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April 29th, 2016

VCU Brandcenter Week 2016


For everyone not able to attend VCU’s recruiter sessions this week, MC is honored to present the portfolio sites of 20 VCU Brandcenter graduating copywriters (in alphabetical order):

Devin Altman – devin-altman.com

Larissa Cole – larissacole.com

Charlie Curnow – charliecurnow.com

Scott Dobbin – scottdobbin.com

Kevin Fitz – kevinbfitz.com

Emily Hovis – emilyhovis.com

Scott Lucien – scottlucien.com

Scott Minniear – scottminniear.com

Patrick Newman – patrickhnewman.com

Jon Northrop – jonnorthrop.com

Sean O’Connor – seanboconnor.com

Jacob Pankey – pankeydotgov.com

Prit Patel – pritpatelfanclub.com

Stephen Shocket – stephenshocket.com

Michelle Smith – michellelottsmith.com

Mike Stango – mikestango.com

Katie Tiambeng – katietiambeng.com

Ray Tolbert – raytolbert.com

Sarah Westerfield – sarahwesterfield.com

Grace Xie – gracexie.com

April 28th, 2016

VCU Brandcenter Week – Larissa Cole


VCU Brandcenter Week on MC Thursday is Larissa Cole. So much to like in her portfolio. So many different voices—from the zaniness of Just Wink to the truthiness of Adultish Awardies to the beautifulness of Cincinnati Ballet. Also, don’t miss her About Me page In Pictures (have to click to it from About Me In Words). So fun.

Portfolio: larissacole.com

April 27th, 2016

VCU Brandcenter Week – Patrick Newman


VCU Brandcenter Week on MC continues with Patrick Newman. Lots of headline campaigns in Patrick’s book, including Spanx for Men, Merry Maids, Gränsfors Bruk, Milk Duds, and Scotchgard. Like it. Really fresh art direction throughout as well. Don’t miss Inflated Egos, which MC must have for the next MC Writer’s Ball.

Portfolio: patrickhnewman.com

April 26th, 2016

VCU Brandcenter Week – Michelle Smith


VCU Brandcenter Week on MC continues with Michelle Smith. Every once in a while, you see something so brilliant in a portfolio that it stops you in your tracks. Michelle’s Slim Jim car visor meat clips are in that category. They’re the perfect combination of cheap tchotchke, useful everyday tool, in-your-face branding—and they’re just so Slim Jim. Delish.

Portfolio: michellelottsmith.com

April 25th, 2016

VCU Brandcenter Week – Stephen Shocket


VCU Brandcenter Week on MC kicks off with Stephen Socket. As usual, MC is blown away by the CW books coming out of VCU—and Stephen’s is a great example of why. He’s got four ad campaigns for Megabus, Timex, Michaels, and Playstation VR. He’s also got a digital magazine and video about ham (above, Ham Manual), an animated short film (that he animated), a product (bottled coffee), and a kids book “Why Is Everyone Murdering Me?” And that doesn’t include his Other Projects page. How do you get better? You make stuff make stuff make stuff.

Portfolio: stephenshocket.com

April 21st, 2016

Elliott Allen


Elliott is a freelance copywriter/CD in Charleston, South Carolina. (Previously at Vitro in San Diego.) Huge variety of clients on his site, including Toyo Tires, Asics, Taylor Guitars, Newcastle Brown Ale, Lifeproof, Boston Scientific, Massey Ferguson, and Petco (above). If you love pets (oh stop, you know you do) don’t miss his video “Petco Now Launch.” Adorbs.

Portfolio: elliottallencreative.com

April 20th, 2016

Garrett Musar


Garrett is a junior copywriter at Publicis Seattle (as of April 2016, big congrats!). And yet, the index page of his Cargo site is so old. You’ll understand when you see it.

Portfolio: garrettmusar.com

April 18th, 2016

Jordan Dontos


Jordan is a copywriter/ACD at Slingshot in Dallas. Since is last post on MC (09.27.13), he’s moved from Cargo to Squarespace (as many of us are doing) and added a bunch of new work to his site, including Terminix, Texas Tourism and Taco Bueno (above). Definitely time for an update!

Portfolio: jordandontos.com

April 15th, 2016

Copywriter Wanted: Elevation Church, NC


Ok, this is a new one for MC. Julie Zolio, Staffing Manager at Elevation Church in North Carolina, is on the hunt for a copywriter with a special gift. From Julie: “Signs you may be our next copywriter at Elevation Church:

  • You come up with at least 30 options when writing a headline before you find what you’re looking for.
  • You know the difference between imply and infer.
  • You think long and write short.
  • You can hold your own in a surprisingly competitive game of 4-square.
  • You understand copy and design work together, but copy wears the pants in the relationship.
  • You have range – headlines to tweets to paragraphs of web copy – bring it on.
  • You have skin of the thicker variety.
  • You have experience you can show in the form of writing samples.
  • You don’t remember the last time you quit something.

If you think this is you, here’s the next step in your interview:
Describe Elevation Church in 100 words or less.

Email your writing and a resume to: julie.zollo@elevationchurch.org

A little more about us: Led by Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church is based in Charlotte, NC, with multiple locations in the greater Charlotte area and beyond. Named #1 mid-size place to work by the Charlotte Business Journal for three years running and on Fortune’s list for Best Places to Work for Millennials, Elevation Church currently has new opportunities for passionate, innovative, Jesus-loving people to join the family. If you’re interested in seeing God use you in ways you never imagined, you might just want to apply right now.”


TW/IG @elevationchurch

April 13th, 2016

Senior Copywriter Wanted: Eleven Inc., San Francisco


Lindsay Vriavas, Director of Recruiting at Eleven Inc. in San Francisco, is on the hunt for a senior writer—and she’s written the post herself. (Love it.) From Lindsay: “Hi. I’m Lindsay. I’m an agency recruiter, not a copywriter. You’re going to have to forgive my lack of eloquence and poor attempts at snarky copywriting antics in this post. I don’t get paid to write. I get paid to find the people that can write. That can write waaaaay better than that other writer at that other agency. So we here at Eleven Inc can be the best at writing ads and creating awesome work.

Enough about me, lets talk about you.

You are a Senior Writer with, like, 6-7ish years of experience. You are someone who can think up ideas that transform brands. Someone who likes crafting and playing with words. You are able to own a room and present to clients, and dangit, you really like what you do! You play well with others; you can work in a dog friendly environment; you can see yourself (or already are) living in San Francisco; you want to work in an agency where you have a voice and a visible platform; you thrive off working across media agnostic campaigns; and ultimately are most interested in telling stories and making prodigious branding and campaign messages.

Eleven is a good agency with good people. We have design in our roots, tremendous strategy chops, media in our toolkit, and genuinely like our people to have a life outside of the office.

Ask around, you’ll hear good things. … and PS, we work on some great clients too. i.e. Apple, Citrix, Dignity Health, Oakley, Virgin America and more …

Please send books and interest (and lasagna recipes) directly to me: lindsayvriavas@eleveninc.com

April 11th, 2016

Mila Golubov


Mila is a copywriter/ACD at VML in NYC. All kinds of cool projects on her site—but as a long-time resident of the Bay Area, MC has to give a special shout-out to Burger King Proud Whopper. Such a simple, bold, genius idea. Can’t help but make you proud to be in advertising. Love it.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/milagolubov

April 6th, 2016

Chris Mead


Chris is a senior copywriter at Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles, previously at EVB. Since his last post on MC four years ago (03.01.2010, just after graduating from Miami Ad School), he’s been busy. Cool projects on his site for Toyota, Orbit, Skittles (don’t miss Badass Rainbows, so funny), and The Amanda Foundation (above). Way past time for an update.

Portfolio: cwmead.com


April 4th, 2016

Sharath Verghese


Sharath is a copywriter at Creature in Seattle. Since his last post on MC (11.10.14), he’s added a bunch of new projects to his site including awesomeness for Blue Nile (above) and DoubleDown Casino. If you like cats, don’t miss Sharath’s 15-second pre-roll spot “Kitty Glitter” for DoubleDown. Slow-motion falling cats … with diamonds.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/sharathverghese

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