We had the good fortune of connecting with Cami Julaine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cami, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me personally, it’s to change and influence lives. The most important factor, if anything, is to help at least one person know their own worth, to acknowledge and value their own light, and see that their is power in their own story to create their own success.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been singing and songwriting since I was a kid, but truly stepped into the entertainment industry about 10 years ago.
When I was 16, both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer within a month of each other, and I was struggling with an Eating Disorder and ended up getting hospitalized and spent the next 7 years in and out of treatment centers.
A lot of my own personal work was reconnecting with the WHY around my mental health.
WHY did I use my body as a weapon against myself?
WHY did I feel the need to keep my Eating Disorder around to “protect” me and keep me “safe”?
When I began to dig at the root of the core issues, I could truly begin to grow and heal, and then I began to dive a little bit deeper into my own music journey and figure out who I truly was as an artist. It hasn’t been an easy journey for me- there were times where I had to take breaks from music to recenter myself and get back to basics to solidify my own recovery. Even to this day I still have moments of “slip ups”- I try to be as open as I can about this because I do feel that everyone needs to hear that PERFECTION IS FALSE REALITY!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In a perfect (covid free) world, I would take my best friend Shannon to all the fun spots in LA and OC- anywhere from The Grove, Studio City hideaway spots, to hiking in Malibu, The Montage Laguna Beach, etc. We both love eating healthy and supporting small businesses!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to dedicate this interview to one of my dearest family friends who has also been a mentor in my life for over 10 years, Patti Gunstream. Patti is a healer and life coach based in Southern California who offers transformational workshops and sessions to heal deep rooted trauma through mind, body, and soul connection work.
Within my own journey, Patti has been there from the time I was 16. She puts up with the long blue text messages when I vent, the sassy eye rolls from my teenage (and even now) years, and loves me through the vulnerability, but also pushes me when I need to step into my power.
There aren’t words to truly describe the type of calm, peace, serenity and clarity that Patti brings on all levels of our relationship- friend, family, mentor, or in her element at work.
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