Chatting with Julian James: Mr. Michigan in the 2024 Mister USA competition

Julian James
Julian James. Photo Credit: Michael Downs Photography.

Julian James, who is competing as Mr. Michigan in the 2024 Mister USA competition, chatted with #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos about his latest endeavors.

Mike Tyson once said: “I’m a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.” This quote applies to Julian James, 21.

2024 Mister USA competition

On being a part of the 2024 Mister USA pageant, he said, “It feels incredibly rewarding and exciting. It is an honor to represent such a prestigious title and to have the opportunity to inspire others through my journey.”

Mister USA is an American beauty pageant, which is held annually, and the winner goes on to represent the United States in the Mister Universe competition. It is a celebration of culture, diversity, beauty, intelligence and empowerment. They believe in the power of young leaders to make a difference in the world. It is not solely about outer beauty; it recognizes the inner beauty and intelligence of their contestants. It will be held on August 11, 2024 in Hollywood.

The winner of Mister USA will subsequently represent USA at “Mister Universe” competition in mid-September.

He is stoked to be representing the state of Michigan. “Representing Michigan is a tremendous honor. Michigan has a rich history and vibrant culture, and I’m thrilled to showcase the diversity and spirit of our state on a national platform,” he acknowledged.

Daily motivations

On his daily motivations, he remarked, “Each day, I’m motivated by the desire to make a positive impact on others and to continually improve myself. Knowing that my actions can inspire and help others drives me to be my best.”

Future plans

Regarding his future plans, he said, “My future plans include continuing my work in community service, expanding my career opportunities, and possibly pursuing higher education. I also aim to be a role model and mentor for young people.”

“In five years, I see myself having established a successful career, being actively involved in community service, and possibly starting a family. I hope to be someone who others look up to and seek advice from,” he said.

Favorite mottos to live by

On his favorite mottos to live by, he revealed, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success,” he said. “Also, perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.”


Regarding his definition of the word success, he explained, “Success, to me, means achieving personal fulfillment and happiness while making a positive impact on others. It’s not just about reaching goals but also about the journey and the growth experienced along the way.”

Superpower of choice

If he could have any superpower, it would be “the ability to heal others.” “There is so much pain and suffering in the world, and being able to alleviate that would be incredibly powerful and rewarding,” he noted.

Final thoughts about the 2024 Mister USA

He concluded about Mister USA, “It is about more than just a title; it’s about embodying values such as integrity, compassion, and dedication. I want people to understand that it’s a platform for positive change, which encourages participants to use their influence for the betterment of their communities.”

To learn more about Julian James, follow him on Instagram.