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Get me out of this job!

Dear Jancy,
I am an Art Director, went to Humber College for Advertising and then Miami Ad School, interned at places like R/GA SF, Lowe NY & CPB Boulder. I recently got my first job as a Junior Designer in Toronto. Two things about this, they are using me quite like a graphic designer because I end up doing production and …

Getting back in the writing game after a rough start

My first job out of school was as a Copywriter at a big agency, but after a couple of years, the stress of client demands and uncertainty in my job began to eat away at my confidence, and I made a premature decision to quit. After some freelancing and a short stint at a boutique agency that I left due …

How do I motivate my married, female creative partner?

Dear Jancy,
I’m a copywriter in one of the top agencies in Kuala Lumpur. This is only my fourth month and I’m getting complaints – about my partner! Apparently, my ACD thinks that my partner is not motivated enough to work or push beyond the envelope. She’s married so I can understand that. But my ACD said I must inspire …

The recession stalled my career’s creative output… now what?

I’m a copywriter and in an attempt to get more exposure to television and mass media, I moved to a “underachieving” agency promising to make it big again.
Shortly after I arrived, recession hit and creative progress went out the window in exchange for financial stability.
My career has stalled. I feel I’ve lost three years. I need to move on …

Turning an internship into a job

I am a Social Media Intern at a well-known Social Media Marketing Agency in downtown Seattle. My contract will be up in a few weeks, but I really want to get hired on afterward. This is my dream job! How do I show my employer that I’m extremely dedicated to their organization? How do I get them to hire me …

Creatives and MBAs: to what degree is a degree useful?

Do copywriters or creative directors ever get MBA’s to be promoted to a higher leadership position? Is experience as a copywriter count as enough work experience to be accepted in MBA schools?
People in the creative jobs have all sorts of degrees and often, none. It’s a business where what matters is what’s in your portfolio, and the boss and your …


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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