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#FollowFriday: James Halloran

By: Gini Dietrich | December 6, 2013 | 
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#FollowFriday: James HalloranBy Gini Dietrich

Happy Friday, all!

Please allow me to introduce you to one Mr. James Halloran.

He is a blogging editorial assistant at Brand.com, a writer, and a model.

And a model he is indeed. Visit the portfolio page on his website and you’ll see lots of photos from many professional shoots (including the one I used for the image of this post from John Clum Photography).

He’s represented by Wilhelmina PA, an affiliate of Wilhelmina Models in New York, LA and Miami. So yeah, kind of a big deal.

But he’s not just a pretty face. His blog is full of writing about interesting things such as how to know if you’re being “catfished,” modeling myths debunked, and exercise and fitness.

In fact, he launched a second blog called, “The Core Grip,” that focuses taking care of your body through both exercise and nutrition (apparently sugar is bad…who knew?).

A Philly boy, he once served as a communications liaison for the Canadian Embassy’s Emergency Response and Preparedness Group (ERPG). There he was responsible for coordinating internal communications amongst members from U.S. Health and Human Services, FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and several others.

As Spin Sucks readers well know, anyone who supports my favorite Canadians is a star in my book!

He went to school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English and journalism and graduated magna cum laude. He proves English majors can have successful careers that don’t require reading and writing (oh wait…never mind).

He’s a hockey player (that ICE hockey to you, Ms. Bell), a scholar, and an overachiever.

Come hang out in the comments. Introduce yourself to James. Follow him online on Twitter, LinkedIn, and his blog. Get to know him, his writing, and his motivations. You won’t regret it.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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Digital_DRK
2 years 9 months ago

James great to meet you. That is a sweet (yes pun intended) Canadian connection you have. I will certainly check out your fitness nutrition blog. I have been known to occasionally pick up a bar bell, just to remind me how heavy they are. Cheers.

biggreenpen
2 years 9 months ago

Congratulations on your #FF, James!! Looking forward to getting to know you better!

jasonkonopinski
2 years 9 months ago

I’ve enjoy your contributions in the comments immensely, JRHalloran! Enjoy your #FF. Hope you didn’t plan on accomplishing much today. 😉

AnneReuss
AnneReuss
2 years 9 months ago

You know I’m all for a healthy diet, but can you wait until after the holidays to tell us sugar is bad? Okay? Thanks. 

Enjoy the spotlight today JRHalloran 🙂

ginidietrich
2 years 9 months ago

AnneReuss HA!!

belllindsay
2 years 9 months ago

Can I make inappropriate comments about how hawt that picture is? Probably not, eh? 😉

belllindsay
2 years 9 months ago

ginidietrich AnneReuss I’ve decided to renew my commitment to exercise and healthy eating. In January.

jasonkonopinski
2 years 9 months ago

belllindsay Hasn’t stopped you yet!

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks! I hope you find it useful. (It’s been a while since I updated it. I guess I should get around to writing more posts soon….)

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

Haha, being an overachiever, I sort of was. But, oh well…. I’ll deal with it.  

I’m glad you enjoy my comments! I really do enjoy the SpinSucks community. I’m glad I stumbled upon it. Definitely one of the more lively blogs I visit.  🙂

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

Oh, okay… just this once.  😉

Matt_Cerms
2 years 9 months ago

Happy #FF, JRHalloran! So, does this make you a Flyers fan????

jasonkonopinski
2 years 9 months ago

JRHalloran Send me a note if you’d like to guest post. 😉

JohnMTrader
JohnMTrader
2 years 9 months ago

Nice to see you on the #FF post JRHalloran – you probably are aware that ice hockey is the ONLY sport on the planet that matters, right?

jasonkonopinski
2 years 9 months ago

JohnMTrader JRHalloran <ahem>rugby</ahem>

RobBiesenbach
2 years 9 months ago

Well, hellooooo, from a fellow model. You won’t find me on the runway or in an Esquire editorial spread, but you may spot me in the role of Satisfied Employee #2 on a technology company’s recruiting page or Concerned Patient in a pharmaceutical firm’s physician communications. I’m the guy they call when they’re not looking for “model handsome” or “athlete fit” or “good teeth.”

Anyway, congratulations on your FF and on blending multiple careers into one. Huzzah for English majors!

Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago

Your queer readership is probably saving that image to their desktops right now. No doubt a sizeable portion of your other readers are wondering what possessed you to objectify that poor boy as a sex object. I seem to remember several discussions on this blog around holding PR practitioners to a higher standard…

ExtremelyAvg
2 years 9 months ago

Hello…It is nice to meet you. If you’re good enough for Gini’s Follow Friday, then you’re good enough for me. I’m off to check out your blog and follow you on Twitter.

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

Yes, it does!  😀

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

That’s right! Hockey is the only sport that truly matters to me.

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

Rugby and (American) football are a close second! (Rugby is my brother’s favorite sport actually.)

Matt_Cerms
2 years 9 months ago

JRHalloran From one great franchise to another. Feeling good about my Hawks this year if they stay hungry. The West is just so stacked.

DwayneAlicie
2 years 9 months ago
Happy Follow Friday JRHalloran! I read a little of your blog so I could talk about more than … ahem … and I’m hoping things are going well in the employment department for you now.  Your thoughts on the post-graduation no-man’s-land resonates with me because I’m about to finish my degree in two and a half weeks now. Yes, internships are currently an absolutely ridiculous half-regulated debacle right now. From “previous internships required before applying to this internship,” to the situation you note, to “MARKETING INTERNSHIP: we’re a startup looking for a rockstar sales and marketing professional with 10 years’ experience… Read more »
susancellura
susancellura
2 years 9 months ago

Congratulations on your #FF JRHalloran! I look forward to getting to know you better. Cheers!

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks, Rob! I’m glad to hear you’re a fellow model, too! (You probably get more work modeling than I do, haha.) Thanks again for your kind words!

LSSocialEngage
2 years 9 months ago

Congrats on your #FF James. I look forward to checking out your blog. Have an awesome day!

JRHalloran
2 years 9 months ago

If it makes you feel any better, I’m okay with it. I’m not upset in any way. 

I’m sure Gini’s intentions were not to objectify me but rather to highlight the many talents I’ve been able to grapple into one brand-building piece for myself.

Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago

If only the talent portrayed wasn’t your butt JR, I might buy that.

ginidietrich
2 years 9 months ago

Randy Milanovic What do you mean by “queer readership”? 

For the record, I found this photo in his portfolio and thought it would be a nice way to help promote his modeling career, separate from what he does for the industry. 

You probably don’t want to read my first chapter in Spin Sucks, which is called Sex Sells.

belllindsay
2 years 9 months ago

Randy Milanovic JRHalloran Hi Randy, I’m the Director of Content for Spin Sucks and Arment Dietrich, and frankly I’m more offended by your use of the term “queer readership” than I am by flattering photos of either sex. And I’m sure a ‘sizeable portion of our other readers’ are as well. #FollowFridays are fun, relaxed, playful and good natured. None of which your rather inflammatory post reflects.

Digital_DRK
2 years 9 months ago

ginidietrich Randy Milanovic    Pre-order your copy on Amazon now,  and save 26%!

Digital_DRK
2 years 9 months ago

JRHalloran RobBiesenbach  Do they have teeth models?…where can I apply for that gig?

lizreusswig
2 years 9 months ago

Well it’s certainly a Happy Friday NOW!!  Congrats JRHalloran on your #FF…it’s the best day of the year and bonus for us today, too! LOL

Didn’t realize you were a “local” – I think we need to have a East Coast/Mid-Atlantic IRL meetup of the Spin Sucks crazies one of these days!  🙂

Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago
Hi Lyndsay. No inflammation intended. Queer or gay. Both are accepted mainstream terms used by the gay community. Perhaps you wouldn’t be offended had I said ‘persons who are gay’? I’m certain you wouldn’t have run an image of a woman emphasizing her breasts. I’m addressing that double standard. All we need to do is look back at your outrage over the image of the football player who was black sitting next to an ape and making a negative connection. Call it fun and jovial if you like, but I find sexism to be one of those thing the doesn’t… Read more »
Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago

Hi Gini. Thanks for the opportunity to chat. Sex certainly does sell. No doubt about it. Does that mean we need to check our ethics at the door once in a while to get those views?

Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago

I’m assuming you have both straight and gay readers. 🙂

ginidietrich
2 years 9 months ago

Randy Milanovic I don’t think I checked my ethics at the door. As you well know, I am VERY careful about my ethics and I grew up Mormon so I’m overly sensitive to the types of things that could be offensive.

I pulled up James’s portfolio – which is full of flattering photos of him without a shirt on – and found one that I thought was both flattering and professional.

I appreciate your debate on this.

Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago

Ha ha. Rob, wonderful post.

Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago

It is definitely flattering!

Randy Milanovic
2 years 9 months ago

By the way, I have followed u on Twitter. Best of luck.

DallasK
DallasK
2 years 9 months ago

I’m a male hand model and it’s good to see that we can be appreciated for more than our good looking body parts. Bravo to Gini and the team!

belllindsay
2 years 9 months ago

DallasK Oh my god. I nearly choked on my sandwich!! HAHAHAHAHA!!

DallasK
DallasK
2 years 9 months ago

What’s so funny?!

lizreusswig
2 years 9 months ago

belllindsay DallasK Ditto, that! LOLOLOLOLOL

Digital_DRK
2 years 9 months ago

belllindsay DallasK  …,,the gender clarification to avoid confusion?  😉

belllindsay
2 years 9 months ago

Digital_DRK DallasK Don’t be SEXIST!!!! 😉

ginidietrich
2 years 9 months ago

belllindsay Digital_DRK DallasK You’re all going to hell.

DallasK
DallasK
2 years 9 months ago

Stop staring at my gorgeous, immaculate hands please. I have a brain too ya know.

DwayneAlicie
2 years 9 months ago
belllindsay Randy Milanovic JRHalloran As a resident homosekshewal around these parts, and a marketer working on a branding project with an LGBTQQIA counseling center that struggled to decide which descriptive term to include in its name, I can weigh in on this.  Queer is totally okay. Some people don’t like it, but it’s generally becoming more accepted as the most welcoming and inclusive term to describe a community of very awesome people. LOL That said, I did as much of a double-take at Mr. Milanovic’s comment as I did at Mr. Halloran’s … ahem. Queer ladies would probably devote only cursory attention to… Read more »
belllindsay
2 years 9 months ago

DwayneAlicie belllindsay Randy Milanovic JRHalloran I suppose my issue was more “why mention gay at all”?? So, only gay people are saving his image to their desktops? Why break it down that way? The ‘queer’ readership is salivating, and ‘the rest of the readership’ is outraged at the objectification? I mean, please. I’m sure there are many ladies out there saving that image also. *koff koff* 🙂

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