We had the good fortune of connecting with Julyah Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julyah, what matters most to you?
The value I always live by, something my mom taught me growing up, is called “The Golden Rule”: “treat others how you would like to be treated”. This value is especially relevant in today’s society. In today’s society we have so many groups fighting for equality and fair treatment; women, LGBQT, trans-people, people of color, people in the black community, and people with disabilities. Unfortunately, because of social media and a “me centered” culture we also have many very self-centered and individualistic people who are living inside a bubble, completely unaware of the experiences of others. That is why “treat others how you would like to be treated” is such an important value. As a women, I’ve experienced a lot of harassment and disrespectful treatment from men, and I wonder, “do they ever stop to think about how they would feel if another man treated them that way?” As a man, would you want another man to treat you as a sexual object? As a man, how would you feel if another man, a complete stranger, came up to you and touched your body without consent? Many men will admit they don’t want to be treated how women are treated and many white people will admit they don’t want to be treated how black people are treated, so then why treat others that way?
Many people also attribute their own experiences onto others, and assume other groups have the same privileges and worldviews they do; but this is a completely untrue assumption. Some men have said to me, “I don’t see how its so much harder to be a women”. This is an example of failing to see the challenges women face in today’s society because this man is applying his male privilege and his experience through the lens of a man’s perspective onto a women, where in reality, women have a completely different perspective and experience of the world that this man is completely ignorant to.
It always helps to try and empathize with others and put yourself in their shoes, so you can understand their perspective. People don’t complain about unfair treatment just for their health, there usually is some true basis to their complaint; so instead of dismissing the complaints of other groups, remember the Golden Rule, “treat others how you would like to be treated”.
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.
I am a model, actress, singer, and filmmaker. I have some really exciting projects coming out this summer. The first one is my short film, “Do Not Disturb”, my film is premiering at several film festivals this summer and fall, (more information can be found on my website https://julyahrose.com/art-films and on Film Freeway https://filmfreeway.com/JulyahRose). Making “Do Not Disturb” turned out to be a much bigger challenge than I expected, the most tedious part was the editing and correcting the sound, but luckily I was able to find a great sound mixer Robert Arzola, through one of my creative groups. I also would like to thank Tom Funk for helping me to direct the film and for teaching me a lot about editing on Adobe Premiere Pro and for sharing his technical knowledge with me. I also have to thank our dedicated team of actors: CeCe Chic and Rashawn Strife, a talented actor as well as a military veteran. Finally, actor Ernest Weinberg Barcelona gave a great performance, this was one of his final performances before he passed away in February 2021. I also have to thank Christian M. Lee, our talented screenwriter, Heidi Mirow, our assistant director, and Mindi Coats, our talented special effects make up artist. Filmmaking is defiantly a team-effort. My second project I am very excited about is my album as a singer, “Destiny”, out this summer (check https://julyahrose.com/singer for updates). I wrote much of the music and all of the lyrics for this album. For my album Destiny I have to thank my friend Kaptain, who encouraged me to go into the studio and record. I also have to thank my friend Leo Partible who helped me to mix and write the song “Goddess”, as well as my parents for buying me a new keyboard to write music on (I also play the piano). Growing up my parents always appreciated the arts and music, and always were supportive of my career as a performer.
The third project which I am really excited about is an upcoming high fashion editorial published in Top Posters magazine (https://toppostersmag.com/) entitled “The Break Up” due out this July. I am the star fashion model in this editorial. This editorial was shot by photographer Hal Banfield, along with an awesome production team.
One thing I’ve learned along the way in my career as a model, actress, singer, and filmmaker, is its always best to be kind and supportive of others in the industry, regardless of how high or low ranking their job is; because the industry really is small and word gets around. I’ve always gotten more success by helping others and being happy for others when they are successful, because many of those who I helped have remembered it and later turned around and helped me, and vice versa. Success is about forming healthy relationships. Thank God the era of toxicity in Hollywood is coming to an end, our actions are so visible now because of social media; so its in everyone’s best interest to be kind, professional, and humble. When producers act like they are God just because they are a Hollywood producer, I loose a lot of respect for them.
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 really like pool parties and rooftop bars, so some of the spots I like to frequent are Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel. I love the Sunset Strip. The Andaz Hotel rooftop along the sunset strip is also really funky, my mom really loves that place because she has a crush on the classic rockers who used to stay there like The Rolling Stones. I also like the rooftops at The Standard Downtown LA, Perch rooftop bar in DTLA, and the Freehand rooftop pool and bar in DTLA. The Intercontinental Hotel rooftop also has one of the best views. Yamashiro Hollywood is also one of my favorite Asian cuisine restaurants with a great view too. The Hollywood Roosevelt is also fun, they have good pool parties on Sundays. I also really like hiking and the outdoors so some of my favorite local hikes are Runyon Canyon and Griffith Park Observatory. Another great hike in Malibu is called Escondido Falls, it can be a little treacherous but if your up for something challenging go for it!
I also love Yhatting and boating out of Marina Del Rey. Another fun thing is roller-skating or biking on the beach path from Santa Monica to Venice, I am an avid roller skater.
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?
There were many people along the way who have helped me. Each in little ways over the years but collectively their help allowed me to become the person I am today. I defiantly could not have done it alone.