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How do I get my foot in the door as a suit?

I recently graduated from a creative advertising program, and just finished up an internship at an agency. Trying to find a job is quite a challenge. I figured finding an account position would be easier than creative, apparently I was wrong. I don’t know what to do as a suit to get …

Immigration issues

I have an Argentinian Friend who is applying for a Landed Inmigrant here in Canada. He has a certificate of Advertising Analyst, issued by Fundación de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Comerciales – Buenos Aires – Argentina and he wants to know what to do to validate this title to work here in Ontario. He has other skills like Expertise in …

How to make the most of an internship

Thanks to your advice I just accepted a fabulous internship opportunity for the summer. I’m thrilled but terrified.
I just quit my full-time job to accept this internship. While the CD couldn’t promise me a copywriting job, he did say that they sometimes hire interns in September. Do you have any advice on how …

Best time of year to job hunt?

First, as a copywriter of 2.5 years, I can’t tell you how much I have learned from you and this site, and consequently, how much it means to me.
My career has begun outside North Am. Now I want to return to Toronto ASAP to be near my dear parents (both a bit over 80). …

Jancy’s average day

What’s an average day like for you two?
The thing is, there’s no ‘average day’. Every one has its own special surprises, good and bad. We’ll be fairly sure to do these things: try to help wrestle a shitty brief to the ground, review ideas and critique them, try like hell to inspire someone to …

Good CDs vs. great CDs

What’s the difference in your opinion between a good creative director and a fucking amazing creative director? This of course, from the perspective of a subordinate art director.
We were just around several ‘fucking amazing’ creative directors, at the Clio awards in Miami. At one dinner we sat with Tracy Wong, Bob Scarpelli, …


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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