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A bad economy and how it affects the ad biz

Everyone says that the economy is in the crapper and that this is affecting the ad business. Do you think that this is true?
Customers are still lining up and buying tons of useless merchandise. Every where you look, someone is advertising something. Sure, maybe the companies aren’t spending as much money creating the ads because …

What can you do if you KNOW your idea was stolen?

If you are 100% certain that someone has stolen one of your ideas and used it as his/her own, is there any course of action to take or is that just the way the cookie crumbles?
Unfortunately, yeah, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. We’ve never heard of anyone successfully suing someone for lifting their …

Is Vancouver’s ad market big enough for a career?

I think I would like living in Vancouver a lot more than Toronto, but the advertising market is much bigger in toronto. I guess what I’m asking is, is vancouver’s ad market big enough for someone that’s seeking to have a successful career w/ a couple of large firms?
You heard it here first: size …

College vs. university for creatives

I want to suceeed in advertising. I want to be the best damn creative since Bernbach. So, for my schooling, would it be best to attend a university and get a degree and then go into a college ad program? I’d like to be a CD and then own my own shop and a …

A shopping centre looking for an agency

I am presently working on an agency search for a mid-size shopping centre in the GTA. Is there a list of agencies who have shopping centre and retail clients that I could view?
Hmm, shall we be objective and fair or self-serving in answering your question? Hey, let’s be both. Our proper and …

Help! I need an internship!

I am currently a senior at a university in Pennsylvania. I will be moving to the GTA soon and I need an internship in order to graduate. I have been trying to get some information from just about anyone in advertising for a long time now and no one will reply. …


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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