Julia Allison’s journey to the Big Apple began at Georgetown University, where she pitched the idea of contributing the first-ever dating column to the school’s resident print publication, The Hoya. Her pitch was accepted and Julia Allison suddenly became the school’s dating expert while pursuing her own academic studies in political science. Though she suffered a setback when one of her articles was deemed to be a bit too similar to a piece on iVillage.com, Julia Allison’s dating column was successful enough to land a TV development deal with Robert Morton, a colleague of David Letterman. During her Georgetown years, she also got a taste of broadcasting experience for Comcast TV, who hired her as a political pundit in the heat of the 2004 Presidential election.
Julia Allison completed her degree in 2004 and moved to Los Angeles — not to follow through on her dream of being a writer, but because she was engaged to a law student. The loneliness of her new surroundings and the realization that her engagement was a mistake eventually dawned on her. As a result, Julia Allison broke off the engagement and headed to New York with a journalism career in mind. Early on, the pickings were slim. She was fired from a secretarial job that she hated and the esteemed Bath & Body Works passed her over for employment. Julia Allison would finally get a break when amNewYork took her up on the idea of a regular column called “The Dating Life.”
julia allison writes for time out new yorkThe experience of writing articles like “Gentlemen Prefer Brains” for amNewYork allowed Julia Allison to make some headway in the competitive writing battlefield of New York City. She called it quits at amNewYork in 2007, but other noteworthy publications like Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health and The Huffington Post came calling. Julia Allison also put her own dent into the web as a multiyear contributor to COED, whose articles were picked up by Yahoo.
Julia Allison’s next batch of relationship writing came from Time Out New York, who brought her on board for a two-year stint to talk about such sensitive topics as breakups in the digital age, dating attitude etiquette and what it was like to watch Sex & the City with her grandmother. Within a few months, New York magazine called her “the most famous young journalist in the city” while Radar countered by naming her the No. 3 Most Hated Person on the internet. Before 2007 was done, Julia Allison would join Star as an Editor-at-Large and enter the television ranks in the process. Entertainment shows like Access Hollywood, Showbiz Tonight and news networks like FOX News called on Julia Allison’s blossoming entertainment expertise for discussions of the day’s hot pop culture topics, which ranged from American Idol to the latest professional faux-pas of Paris Hilton.
Following more than 300 television appearances as a featured guest and a prized cover shot on the August 2008 issue of Wired, Julia Allison decided to take advantage of her pop culture status and reach for additional career branches. She left her post at Time Out New York to join her close friends Meghan Asha and Mary Rambin on TMI Weekly, an NBC New York Nonstop series that features frank female discussions of important topics — you know, like post-coital crying and being better at arguing. Julia Allison also became a spokeswoman for Sony and a regular guest speaker at marketing and entrepreneurial-themed conferences in North America and overseas.
If the aforementioned career changes weren’t enough for Julia Allison, she was also active in the launch of her new web project, NonSociety.com. Created as a lifecasting platform with Meghan Asha (again) and Jordan Reid to showcase writing, life experiences and lifestyle recommendations, NonSociety.com has allowed Julia Allison to deepen her already significant connection with her female followers by openly discussing topics such as her weight, her past engagement and, not surprisingly, her recent dating habits. A lifestyle queen in the digital age, Julia Allison hopes to continue her winning streak in 2010 through the ongoing development of her current projects and an exciting new TV deal with Bravo.