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Jancy moving to the US?

Have you ever thought about going to work as CD’s in the US? What would go through your mind?
We’ve had opportunities to work in the U.S. and other countries. Nancy came to Canada from the U.S. Here’s the thing: we’ve got it so much better here, on a number of fronts. In the U.S., …

How should I prepare for an interview?

Next week I’m meeting with a CD for an internship opportunity. I work full-time right now, but I really want to break into copywriting. Should I prepare for this interview as I would any other job opportunity? (i.e. business dress, resume on hand, company research, etc.) I’d appreciate any tips or …

Relationships between branches and head offices

In general, how do head offices of agencies like BBDO and Ogilvy treat the local Canadian offices? How do Canadian offices treat and perceive the head offices in the US?
Interesting question. We can only speak for Ogilvy, really. The short answer is, our New York head office treats us very well. We’ve had …

My first job isn’t great. Can I have spec in my book?

I finished ad school about a year ago and was fortunate enough to pick up a copywriting job within a few months. I’ve been at this shop for the better part of a year now, but I’m finding that the opportunities to do good work just aren’t there. Anything that’s even decent is cut …

I want to intern during college summer break

I’m a first year advertising student at Sheridan College. I’ve just completed my first year and I am awaiting my second year. I’ve fallen in love with the industry, because of the school’s program and also because of my co-op experience at the National Post. However, I do have some concerns and …

When creative depts. need to hire…

When you need to hire in your creative department, do you put an ad in the paper? Do you just go through portfolios that have already been dropped off? Do you rely on referrals? Or do you use a creative recruitment agency?
Also, what is the best way to get a CD’s attention when phone …


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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