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My CD is threatening to blackball me

My creative director is a “big name” in the city and has recently threatened to blackball me if I’m not more friendly with him. I know he has the clout and the connections to do it. What should I do?
This smells like a prank letter, but ok, let’s assume you’re for real. …

I just know my creative director hates me

My creative director hates me. I can just tell. He has nothing to say to me. And I always feel like he’s looking me up and down. I guess he likes my work. I know he likes my partner and I, but one on one it’s awkward. I feel like he hates me. …

I’ve done several internships; does that look bad?

Hi. I’m a young copywriter. I’ve done a couple of internships, but still looking for a full-time gig. I wasn’t hired at either of my agencies, simply because they weren’t hiring. My first question is, does it look bad that I’ve done several internships? And my second question is, is cold-calling Creative …

Is reactionary advertising a good thing?

In light of the recent UPS strike that wasn’t, I got to thinking about opportunity and reaction. What happens when a company’s competition finds itself in an unfortunate predicament that doesn’t necessarily affect the whole industry.
Does that company try to capitalize on the other’s misfortune by going to market with a “We’re …

Looking to break into the Toronto design scene

Hi…I am an experienced and professional creative designer who is new in town (Toronto). I have over 7 years of experience but I wonder if you can help me with any tips as on how to break into the design scene from here. I have done loads of online research and have my resume …

How important is a resume when just starting out?

Hi there. I’m going to be graduating this spring, (hooray) and I was wondering how important my resume will be in landing me a job as an art director. You see, I don’t have a whole lot of experience in the field (obviously). For the past four years, I’ve been paying my way …


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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