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I hate my partner

I’ve been paired with a partner I cannot stand, I hate the way he talks, picks his nose and thinks he is the second coming of Lee Clow. I can’t afford to quit so how do I deal with this? I think I am going to kill him.
We always advise splitting from a partnership …

Where is a creative director when you need one?

Dear Jancy, I’ve been trying to get interviews with Toronto creative directors for weeks. The best I can do is seeing intermediate art directors and the odd group head. What the fuck?
Creative directors are human, too. Play their human side and succeed. A young art director told me he had his book on him when he …

Break on through to the other side

I am an art director with five years experience. Problem is, I am getting in touch with my writer side and I think I want to become a full fledged copywriter. How do I make the switch professionally. I have a partner who is obviously a copywriter. Do I have to leave the agency? …

Two to tango, but one to brainstorm

I get creative blocks when I work in groups, yet my CD swears by group brainstorming and my partner shares the same office, so I am never alone to think. Because of this I am blocked up 24/7. How can I change my brainstorming ways?
We’ve never been big on the group brainstorm thing, either. …

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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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