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Am I too scared, insecure for this business?

I love advertising Jancy, I know everything about it and I just finished my college degree and have a good book. My problem is, I am scared and I am very insecure. How can I design and think of ideas when I feel like this. Help me.
Join the club. It took us several years …

Looking to start in a more “nurturing” agency

I have a question about the advertising agency atmosphere. I’m in school right now, about to start looking for my first position at an agency, and I’ve heard a lot of stories about all agencies being cut- throat etc. I’m not interested in the type of job where you give up …

Is it just as hard to break into account management?

Dear Jancy, I know that the advertising business is hard to get into, but most of the people who I hear complaining about not getting a job are people who are into the CREATIVE SIDE of advertising. Is it the same for the business side? And if so, where can you work …

How do I ask for a substantial raise?

I’m an art director in my 4th year. I’ve done some nice work, won a few awards, and lately, I’ve started to feel underpaid. Asking for a raise is never fun, let alone asking for a big raise. What is my best strategy?
Asking for a raise gives most of us hives. We’d rather have a small surgery. Have you been …

Headhunters and juniors

I was just wondering what your thoughts are on ‘headhunters’. Are they irrelevant for a junior or entry level person looking for a job?
Thanks in advance…
Headhunters don’t play much of a role in placing juniors. Agencies pay a commission to use them, and juniors are generaly easy to find without a headhunter’s help or …

Are CDs’ big salaries justified?

Do you think the large salaries that Creative Directors get are justified?
In the grand scheme of things, that’s an easy “no”—what a crazy world where teachers make so little and people who make ads make more than a lot of doctors we know. The other side of the arguement is, unless you’re …


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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