We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Marley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I want to have made an impact on the world through my art. I hope to be apart of projects that inspire and challenge me to be not only a better artist, but a better person. I want to tell stories that have an impact. My end goal is to be fulfilled creatively while lifting up those around me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an actress, singer, and dancer, with work ranging from musical theatre to movies. Speaking of movies… I spent the last two months in Vancouver, Canada filming a new Nickelodeon live-action movie musical, “The J Team.” The movie stars JoJo Siwa, and follows her story as a dancer who embraces her inner sparkle. My character Nina is JoJo’s arch nemesis, and we had an absolute blast on set. I can’t wait for the world to meet the characters of The J Team!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Even though I’ve lived here all my life, I’m the biggest LA tourist – I always love finding a new cute restaurant to bring my family to. Aroma Coffee & Tea will forever be my favorite LA food destination – everything from the artistic atmosphere to their tofu salad bowl makes me feel at home. Whenever I’m there, I’m always surrounded by people in the industry working on scripts, talking about casting, or laughing about auditions. When I think of my favorite places in LA, the dance studios definitely come to mind. I mostly attend classes at Millennium Dance Complex and Playground LA. Dancers come from all over the world to train, and I always leave feeling inspired. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many influential people that come to mind when I think about my journey. However, I know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without the support of my parents. They have believed in me since the first time I sang for our neighbors in the living room, and have supported my dreams – whether it’s hours in the car to an audition, or a trip to another country for a shoot. There have also been a handful of teachers along my journey that have tremendously helped shape me into the performer and person I am today. I will be forever grateful to those who took me under their wing and pushed me to be better.
Brandin Shaeffer – main photo Lauri Levenfeld – purple shirt with flowers