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February 15th, 2018

Chase Zreet


Chase is a copywriter at Firehouse in Dallas. Bunch of killer projects up on his site for clients like Interstate Batteries (OMG the van), National Cheerleaders Association, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. But what’s featured above is not on his site. It’s a video cover letter Chase made back in the day to try to land a gig at Wieden on Sprite. It’s a rap video, which, I know, if you’re like MC you’re like “Oh no,” but oh yes. It’s really good. And it’s all Chase. Tip o’ the Hat, sir.

Portfolio: chasezreet.com

October 16th, 2017

Alan McCoy


Alan is a senior copywriter in Dallas on the hunt for freelance or full-time. Since his last post on MC way back on 01.30.10, his book is 100% new—including projects for McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, 7-11, and a whole page of hand modeling. (Nice hands!) Definitely time for an update.

Portfolio: alanmccoy.com

January 23rd, 2017

Steve Grimes


Steve is a copywriter/creative director at The Richards Group in Dallas. All kinds of killer projects on his site, from “Nothing good happens after midnight. Except Denny’s.” to “Hacker” for Motel 6 (so perfectly relevant at the time of this posting!). Don’t miss his terrifying “Termites are monsters” spot for Terminix (above). Yikes!

Portfolio: stevegrimescreative.com

October 10th, 2016

Copywriter Wanted: Publicis Hawkeye, Dallas


Mike Todd, Director of Human Resources at Publicis Hawkeye in Dallas, is on the hunt for a copywriter. From Publicis Hawkeye: “If you are someone who is up for an adventure and believes they have a bit of a ‘Quixote windmill toppling’ mindset, we might be the right place for you.

The Position

The Copywriter is a strategic thinker who can brainstorm ideas, develop concepts, and produce thoughtful, irresistible messaging for print and digital deliverables. The Copywriter works closely with an Art Director on integrated accounts and reports to the Creative Director.


  • Writes effective, engaging, strategy-driven copy for a variety of direct response media.
  • Develops creative concepts in collaboration with art directors.
  • Adopts creative concepts to a wide variety of formats and media.
  • Presents creative strategy, rationales and comps to clients or prospective clients and leads their review of creative materials.
  • Develops professional knowledge in all aspects of direct response/advertising including offers, formats, graphics and design, consumer behavior, media, production, etc.

Skills & Experience

  • This position requires a college degree and at least 3+ years of experience in development of marketing campaigns, producing copy and concepts in an advertising profession, or a relevant combination of education and experience.
  • A master of good copy and headlines, but has a sense of art direction.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to convey ideas and information clearly, concisely and persuasively.
  • Direct and promotional marketing, mass advertising, B2B and interactive experience.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Ability to think strategically.
  • Excellent negotiating and problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding people management skills and positive attitude”

Send your link, rez and/or portfolio to Mike at: mike.todd@publicishawkeye.com

June 13th, 2016

CW Wanted: Commerce House, Dallas


Leigh Sander, CD at Commerce House in Dallas, is on the hunt for a writer. From Leigh: “Commerce House, an award-winning agency in the Dallas Design District, is looking for a writer. Someone who loves crashing words together in compelling, unexpected ways. And who’s driven to come up with ideas that make other human beings stop and think. You’ll need an entrepreneurial spirit; we’ve got a lot going on. From crafting a social platform for the NBA refs—the most hated officials in officialdom—to making healthcare human again for Texas Health Resources to getting people to Go Public with their love for KERA 90.1 and KXT 91.7, to name a few.

If these apply to you, please apply to us: 

  • Brilliant online portfolio, including radio, TV, print, OOH, web, social, mobile,
  • 4-6 years working at an agency—or something like it
  • Actually enjoy collaborating with creatives, planners, account types and clients
  • Curious and adventurous in and out of the office
  • As strong strategically as you are creatively
  • Can present your work with coherence and conviction
  • Willing and able to find out about us on your own—our site is being retooled
  • Are not a jerk”

Send your portfolio to: Trey@commercehouse.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

March 14th, 2016

Alf Zapata


Alf is a copywriter at The Richards Group in Dallas. Lots of hilarity on his site, including the above post for Chick-fil-A, which is so stupid it’s genius. Alf also has one of the most delicious sizzle reels in the history of sizzle reels. You can almost smell it.

Portfolio: alfonso-zapata.squarespace.com

March 9th, 2016

Copywriter Wanted: Firehouse, Dallas


Firehouse in Dallas is on the hunt for a killer copywriter. From Firehouse: We just need 1. Ambitious creative boutique seeks one writer. Mid level to senior-ish. Must be genetically pre-disposed to working hard and not being a jerk. Perks include adequate pay, high standards and the pride that comes from not having to work at a crappy agency. Oh, and snacks. We have plenty of those.

Send a great portfolio (preferably yours) to: creative@firehouseagency.com

More info at: firehouseagency.com/lets-talk

October 23rd, 2015

Lisa Papada


Lisa is a new copywriter at Richards/Lerma in Dallas, after interning at Publicis Seattle over the summer and graduating from San Diego Portfolio School before that. One of the most fun things about looking at a copywriter’s portfolio, other than the work, is the About page—so many writers have such interesting stories. Lisa’s About page is a perfect example. Such great energy with seven short paragraphs and one pic. You want to hire her before you even start looking at her projects. Dig it.

Portfolio: lisapapada.com

July 17th, 2015

Senior CW Wanted: Firehouse, Dallas


Greg Hunter, GCD at Firehouse in Dallas, is on the hunt for a Senior Writer. From Greg: “Firehouse is looking for a Senior Writer. We don’t care about the exact number of years you have under your belt, if your resume is full of super sexy, well-known brands or whether you’ve executed in whatever the trendiest medium of the moment is. All we care about is that you’ve been doing this for a while at an enviously high level and you have the work to prove it.

We also care that you haven’t lost the hunger to do great work that got you into this business in the first place. And while it should go without saying, you need to be good with words and have a big ole brain.

Other than that, we like nice people. So if you’re a jerk, please don’t apply.

If you’re interested, email us at creative@firehouseagency.com. And include a link to your work. That’s kind of important.”

More info or to apply: creative@firehouseagency.com

Link to job post on Firehouse blog: Click here

Firehouse’s site: firehouseagency.com

July 16th, 2015

Scott Spooner


Scott is a copywriter at The Richards Group in Dallas. Since his last post on MC (05.15.12), he’s spent time at Goodby and Firehouse, added all kinds of projects to his portfolio, and is now back in Dallas at Richards. Don’t miss his transit posters for the National Cheerleaders Association (above) and his TV spots for Cisco—which explain a complicated product in a simple, engaging way. Awesome.

Portfolio: scottspooner.com

May 11th, 2015

Ben Wyeth


Ben is a recent Ph.D grad in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, and will be starting at The Richards Group in June. (Big congrats!) MC could be wrong, but is this the first Doctor of Advertising on the site? More importantly, what does he do if someone yells “Is there a doctor in the house?” Um. Technically, yes. But unless you’re metaphorically choking on a 15-second Hulu pre-roll video … which happens ALL THE TIME … then um …

Portfolio: benwyeth.com

July 1st, 2014

Jason Niebaum


Jason is a copywriter/ACD at TM in Dallas, where he’s been for 15 years (his entire career). MC loves that. Don’t miss his campaign for Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen. The acting performances in the first spot (above) are perfect. Like, perfect.

Portfolio: jasonniebaum.com

May 6th, 2014

Maddie McDowell


Maddie is a copywriter at The Richards Group in Dallas, almost one year into it after graduating from University of South Carolina in 2013. She’s already got some big Dodge Ram spots in her portfolio, plus cool work for Black Kow Fertilizer, American Classic Tea, and Sailor Jerry Rum. Good times.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/maddiemcdowell

September 27th, 2013

UPDATE: Jordan Dontos


Jordan is a copywriter/ACD at Slingshot in Dallas. Since his last post on MC (08.05.2010), he’s got a new Cargo site and all kinds of new work up on it. Including a campaign for Warheads, featuring “The Teeth.” MC imagines what it was like being the set designer, getting that call. “So, like, there’s like this giant mouth, and like, two of the teeth are people, Sour Tooth and Sweet Tooth …”

Portfolio: jordandontos.com

June 17th, 2013

Jeffrey Hodgson

Jeffrey is a copywriter at The Richards Group in Dallas. He’s got a nice variety of clients and media on his site, including tons of work for Dodge Ram and GameStop. When you’ve got print, video and digital to show, does anything work better/simpler/faster than Cargo + Vimeo? If so, MC hasn’t seen it.

Portfolio: cargocollective.com/jeffreyhodgson

November 5th, 2012

Mike Fisher

Mike is a copywriter/CD in Dallas. He spent a serious chunk of time at The Richards Group (12 years), and his Behance portfolio is full of all kinds of Home Depot work—including the above billboard that hung at Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, owned by Jerry Jones. MC is neutral in all matters, and respects all 50 states, including Texas which is home to more than one great city and many, many awesome, creative people. But there’s no denying it. There’s only one Texas.

Portfolio: http://be.net/mikefishercreative

July 17th, 2012

CW Wanted: Launch

Diane Seimetz, Principal/Brand Insights at Launch in Carrollton, Texas, is looking for a writer. From Diane, “We are mega-agency refugees who decided if we were going to work for lunatics, they might as well be us. Our culture is creative-centric (kismet: two of the three principals are, indeed, creative people), smart, with a generous helping of “alecky” thrown in. As a boutique, we have been able to attract like minded mega-agency client refugees who wanted more big ideas with fewer layers. Our resulting collection of accounts are amazing and amazingly varied; they range, literally, from brass bands to Bentleys. Does that sound fun, or what.

We are looking for a special person who happens to double as a great writer.  Maybe ‘great conceptual person with impeccable taste’ might be a better articulation. You think in ideas and campaigns. You’re a collaborator, your ideas runneth over, you have a strong work ethic, you want to impact the companies you create for, and dream of having an entire agency helping you sell your work (versus, say, killing it before it leaves the building). You’ve got award-winning TV and radio, cackle-producing print, ingenious out of home, intriguing interactive. You are selfish about building your book. Every brief is an opportunity waiting to happen. If any of the aforementioned resonates with you (er, you all…this is Texas), that could be a sign. Please forward your resume, salary requirement (puleeze), and digital renditions of your portfolio as soon as humanly possible.”

Email to: dseimetz@launchagency.com

May 15th, 2012

Scott Spooner

Scott is a copywriter at Commerce House in Dallas. He’s one year of school (U of North Texas) and already has the beginnings of a kick-ass portfolio. Check out his brand book for Deep Ellum Brewing Company. The kid ain’t afraid to write. MC likes that.

Portfolio: scottspooner.com

February 10th, 2012

Nikki Lott

Nikki is a copywriter/ACD at Integer in Dallas. Her site was submitted by friend of MC, Alan McCoy (thanks, man), who notes that she wrote the entire 7-Eleven site: from corn dog rollers to little chocolate donuts. Yum.

Portfolio: nikkilott.com

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