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My design book is getting copywriting kudos

I am a graphic design graduate from George Brown College. I graduated about 4 years ago. After my first year of graduating I sent out self promos to design firms and ad agenices. Only one design firm responded, I had more success with the ad agencies. I got calls right away from …

Getting in with zero experience

I am entering my final semester at university and am struggling to find agencies that will take me on their staff. All available positions that I come across require experience. Where do people like myself who have been trying to finish their education go for entry level positions?
I realize that …

Dropping off (and getting back) portfolios

I’m finding it next to impossible to reach a Creative Director to arrange a meeting, whether it’s for a job or just to get some feedback on my portfolio. Countless phone calls and emails go unreturned. And it isn’t just with one or two CDs, it’s almost every single one I’ve tried …

My book receives conflicting criticism

Scenario: You’ve taken your portfolio around the block, looking for feedback and maybe, just maybe, a job. Pretty much all of the feedback you receive from CDs and senior creatives is positive. Then one CD sees your book… and he doesn’t like it. At all.
Now I know if one person doesn’t like your work, …

Catching a break as a new ad photographer

I am a photographer looking to shoot more advertising. The hard part is just getting that elusive first job to show what one can do. Whenever I shoot for an agency I get a great response. But many agencies are reluctant to try new talent. I realize that …

Not liking the experience at my agency

I have just completed my first year as an Account Coordinator at a well known mid-size agency. I feel that my time with this agency is coming to an end and I don’t know what to do next. After the things I have seen happen around me (backstabbing, gossiping, high turnover …

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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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