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April 30th, 2015

VCU Brandcenter Week – Patrick Girts


What’s better than clicking through a portfolio and laughing out loud? Above is a photo of Patrick that, according to his About Girts page, he hates. (Now immortalized on MC, you’re welcome!) Loving all of the VCU portfolio site About Us pages, BTW. Good stuff. Also, don’t miss Patrick’s campaign for Black Flag Bug Zappers (“The last thing that went through his head … was one of his legs.”). And his Character Demo Reel in Voice Work. Awesome.

Portfolio: patrickgirts.com

April 29th, 2015

VCU Brandcenter Week – Joe Hartley


One of the great things about clicking through VCU student books is that you never know what you’re gonna find. Joe’s got under-label fold-out stories for Hellmann’s (above), taxi tops for Greyhound, funky video for Airwick, and the Patbenetaur—you’ll just have to find that one for yourself. Can’t wait to see where Joe lands after graduation.

Portfolio: joehartley.pizza

April 28th, 2015

VCU Brandcenter Week – Emma Dou


No two copywriters become copywriters the same way. Check out Emma’s “Life Highlights” page and you’ll learn that she started in Nanjing, China, moved to Vancouver, Canada, undergrad at University of British Columbia, summer dishwasher in Osaka, Japan, then three novels, The Great Wall, Popeye’s Chicken, Empire State Building, VCU Brandcenter, and here we are today. Ta-da!

Portfolio: emmadou.com

April 27th, 2015

VCU Brandcenter Week – Madeleine Trebenski


VCU Brandcenter Week 2015 kicks off with Maddy Trebenski. The awesome thing about student portfolios is that they’re, well, student portfolios. You can do anything, for any client. Maddy’s got stop-motion videos for Tim Hortons, a game for Twirl-A-Squirrel (OMG buying one immediately), packaging for Happy Socks, creepy ear love for Sennheiser, and other weird stuff including a seance with a Pretty Pony from Dollar Tree (above). As it should be.

Portfolio: madeleinetrebenski.com

April 23rd, 2015

Jeff Oswald


Jeff is a senior writer/ACD at Cossette Chicago. Since his last post on MC (01.30.14), he moved from Jacobson Rost to Cossette, made a new site, and added new work—including a bunch for McDonald’s. MC wonders: How do copywriters who work on McDonald’s avoid eating McDonald’s all the time? Or is that just MC? Arrrg.

Portfolio: jeffoswaldwriter.com

April 21st, 2015

CW Wanted: Huge, D.C.


Huge is on the hunt for a copywriter in their D.C. office, which is growing like crazy. From Huge: “Copywriters at Huge are driven to craft innovative copy solutions – people who are enthusiastic about language and critique subway ads on the way to the office. They understand that users’ time is limited and space constraints are always a concern and write copy accordingly. Our writers create content, digital media and concepts for a wide variety of users and user needs, while collaborating daily with designers, strategy and UX. They understand and anticipate the needs and concerns of their team members so they can come up with kick-ass copy that rises above those challenges. Our copywriters understand that cutting copy down is just as important to this job as writing (great) copy in the first place. They are confident in their abilities and believe in the writing they produce, and they can represent the writer’s (and reader’s) perspective in work sessions and review. Our clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds and a copywriter should be able to adjust their writing accordingly – one day you may be creating copy for a fast-food chain, the next a financial institution. Don’t just have a strong voice; have a lot of them.

What we’d like to see:

  • Proven ability to create copy for a variety of audiences, brands, and industries, with 3+ years of experience (2+ years at an agency). We want to know you can move from one client to the next without stumbling.
  •  An appreciation for the relationship between textual and visual elements. Copy doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and unless your words and the designs are working together, we’re not producing work that meet (and rise above) our standards.
  • Strong copyediting and proofing skills. Attention to small details in both copy decks and designs won’t just save everyone headaches, it’s extremely important.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines, often while working independently. Our copywriters are able to put their heads down and produce awesome work without constant supervision.
  • Ability to communicate with both internal teams and clients.”

For more info or to apply: Click here

April 20th, 2015

CD or ACD Wanted: VML Kansas City


Kimberly Easley, Director of Talent Acquisition at VML in Kansas City, is on the hunt for a CD or ACD. From Kimberly: “VML Kansas City is looking for a CD or ACD to head up one of our award-winning, always on, social media teams.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about social media. An energetic, strategic and conceptual thinker with experience writing and creating daily social content for brands that post across a host of social media channels. Day to day, you will be running a team, managing and motivating people, reviewing posts, creative directing, presenting to the client, maintaining the social feeds, and pitching in to concept and write. The rest of the time, you will be a visionary: Someone who can take daily social content to the next level, try new things, and be the creative expert and thought leader for the social media properties of a national brand that wants to be famous for social media. If this sounds like fun, let us know.

VML is a full-service idea agency that thrives where grounded solutions meet the blue sky of possibilities. We’ve been voted one of the 25 best places to work in America three times, and we have partnered with some of the most recognizable brands in the world. And with a couple of decades under our belt, our trophy case is getting pretty full too.

Part of the WPP Group, VML offers one of the best overall compensation packages in the business. Headquartered in Kansas City, VML is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more, visit www.vml.com.”

Email Kimberly at: kimberly.easley@vml.com

April 17th, 2015

CW Wanted: Grok NYC


Steve Landsberg, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer at Grok in NYC, is on the hunt for a copywriter. From Steve:

“You: A copywriter frustrated with your assignments, layers, and lack of productivity. You have around 2 to 4 years experience in an ad agency. You’re a conceptual thinker, fluent in both digital and traditional. You’re smart, ambitious, collaborative, and nice. You can write insightful headlines for print, and long copy for the web.

Us:  Grok is an INC.500/5000 fastest growing company with integrated assignments from a broad range of clients categories including IT, health &  wellness, medical devices, residential heating & cooling, and philanthropy. We will keep you busy, productive, challenged, inspired, and plied with snacks.”

For more info or to apply, contact Steve at: Steve@groknyc.com

April 16th, 2015

Rich Black


Rich is a copywriter/ACD at Downtown Partners Chicago. Since his last post on MC five years ago (04.03.10, has it really been that long?), Rich has spent time at Cramer-Krasselt as the lead writer on Porsche—I really hope that means he got to drive one for free—and then moved to Downtown Partners. And took his Cayman with him??

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/brightblack

April 14th, 2015

Ana Karina Da Silva


Ana is a bilingual copywriter at mcgarrybowen in Chicago. Don’t miss the very last project on her site titled: “If you want to know about me, chat now with my ex-boss from the previous agency. He’s a bold guy.” MC tried it. Is that cat really responding? Think so!

Portfolio: anakarinadasilva.com

April 11th, 2015

CWs Wanted: DAf, Chile (relocation included)


Who wants to be a copywriter in Chile? On wine and spirits brands? Yes, please! DAf (dafwork.com), a small, independent agency located in Santiago, Chile, is on the hunt for a Junior and Mid-level Copywriter. From DAf: “If you’re a kick-ass, (semi-) bilingual writer who secretly dreams of: living abroad, wine (yes wine …), or both, send us your book! As an agency, we’re fully dedicated to creating content for wine and spirits brands around the globe.


  • The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or related studies
  • Mid-level to advanced knowledge of Spanish, ideally with a minor or double major in Spanish
  • Minimum of 1 year of copywriting experience in agency, previous internship is accepted
  • Ideally, experience working in print, video and digital


  • Costs for moving to Chile are included by the agency
  • The opportunity to live in one of the best cities of Latin America
  • The possibility to expand the creative boundaries, because we are a hybrid creative agency + production company, and because we work for global brands
  • The privilege of being part of a multicultural team and learn Spanish

Here you can see a portfolio example of an american Creative Director working at DAf: nicksotolongo.com.”

For more info and/or to apply email us: creative@daf.cl

April 10th, 2015

Kim Sheffield


Kim is a new copywriter at FCB Chicago after graduating from Chicago Portfolio School. So cool to see her student portfolio right after graduation—and then get to see it again in a year or two, after some time at FCB. Can’t wait to see what she does!

Portfolio: kimberlyrsheffield.com

April 9th, 2015

Joe Shaner


Joe is a copywriter at Super Top Secret in Salt Lake City. Two and a half years into his copywriting career (without ad school experience), he’s put together a fun portfolio of killer clients like Peligroso Tequila (above), Quicksilver, Powder Mountain, Gold’s Gym, and University of Utah. Good times.

Portfolio: joeshaner.com

April 6th, 2015

Chris Vandersall


Chris is a junior copywriter at GSD&M in Austin. The first project in his portfolio is an adorbs holiday spot for Walgreens called “Cookies For Santa.” MC’s favorite part? The minivan cranking a spinout into its parking space out front of a Walgreens. Which means they had to hire a professional stunt driver to do that. Which is just rad.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/digitalbriefcase

April 3rd, 2015

Bryan Karr


Bryan is a writer at Venables Bell in San Francisco. Since his last post on MC (4.23.12), he moved to Venables from Leo Burnett Chicago and added new work to his site, including Audi and Skyy Vodka. Love the Audi spot (above). That’s exactly what the world is going to be like once Amazon starts using drones for delivery. Unfortunately, MC only has a Honda. Yikes!

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/bryankarr

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