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Joseph F. Hallas

Experienced article and copy writer.

Manchester, UK

Joseph F. Hallas

I have professional writing experience in copy, blogs, articles, TV reviews, news pieces, screen-writing, play-writing, infographics and PR.

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My Mystery Holiday Experience

Is pitching up at the airport with no idea where you're flying to really a salve for travel-related anxiety? A few months ago, two friends and I decided we wanted to go on holiday. These were my friends Caroline and Jake, and all three of us are admittedly quite stubborn and indecisive, which made choosing a destination rather difficult.
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Bowie at the BBC

“I screw up in major ways. I’d much prefer to have a magnificent disaster than mediocre success.” The above quote is one of many memorable Bowie titbits that stayed with me after viewing Bowie at the BBC, an insightful collage of BBC archive footage showcasing an almost eerie summary of David Bowie’s 50-year career. This collection of interviews, news stories, live footage and behind-the-scenes video provides a brief glimpse into the life of an extraordinary man. The additional clips of early music videos such as the original version of “Space Oddity”, “Oh! You Pretty Things” and “Starman” are sure to provide nostalgia to the old and wonder to the youth. Suffice it to say that I found this programme a tad emotional.
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Travelling as a gay couple

Travelling to different cultures can present a wide array of challenges, particularly if your basic rights change in your destination of choice. One writer considers the difficulties of travel as part of a gay couple. A middle-aged gay couple I know recently toured the southern states of the US. In a Floridian bar they encountered a formerly-homeless man to whom they gave a considerable amount of money many years ago.
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Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe

Cynical metropolitan elitists such as myself have one thing to hold onto at the end of this abysmal year: Charlie Brooker tearing it to bleeding shreds. Charlie Brooker’s 2016 Wipe was almost too easy really wasn’t it? The year that brought us Brexit, Trump, war, famine, terror and all-around terribleness has given Charlie Brooker a plethora of material to condescendingly mock.
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How To Read Guitar Tabs

Guitar tab is kind-of like sheet music for a guitar, except that it’s not the same as Sheet Music in any way at all. I realise this may sound off-putting, but bare with me- it’s much easier than it looks! Basically a guitar tab consists of 6 lines, which represent the strings of the guitar. The thickest string is represented by the bottom line, and the thinnest string is represented by the top line.
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LGBT TV – RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Drag Invasion

In the past couple of years a brilliant US TV Show called RuPaul’s Drag Race finally came to UK screens via Netflix and Tru TV. If you haven’t heard of it, Drag Race is a reality TV show (one of the few decent ones) in which a dozen or so drag queens with wildly different looks and personalities all compete for the spot of “America’s Next Drag Superstar!” Hosted by legendary cross-dressing supermodel RuPaul- it’s one of the funniest, sassiest and most authentic programmes on television. It’s also super irreverent which highly appeals to my desire to mock everything.
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Dating App For Beards?

Interview with "Bristlr" founder for WO Magazine (official website link is now expired after WO's liquidation)
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World War Weird

Just a heads up: you probably shouldn’t bother. I fell for this programme’s gimmick. It had an intriguing name. World War Weird was simply too much of a provocative name to pass up. The show has some intriguing nuggets of real and fact-checked information, before spoiling it all with wild speculation and unsupported theories that are dazzled before you with fancy editing and camerawork. It feels an awful lot like it belongs on The History Channel. You know, when it stopped being about history and started doing shows about aliens and stuff. I should’ve known what I was walking into I suppose.
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5 Ways Guitar Can Make You Rich

Ghost-written article for Guitarist Academy website.
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"Jack The Lad" Drag King Interview

Interview with Male Impersonator: "Jack the Lad" for WO Magazine (official website link is now expired after WO's liquidation)
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Charity Shop Couture

Article and some interviews I did about the rise of fashionable charity shops in the heart of Manchester.
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Oscar & Mollie Commercial #2 Script

One of the commercial scripts I wrote for Dog Grooming company "Oscar & Mollie" in Toronto, Canada.
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About

Joseph F. Hallas

I started in comedy, so I am no stranger to snappy writing. I have produced witty blogs, scripts, copy, promo & infographics for several international clients.

I also currently work for WO Magazine as a Staff Writer, where I produce up to 20 articles a week on a range of topics- clocking up over 10,000 words a week to deadline.

I have an A* in English Literature GCSE, as well as an A in Media Studies A-Level and B in English Language A-Level. Though I'm not the kind of person who thinks that grades solely determine one's abilities.

I also have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film-Making from the Manchester School of Art, which inevitably led to my early work as a freelance satire writer.

I usually work with bold and edgy comedy projects, utilising a variety of styles such as Surrealist and Absurdist Humour, as well as the odd Double Entendre thrown in for good measure. Despite this, I can also write in a formal and professional manner, as I am displaying in this summary. I also have experience in Documentary Filmmaking, having made a couple of Documentaries on my own; which required literary and organisational skills beyond belief.

I have an extensive portfolio that goes much further than what you may find on here, including hundreds of published articles and also a full 149-page Comedy Play that I wrote for an employer in New York.

If you want a versatile writer who's used to making his work entertaining; then I'm your guy.

Thanks,
Joseph

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Skills

  • interviews
  • news pieces
  • articles
  • press releases
  • editorials
  • sketches
  • infographics
  • playwriting
  • screenwriting
  • creative writing
  • copy writing