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Is 43 too old?

What chance does a 43 year old copywriter have of securing a job in an advertising agency like yours, versus one ten or fifteen years younger?

Who does those anti-smoking commericals?

I’ve always found those anti-smoknig commercials very interesting! Are those commercials handled by’s own advertising company, or do they source it out? If so, what’s the name of the company responsible for them?
The agency that does the Truth campaign is the wildly successful and wonderful in every way Crispin …

Will writing for the adult business harm my future ad career?

I may soon have the opportunity to write publicity for a company that deals in adult films/toys. I was wondering how such advertising writing is viewed in the ad world. More specifically, would writing for such an agency be damaging to a person’s career, or does the ad world just …

What are your thoughts on Rethink’s AOTY win?

Dear Jancy, what are your thoughts on who won Marketing Magazine’s agency of the year? Did you feel the judges were right on the money, or was there someone esle you had in mind? Other than O&M of course.
We think that Canada’s Marketing Magazine’s choice of Rethink in Vancouver was bang on. When Chris Staples and …

I have this great idea for MILK…

I am Stephanie and I am 12 years old I have a commercial idea for MILK. Like got milk? But I don’t know how to give in my idea.
We didn’t guess just how junior some of the juniors are on this site. I had my first ad ideas before I could talk—my parents tell of …

How do I know if advertising is the right career for me?

How do you know that advertising is the right career for you? If you can’t get an internship until you’ve completed an ad degree, how can you truly know if advertising is the true career path?
I love advertising, am quite creative and think that I would like to be a CD, but there is …


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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