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Joseph F. Hallas

Highly-Experienced Copywriter and Proofreader

Manchester, UK

Joseph F. Hallas

I have over 5 years of professional writing experience in copy, blogs, articles, TV reviews, screenwriting and more.

I also have a lengthy portfolio of proofreading and editing work. I have proofread books, memoirs, essays, copy and more.

I have a strong work ethic and am naturally skilled in the art of prose- pretentious as it sounds!

Hire me!

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Fraggell Productions Website Copy

I was hired by Manchester-based Media company "Fraggell Productions" to write all the copy on their website. This includes the "About" and "Work" sections.
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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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About

Joseph F. Hallas

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

I have 5 years of experience in freelance copywriting. I also worked as a Staff Writer at a start-up magazine, and have more recently ventured into Proofreading and Editing work too. I love the Oxford comma, just throwing that out there now. #TeamOxfordComma

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. I also have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film-Making from the Manchester School of Art; where I discovered my talent for writing as I worked on scripts and screenplays.

I have an extensive portfolio that goes much further than what you may find on here. If you would like any more information or pieces from me- do not hesitate to ask!

If you want a hard worker with a brilliant fluent command of the English language- hit me up!

Cheers!
Joseph

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Skills

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