfolio to interviews. My book is lacking on produced work, but only because it hasn’t been cleared and I signed agreements limiting my use of it until then.
My question …

Graduating from school without any portfolio-worthy work — HELP!

Dear Jancy: I’m a senior at Northern Arizona University, and I’m majoring in advertising. I’m only 3 classes away from getting my bachelor’s degree now, and I have only just started producing work for my book. I have a couple of questions if you have time to answer them.
1) I just finished up a 5 month internship at a small …


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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