Friday, November 01 2013 00:37

Movember 1st - Will You Join Me in Changing the Face of Men's Health?

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movember125It's November 1st, and for the first time-ever, it's MOVEMBER 1st here at Rock Father HQ. Yes, you read that correctly - I am participating in Movember this year - my first-ever excursion into the world of being a MO BRO. Indeed, I do despise mustaches on baby products (and in most non-facial uses), and I once declared that "Hipsters and Movember Killed the Mustache Movement." My attitude has changed, and while I often tend to buck trends, why I previously chose not to participate in Movember is unimportant at this point. What's important is why I've chosen to support it.

Movember encourages men to start the month of November clean-shaven, and grow a moustache for 30 days while asking friends and family to donate in order to support their efforts. The funds that are raised will then be used to help change the face of men's health by supporting organizations that combat testicular and prostate cancer, and more recently, mental health challenges. 

I have chosen to participate in Movember with Mental Health as my cause. Sorta like QUIET RIOT, but not really. It's an issue that I know well, having dealt with depression and anxiety myself, and having written about it earlier this year following the death of a fellow Dad Blogger.

To get started, I shaved last night (just a couple of hours ago, in the late hours of Halloween), missing that spot on my chin that I never seem to hit, but leaving plenty of real estate for a moustache to join and compliment my long, luxurious goatee. What shape will my moustache take this year? I'm undecided, but my wife says that I "grow funny facial hair," so we'll see. And all of YOU will get to see through daily progress pictures that I'll be posting over on Instagram. And here is Day 1. Remember, remember the 1st of Movember...

If you have the time and funds, please take a moment to donate to my cause through this link. No amount is too small, and I'm participating as part of a team of Dad Bloggers, currently 56-members strong. My competitive nature makes me want to dominate the charts, but at the same time, fundraising has never been a strong suit. I'd like to change that. Check out my Movember Profile, and I will provide you with funny facial hair.

Thanks in advance,



James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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