We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Jules and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was like everyone else in the beginning, I finished high school and went to college to pursue a better life for myself. I thought at the time that getting a good job would make me happy in life. I finished with bachelors degree and started working in my field. At first I felt part of a team and that I was really making a change. As time went on I realized I was just part of a bigger machine that worked 24/7. I felt that the work I did didn’t make a difference and I wanted to be impactful. I wanted to be excited to get up and go to work and I wanted to be proud of the work I did. I knew that if I choose a more creative career it would be different. I’ve noticed that people almost respect me more for walking away from a stable job and pursing this career. To make it short I wanted the freedom to be me. That doesn’t mean I don’t still run a business but it on my terms.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s funny because I never thought of myself as an artist. I always envied the kids in school who could draw really well because I could not. As I learned more and more about makeup I realized I was using color and shape theory to create my looks so I’m really happy to be an “artist” now. It was not easy to get to where I am today it took strategy and hard work. I was working full time as an administrator so transitioning was not a small feat. I started by taking clients whenever I had free time so no more fun weekends with the friends or drinks after work, sometimes I would take clients on my lunch break! I would email models from Instagram and ask them to collaborate with me. I would wake up really early everyday and post on Craigslist and apply for makeup artist gigs. The hardest time was when I was fired from my job. It was a wake up call because I really wanted to be a makeup artist full time but I didn’t have enough clientele to support myself. I had to work Postmates, Insta cart, and do audience work to get by. I was willing to do whatever I had to to make it work. One of the shows I did audience work for was “The Real”. I would get up at 5am to be ready for set and I would watch the makeup artist on set and say wow I want to be them one day .. and now I am !!! This journey has really taught me that there are no shortcuts and I love that! I have such an appreciation for my job because I’ve literally been on the other side. I want the world to know that I am strong, resilient and resourceful and those are the qualities I believe one should have if they want to be an entrepreneur.
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.
Oh this tough but I would definitely start at Mastros Ocean club for dinner because it is my favorite restaurant. The next day I would take them on a hike in Palos Verdes and the Long Beach farmers market for fish tacos later. Then I would take them to Malibu for wine tasting and dolphin/ whale watching in Malibu. The next day I would take them to the broad museum downtown followed by dinner at Perch. Then the last day I would do horseback riding by the Hollywood sign and dinner at yang chow in Chinatown.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have helped me along the way I wish I could name them all !! But without a doubt Madeline Nelson who is the founder and CEO of Heads Music. I meet her a few years ago when one of her artist needed makeup for a performance and she was so amazing. From that moment she has not hesitated to give advice or help me connect with people and she didn’t have to do that. She will be doing a million things but always makes time to mentor and I live her for that. My second shoutout would be to Garcelle Beauvais! I meet her two years ago now when I was just starting out on my full time entrepreneur journey and she also didn’t hesitate to help me whenever she could. I will admit I was a little scared of Hollywood, I heard so many stories about back stabbing. But Garcelle put all my worries to rest. She has taught me how to be professional on set and how to take criticism and collaborate with talent. She always puts me on projects that just blow me away and take me to another level. I love the support that she gives me, I am a better artist because of it.
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