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February 24th, 2017

Ben Santoriello

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Since his last post on MC a little over two years ago (01.26.15), Ben has gone freelance and added a bunch of new work to his site—including “Amanda Cerny 19th Century Striptease” for Smith & Forge Hard Cider (above). Nice. Ben also does VO work, including national TV campaigns for Old Dominion, McDonald’s, and 24 Hour Fitness. Time for an update!

Portfolio: bensantoriello.com

February 8th, 2017

Social Copywriter Wanted: Laughlin Constable, Chicago

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Lars Meiner, HR/Recruiter at Laughlin Constable, is on the hunt for a social copywriter to join their team in Chicago. From Lars: “Our creative department in Chicago is looking for a copywriter who knows how to live, breathe and speak social. Being able to craft copy, come up with conceptual hooks and writing til your hand falls off are a given. But we’re also looking for someone who understands their way around a content calendar. Working with and understanding social strategy gets a little star by your name. This candidate’s primary focus will be writing and concepting on a variety of our clients social platforms. However, we’ll find opportunities for you to apply your craft in other areas.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Developing fresh content, stories, blogs, and social media posts for our client’s web properties.
  • Editing and proof reading content for yourself and the team.
  • Research and source materials for your content, avoiding plagiarism.
  • Assure that content is user-friendly, relevant, and optimized.
  • Manage and upload content to a variety of websites and platforms.
  • Work with the appropriate teams to moderate user-generated content and discussions as part of our content channels.
  • Keeps up-to-date with best practices in writing for the web, social media trends, web usability, web design and business/industry trends
  • Aid in developing communications, content, and social media marketing plans.
  • Copyedits and proof reads articles and other web content
  • Applying creativity to every aspect of your job
  • Pushing and challenging the client and coworkers to take the content we create to Next.
  • Bring an energy that makes everyone jealous.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have a portfolio that represents the work you’ve created.

To apply, contact Lars directly at: Lmeiner@laughlin.com

January 17th, 2017

Sr & Jr CWs Wanted: Two by Four, Chicago

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Laura Allen, HR/Operations Supervisor at Two by Four in Chicago, is on the hunt for a Senior Copywriter and a Junior Copywriter (also open to a junior team). From Laura:

SENIOR COPYWRITER

Are you overflowing with brilliance? So much so, that you feel compelled to share your genius with others? Then maybe you’re just what we’re looking for. Two by Four is in the market for a Great Idea Generator: Senior Copywriter. One who not only routinely generates unbelievably great ideas, but can show others how to hone that skill as well. Someone who’s one helluva writer—and one helluva leader. If you translate strategy to concept in surprising ways, move smoothly and suavely in account/creative/client circles, live to nurture up-and-coming newbies, and feel most comfortable working at light speed, boy—do we have the job for you.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop fantastic creative concepts, seen through to execution
  • Come at things from refreshingly unique angles. Don’t just show us the expected stuff: surprise us, excite us, wow us, and make us happy we hired you
  • Do create work that makes our clients, the agency and your parents proud
  • Don’t be a prima donna. If you are, trust us: you won’t last very long here
  • Oversee and guide one (or more) creative teams on any given project
  • Present work to and develop relationships with clients
  • Keep track of your hours and do your time sheets on time: yes, this matters
  • Oh, and one other thing: we start at 8:30 (Yes, this matters, too—so set your alarm accordingly)
  • Dive headfirst into new business
  • Stand out, but fit in—this is one helluva fun place to work, with a really cool agency culture…be a part of it.

Qualifications/Skills Required for this Position:

  • 7+ years experience
  • A really nice body of work
  • Leadership and management chops—people are going to be looking up to you
  • An expert understanding of how things work in advertising, including radio and TV production, print, web development, etc.

For more info or to apply email Laura at: lallen@twoxfour.com

 

JUNIOR COPYWRITER

Is your brain a petri dish for great ideas? Do they bounce around in your head like pinballs on crack? If so, perhaps you’d like to see them come to fruition as a Great Idea Generator: Junior Copywriter at Two by Four. We’re in the market for a kick-ass writer—someone who not only gets it, but does it. An inventive, surprising, passionate thinker, someone who can take a strategy and conceptually turn it on its ear. A self-motivated, self-aware self-starter. Oh, and did we mention you’ll be doing this at breakneck speed? Buckle your seatbelt. If you think you’ve got what it takes, give us a shout. You may be the right writer for the job.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop fantastic creative concepts, seen through to execution
  • Come at things from refreshingly unique angles; don’t just show us the expected stuff: surprise us, excite us, wow us, and make us happy we hired you
  • Do create work that makes our clients, the agency and your parents proud
  • Don’t be a prima donna; if you are, trust us—you won’t last very long here
  • Raise your hand when you’re not busy. Volunteer. Engage. Immerse yourself. Help out wherever you can. Make yourself indispensable. We’ll notice, you’ll benefit.
  • Keep track of your hours and do your time sheets on time; yes, this matters
  • Oh, and other thing: we start at 8:30; yes, this matters, too—set your alarm accordingly
  • Roll up your sleeves, put on your thinking cap and dive headfirst into new business we’ve won a ton of new biz this year alone. Want an opportunity to grow? This is it.
  • Stand out, but fit in. This is one helluva fun place to work, with a really cool agency culture. Be a part of it.

Qualifications/Skills Required for this Position:

  • A killer student portfolio.
  • Being a grown-up. We don’t want to have to watch over you all the time, and you don’t want that either. If you can’t work without supervision, this won’t work.

For more info or to apply email Laura at: lallen@twoxfour.com

January 6th, 2017

Candice Schlax

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Candice is a new art director in Chicago after recently graduating from Chicago Portfolio School. Don’t miss her projects for the Talkspace app (above, online access to therapists) and Kotex “Congrats, you’re not pregnant!” greeting cards. Such a funny idea. How are those not a thing yet?

Portfolio: candiceschlax.com

November 16th, 2016

Chicago Portfolio School Week – Copywriter Grads

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Nothing MC loves more than posting the portfolio sites of brilliant new copywriters. Ladies and gents, below are links to 11 Chicago Portfolio School Fall 2016 graduating writers (in alphabetical order):

Sarah Bass (copywriter) – sarahrbass.com

Olivia Crandall (copywriter) – oliviacrandall.com

Kaitlynn Frank (copywriter) – kaitlynnfrank.com

Chris Glascock (copywriter) – glascockforcopywriter.com

Cole Hintz (copywriter) – medium.com/cole-hintz

Scott Mendlinger (copywriter) – scottmendlinger.com

Kevin Murray (copywriter) – kevinmurraydotcomwastaken.com

Brett Rimkus (copywriter) – brettrimkus.com

Shawn Rudolph (copywriter) – shawnrudolphcreative.com

Nika Sagalchik (copywriter) – nikachik.com

James Scharfe (copywriter) – jimscharfecreative.com

Angela Williams (copywriter) – angeladwilliams.com

November 15th, 2016

Chicago Portfolio School Week – Art Director Grads

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Fall 2016 Chicago Portfolio School Week on MC continues, today with the portfolio sites of seven September art director grads. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Allie Hunt (art director) – alliehuntad.com

Chris Kilmer-Lipinski (art director) – chriskilmerlipinski.com

Danny O’Donnell (art director) – danny-odonnell.com

Madeline Reusch (art director) – maddiereusch.com

Candice Schlax (art director) – candiceschlax.com

Jake Starr (art director) – jake-starr.com

James Stolbom (art director) – jamesstolbom.com

November 14th, 2016

Chicago Portfolio School Week – Designer Grads

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Ladies and gentlemen, this week MC is honored to present the portfolio sites of September 2016 Chicago Portfolio School grads: designers (Monday), art directors (Tuesday), and copywriters (Wednesday). Congrats to all!

Elise McIntyre (designer) – elisemcintyre.com

Jen Mulvihill (designer) – jenmulvihill.com

Raina Shannon (designer) – rainashannon.com

Vicki Wrobel (designer) – vickiwrobel.com

November 9th, 2016

Mike Beamer

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Mike is a copywriter/CD at JWT in Chicago. So much great video on his site, including Illinois “Mancations” with Bill Kurtis, Illinois Made, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (above) which might have had MC in tears once or twice. Or three times. Very nice.

Portfolio: mike-beamer.squarespace.com

October 18th, 2016

Calli Hoyt

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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

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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

September 6th, 2016

Rob Gregory

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Rob is an art director (JWT, Leo Burnett, Creative Circus) turned photographer who now shoots full time. You can see the AD influence in his photography—including his projects Childhood Cancer Superheroes, 2016 Wheelchair Softball World Series, and RIC Hornets Wheelchair Basketball (above). Very cool.

Portfolio: robgregoryphotography.com

August 18th, 2016

Jesse Alkire

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Jesse is a copywriter/designer/comedian/troublemaker in Chicago. Crazy mix of projects on his site, from Teddy Goalsevelt to Drink It Interns (above). Love his Press page—makes MC wonder why more of us don’t have one. Dig it.

Portfolio: jessealkire.com

August 8th, 2016

Copywriter Intern Wanted: Grip, Chicago

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Got mad copywriting skills? Looking for a killer internship? Grip in Chicago is on the hunt. From Grip: “We’re seeking a copywriting intern with mad literary game to join our team in September 2016. You should have the ability to develop content with strategic intent and have a strong creative point of view supported by a degree in creative writing or journalism. The mission of our internship program is to transition recent grads into the professional world of copywriting within the creative industry.

You’ll collaborate with experienced and inspiring team members on a broad range of projects to build confidence in your strengths, challenge your skills, and obtain a strong understanding of what it takes to roll with the big dogs. Internship is full-time, 3 months, and paid.

Apply now.”

To apply, click here: gripdesign.com/careers

August 1st, 2016

Jose Benitez

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Jose is a senior copywriter Dieste in Chicago. Since his last post on MC (back on 12.04.14), he’s added a bunch of new projects to his site including Adoptable Trends, which turns shelter dogs into trending topics by naming them things like “Kim Kardashian’s Butt.” So smart. So cute! (The dog, not the butt.)

Portfolio: letsseeifthisnameistaken.com

May 10th, 2016

Tommy Crossen

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Tommy is a junior copywriter at Marc USA in Chicago. His site currently has three agency projects and the rest is student work, which MC loves to see. (What kind of work did Tommy do as a student? How does that translate to his first agency gig?) Tommy is a graduate of Brainco’s online program, and might just be the first agency copywriter who attended a completely online portfolio school. Interesting!

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/tommycrossen

May 2nd, 2016

Matt Everts

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Matt is a copywriter/Associate “Big Kahuna” at FCB in Chicago. Going through his site, MC laughed out loud about a thousand times. So much hilarity. That includes the site itself, which is a menu for Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine. Don’t miss his Joe Boxer Holiday spots (if you haven’t seen them already). Genius.

Portfolio: gaylordfineindiancuisine.com

January 14th, 2016

Eric Gorodetsky

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Eric is a copywriter at Epic Signal Chicago. Don’t miss his “Broken Resolution Blues” campaign for Meta Wellness above. MC is already singing them, and it’s only January 14th. To quote the above bluesman’s social media reply to @Molly: “A six-pack was a dream. Or that was what she thought. When it came to doing sit-ups, she said abs … solutely not.”

Portfolio: thatssogordo.com

January 7th, 2016

Chicago Portfolio School Week

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Ladies and gentlemen, MC is honored to present the portfolio sites of 13 Chicago Portfolio School graduating copywriters (in alphabetical order):

Jillian Aramowicz – rightbrainedlefty.com

Zach Frazer – zachfrazer.com

Drew Given – drewgiven.com

Samuel Healy – samuelhealy.com

Corey Leifker – coreyleifker.com

Andrew Lieberman – andrewclieberman.com

Vincent Marocco – vincentmarocco.com

Brian Piazzi – brianpiazzi.com

Matthew Portman – mattportman.com 

Lauren Riddoch – laurenriddoch.com

Heather Robertson – hiheather.com

Laurel Trojan – heythereitslo.com

Michelle Wardle – michellejwardle.com

January 6th, 2016

Chicago Portfolio School Week – Heather Robertson

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Heather is a new copywriter in Chicago after graduating from CPS, previously a Marketing Research Analyst for 10 years in Kansas City. If MC knows anything, it’s that great writers come from all walks. Speaking of which, Heather’s campaign for Idaho potatoes using real potatoes to spell out headlines makes MC happy, having grown up in Boise, Idaho. Impressive that she was able to keep from eating the fries long enough to shoot ’em. NOTE: If you’re a potato fan and haven’t tried Idaho Russet Twice Baked Potatoes with cheese, bacon, sour cream, butter, and sea salt, you should Google the recipe immediately.

Portfolio: heatherrobertson.squarespace.com

January 5th, 2016

Chicago Portfolio School Week – Lauren Riddoch

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Lauren is a copywriter at DDB Chicago after graduating from CPS. She is the founder of Avocult, the official cult of the California Avocado, which MC shall be joining shortly. Don’t miss her About Me page, which gives the option of a 5 second bio, 10 second bio, 30 second bio, or “all the time in the world” bio. Which makes you want to read all four, of course. Smart.

Portfolio: laurenriddoch.com

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