We had the good fortune of connecting with Julianna Strickland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julianna, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Authenticity is the number one thing that keeps me grounded and moves Space Camp forward. Everything we do is rooted in a genuine love for organizing and helping people. My team and I authentically love the work we do. We are extremely candid and real with our clients, and this ultimately helps them feel comfortable and build trust with us. We make creative decisions that might look different from what other organizers or designers might do, but our originality is what makes the work fun and keeps new clients flowing in. As a boss, my authenticity helps my team and I trust each other and work well together. I’m very honest about my weaknesses (and not shy about my strengths haha), and I work hard to make sure all of my team members feel comfortable bringing their specific skills to the table. I hire for character and creativity, not for organizing experience (we can teach that), and so far this has been very successful for us.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I was in high school in Wichita, KS I took a humanities class where we read Joseph Campbell’s work, and his phrase, “follow your bliss” really stuck with me. I’ve had a vast array of jobs, from Disney Princess to nanny to restaurant host to producing and hosting my own cooking show, and every step I’ve taken has ultimately been rooted in a desire to be challenged and to create things. I graduated with a film degree from USC and then immediately decided to not pursue a career in the film industry. I think all of my twenties looked like I was flailing to the outside world, but I felt grounded in a belief that if I worked hard and kept saying yes to opportunities that were interesting to me, I’d ultimately carve out a career that was fulfilling. I definitely had moments of doubt when my friends were taking more direct paths to success, but today I’m seeing that some of them are pivoting in their thirties and forties and changing careers, and I don’t feel as much judg
ement toward my post-college self for “not knowing exactly what I wanted to do.” These days I still say yes to opportunities that are interesting to me, and I’m super open to the idea that my professional life will continue to grow and pivot in ways that I can’t foresee. It’s really exciting to me, and I think as a culture we’re recognizing that no person’s path is straight and clear and it’s honestly better that way!
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?
I love this question! Where to eat: All Time in Los Feliz (get the big ass salad) Highly Likely in West Adams (they make a yuzu salad dressing that’s divine) Destroyer in Culver City (you’ll also want to buy ALL the ceramics they use there omg) Factory Kitchen (get the pesto pasta, it will blow your mind) Wax Paper (all of the sandwiches are named after NPR hosts) Johnnie’s West Adams (pastrami done RIGHT) Where to go: Hike around Kenneth Hahn park, get a group together and visit Mount Wilson Observatory, catch some fun / wacky acts at the Magic Castle.
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’d love to give a shoutout to my friend Haley Weidenbaum, owner of Everhem. Not only is she a great model for a badass female business owner, but Years ago when she was a full-time designer, I organized her kitchen and she told ALL of her clients about me. Her personal recommendation and trust in my out-of-the box solutions has been a foundation for my current client base, and her beautiful pantry is still my all-time favorite space I’ve organized.
Website: https://spacecamporganizing.com and https://www.juliannastrickland.com
Instagram: julianna_strickland and makebetterspace
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makebetterspace and https://www.facebook.com/foodhomelife