We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Muller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is (most of the time) something we build up in our heads. It is limits that we set up for ourselves when really there are none. I personally grew up in a very safe environment that didn’t really encourage me to take risks, in fact: taking a risk meant not being accepted by other people because…well, why? I don’t really know. Not many people like taking risks because it means they have to get our of their comfort zone. Well, the biggest risk I have taken so far was selling my car (I remember crying my eyes out the moment the dude drove away with it), packing my things and leaving my life behind to go to Los Angeles. And man, has my life changed since then! I took the risk of: failing, running out of money, being lonely, eating bad bread (sorry guys) and really nothing like that has happened (except for the bread). I found wonderful housemates, friends, I found a student worker job, and I became even more open to life. But I was so scared and I guess that’s what I’ve taken away from this: the fear building up in my body might be there, but I can’t listen to it when I’m about to take a risk. Now I’m not talking about putting yourself or others in danger. But: move to that country if you’ve always wanted to. You’ll figure it out. Try out that new class and learn a new skill. Talk to people. Be kind to yourself (and others). If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, TAKE THAT RISK. You’re going to be scared, it’s going to be uncomfortable, maybe you’ll be anxious, you’re going to doubt it, but that’s totally normal and okay, change is scary. But one day you’ll come home from whatever it was that you were taking a risk at and you’ll be filled with tremendous energy and love. And that is always something worth fighting for.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Wow, this is a tough subject to think about on a Monday morning. But hey, let’s get right into it: I’m a linguist, which to me is art as well, I studied German and Romance Linguistics and Literature before deciding I wanted to pursue acting professionally. And, yes: acting for me was easy. I have always had a creative outlet, I used to sing and perform a lot, I always danced, but I never felt quite fulfilled until I realized: this is it. I want to come home and be excited to go back to “work” again. I want to get up at four in the morning saying THANK YOU! And for me, this is what’s happening when I act or work on projects that involve a camera or a stage. And so, acting and realizing that that’s what I’ve wanted to do for the rest of my life wasn’t really hard – hard was and still is taking the necessary steps to achieve this. What I want other people to know about me? Well, I hope that one day people watch the movies I’m in or the movies I make and say: wow, I needed this. Whether it gives them strength, hope, makes them laugh, cry, makes them realize that they’re not the only ones being or feeling like the characters in the movies – this is what I would love to achieve with my art. And I want to constantly fight for peoples inspirations and for making this world a better place. I strongly believe in support and encouragement, in overcoming ego and in creating something (anything) that hasn’t been there before as the most satisfying thing in the world.
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?
Oh my! So many places to go to! In LA, I would definitely go to Venice first, have the breakfast burrito at Café Gratitude, my personal oasis. Then, I would walk along the promenade, talk to the artists, see the art and grab a coffee and maybe a snack at Gjusta, my second personal oasis. If traffic wasn’t as bad and I could magically beam us somewhere else for an instant, I would then hike all the way up to Wisdom Tree in the afternoon to see the city fall asleep and awake again as the sun starts to set. I love the view of the city getting darker while lights are being turned on. I would also very quickly beam us to The Last Bookstore in Downtown and if it were a Sunday, the market that is close to the store would be my go-to as well. And because I like a good ocean breeze at night, I would go right back to Venice or Santa Monica and relive the brightest memories I’ve had at The Whaler or in one of the cute little beach houses in and around the area. The Larchmont Area is also a great place to visit, especially at night to get amazing ice cream at Salt & Straw. There are so many more places to see, The Broad or even the USC campus, Point Dume or The Grove, the Mosaic House in Venice, etc. Maybe I should think about becoming a tourist guide instead. Haha.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to John Strelecky and Don Miguel Ruiz who have, with their words, changed my perspective on so many levels. Shoutout to AADA Los Angeles for making me grow. Shoutout to Maxine Rödiger who is an endless support in any aspect of my life. Shoutout to every person I’ve worked with so far that has believed in me and my potential, it has always been and always will be an honor to be able to be part of a creative journey.
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