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October 18th, 2016

Calli Hoyt


Calli graduated from Chicago Portfolio School earlier in the year and is now a junior copywriter at mcgarrybowen in Chicago. Her portfolio is still mostly fun spec projects (so cool to see what gets a CPS grad into a shop like mcgarrybowen), and the first celebrates Waffle House servers as saints. Probably more than Waffle House would go for in the real world—but they should totally do the candles for employee of the month. Also on Calli’s site is a campaign for MOBA (above), the Museum Of Bad Art, which MC never knew existed. Hello, road trip.

Portfolio: callihoyt.com

September 8th, 2016

Kayla Ducklo


Kayla is a junior art director at mcgarrybowen in Chicago (graduated from Chicago Portfolio School in 2015). One of MC’s favorite things is being able to look at a portfolio soon after someone lands at their first shop—and see what it really takes to get a job at an agency like mcgarrybowen. Very cool.

Portfolio: kayladucklo.com

October 19th, 2015

Jason Corbin


Jason is a copywriter/CD at CSE in Atlanta. Since his last post on MC (09.18.13), he’s moved from Ogilvy to CSE, Cargo to Squarespace, and added all kinds of new work to his site, including Big Head Lee for Coke Zero (above). Time for an update!

Portfolio: corbinideas.com

June 8th, 2015

Bowen Mendelson


Bowen is a copywriter/CD at Ogilvy in Chicago, soon to be freelance in San Francisco. Since his last post on MC (01.14.13), he’s completely revamped his site and added a ton of new work, including brilliant 15-second Instagram vids for the Hemingway Foundation (above). Love ’em.

Portfolio: bowenmendelson.com

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

October 14th, 2014

Mike Schneberg


Mike is a copywriter at mcgarrybowen in NYC. His About Me page is awesome and hilarious. (Click on the secret baby to see his stuff from portfolio school.) Don’t miss his Motorola Electrify X campaign, Shedding Its Excess, specifically the third video featuring a … cat video … DING. Winner! Plus, it’s a fat cat. Stuck in a door. So good.

Portfolio: mikeschneberg.com

September 25th, 2013

Otavio Barbon


Otavio is a Brazilian copywriter at mcgarrybowen NYC. Ah, to be 24-years old, from Sao Paulo, living in NYC, doing it. That’s good times. Can’t wait to see what Otavio creates at mcgarrybowen.

Portfolio: otaviobarbon.com.br

September 18th, 2013

UPDATE: Jason Corbin


Since Jason’s last post on MC (10/07/11), he’s gone from mcgarrybowen to Razorfish to his current gig, copywriter/ACD at Ogilvy in Atlanta. (Nice.) His site is still Cargo, MC’s fave for CWs, but he’s got all kinds of new work up. Like Change Your Hairitage for Aussie, above.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/jasoncorbin

August 30th, 2013

UPDATE: Jeff Scardino


Since his last post on MC (5/22/12), Jeff has moved from mcgarrybowen to Ogilvy NYC, and added a bunch of new work to his site (Cargo). Time for an update!

Portfolio: jeffreyscardino.com

July 22nd, 2013

Carolyn Bergen


Carolyn is a writer/group creative director at mcgarrybowen Chicago. Ton of work on her site for big name bevs like Crystal Light and Maxwell House. Beach Body (above) for Crystal Light is hilarious. The CL drinker’s delivery of “I can help you with that” and “I’m gonna get wet” are so perfect. Nice.

Portfolio: carolynbergen.com


May 15th, 2013

Susie Steinberg

Susie is a copywriter/CD in Chicago. She spent 17 years at DDB, during which she took a four year detour from copywriting and was their Director of Creative Recruiting (2007-2011). Now she’s back (freelance) and ready to write.

Portfolio: susiesteinberg.com

January 14th, 2013

Bowen Mendelson

Bowen is a copywriter/ACD at Energy BBDO in Chicago. All kinds of fun work on his site for big brands like General Mills, Jack-in-the-Box, Chase, Mercedes, and Expedia.com. Don’t miss his video for Skispace.com featuring Bode Miller. Good times.

Portfolio: bowenmendelson.com

October 17th, 2012

Lane Mitchell

Lane is a copywriter/ACD at Critical Mass in NYC, formerly at mcgarrybowen, Digitas, Hill Holiday, and FCB. Like many writers, he’s done some interesting stuff on the side, too. Like being Editor of Capital, a lifestyle magazine for the financial services industry. You can click through an issue in the Editorial section of Lane’s site. Very cool.

Portfolio: lanemitchell.com

May 22nd, 2012

Jeff Scardino

Jeff is a copywriter at McGarry Bowen in NYC. As part of his work for State Farm, he writes Facebook posts for Alfonso Ribeiro (from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). That’s fun. But who would be the ultimate person to write as/for on FB? MC’s pick: Burt Reynolds.

Portfolio: jeffreyscardino.com

October 7th, 2011

Jason Corbin

Jason is a senior copywriter at Intermark Group in Birmingham. Question: Where have paper towel gloves been all my life?

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/jasoncorbin

April 2nd, 2010

Martin Peters Ginsborg

Martin is a freelance copywriter in NYC, after having spent time at McCann, mcgarrybowen, Cliff Freeman, D’Arcy and Wunderman. Lots of big idea visual print campaigns in his book. My fave is his Sketchbook (in Extras, third column down). You get to see inside Martin’s brain. Which, no coincidence, is full of big idea visual madness, and I mean that in a very good way. Wish more copywriters included sketchbooks – or something like them – on their sites. How great would it be to see a Janet Champ, Brock Davis, or Max Godsil sketchbook? 

Portfolio: unclemartins.com

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