We had the good fortune of connecting with Juliana Sorelli and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Juliana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I have always been the kind that takes risks, even as a child, it always seemed to be more fun and interesting than safety. It made me do some very stupid things but nothing I ever regretted and my life has never been boring. Because of it I have seen, done and tried many things, met all sorts of people. I m 32, and not that I would want to die today, there is a lot I want to do but if the world was to end I would say that I have lived a very full life already because I have never hesitated to take risks.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started making short films with my friends, then I rented a house in Hollywood and from making films I started making clothes, I have had two stores and one clothing line. I also had art exhibitons and did work for other brands. None of these things were planned, I have just been following the flow of whats going on in my life and what is available for me to put together. I m always making things but the format often changes, I don’t really like categories and labels because I don’t identify with any of it, I know that everything is always changing so it’s hard for me to say “oh this is what i am and what I do”. I find it too restrictive. Everybody always wants to be fitting in a category, even with pets, with foods etc.. I don’t function like this, I try to stay very open to possibilities. I guess nothing is easy, everything is always a lot of hard work but if you are doing what you want then it doesn’t matter, the challenges are what makes it fun. To me creating things is like a puzzle, there is little pieces, you have bits of ideas and you have to make it click all together.
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.
Ah! I guess I already answered a good part of that earlier ! Other places I haven’t mentioned, I love visiting the Hollyhock House in Los Feliz, Griffith Park, Malibu, The Reel Inn, Topanga Canyon. All the little stores in Los Feliz, Lil Dom’s, also CatEye Spectacles near Melrose and Vermont. I also love any old Hollywood place, walking around and looking at trees and houses in the hills. I live near the Hollywood Roosevelt, The Egyptian theater, I love to drive Muholland from Hollywood to Beverly Glenn, The Beverly Hills Hotel , also the swans at the Bel Air hotel. The Queen Mary is beautiful and fun too.
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?
As this is a Los Angeles based magazine I really would like to mention a few places that I like and probably would enjoy some extra support during these awful times: Siesta Yoga, I Panini Di Ambra, Blue Rooster and Counterpoint Books in Los Feliz, Angel City Books & Records in Santa Monica, Sideshow books on La Cienaga, As The Record Turns and Larry Edmunds in Hollywood, Shintaro Sushi, Musso&Franks, The Hollywood Heritage Museum, Good Earth acupuncture ( Dr Jean Marshall) in Beverly Hills. And also this very cute store in Highland Park : Pair O Dice , they sell all my work as well! Thanks!
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