We had the good fortune of connecting with Julian Mejia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julian, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Colombia but raised in NYC since I was 11 months old. Coming from a family of immigrants has taught me the value in hard work and discipline. It was hard for my family to accept my choice in having a creative career after the plan to be a doctor flopped, but they see how passionate I am with my work and how hard I work to get to where I am today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s been a long time coming to get to where I am today. I found a love for content creation through YouTube and creating silly skits with friends back in 2014. We would get together every week to film a skit and we knew nothing about production, but it was something that was fun for us. From there I decided to study film production and slowly learn how to create my own bodies of work. I worked for my school’s marketing department as a videographer and learned how to create a brand and maintain a brand. Once the pandemic hit, I found comfort in creating short videos on TikTok and blew up within a year with 50,000 followers. As I continued to maintain my brand I was invited to a content creation house in NYC called the Dreamers House. Through this opportunity, I was able to collaborate with big content creators such as Harry Tate, Jonothon Lyons, Toasty Marshmellow, etc and was then invited to be a part of the core team for the Dreamers House. I am now one of the main videographers for the Dreamers House and we have our own show on the Snapchat Discover page, as a part of the 523 Creator Class.
Getting to this point was not easy. There were many days where I thought I wasn’t going to succeed, where I doubted my efforts, where I thought I wasn’t enough, when I thought my work defined me, and even got blind sided by the attention I was garnering. But I still stayed true to myself, I am still the same person I was 5 years ago, only have gotten stronger mentally and am now wiser and taking things day by day.
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.
There are so many great spots to check out in NYC. I would start off at any local coffee shop in the city, specifically Partners in Long island City, take a stroll through Gantry Park and enjoy the skyline, take the ferry downtown to FIDI and possibly walk around find some good eats. As of recently I’ve been trying to find more places with Oysters.
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?
I would like to shoutout my family for supporting me always in everything I do, my mentors over at LaGuardia Community College for giving me a chance and allowing me to shine, all of the members at The Dreamers House for accepting me as one of their own, and lastly my beautiful girlfriend Julieann Tran for always supporting me and sticking by my side despite the distance.
Harry Tate, Jonothon Lyons and Slay Rizz, The Dreamers House, Lizzy Ashleigh and Desiigner, Obasi Jackson, The Circle Cast Season 3, Toasty Marshmellow (All photos taken by me)