My name is Julia and I am 17 years old. I signed with JEA in September 2016 and this past year has really been a wonderful, crazy year full of amazing opportunities and experiences. I’ve met so many awesome people, gotten to do some pretty cool things, and learned and grown a whole lot in the process. In addition to modeling, I have a love for photography and videography and hope to incorporate film into my future career, I love to make music and write songs (I play the piano, the guitar, and the ukulele), and I’m a part of my school’s showchoir (Random: I love to cook and have an appreciation for puns and dumb jokes, in case you were wondering).
Before I began modeling, I was a gymnast for 11 years. I know what you’re thinking. Aren’t gymnasts supposed to be super short and muscular? Yes, yes they are. So naturally, being rather string bean shaped, I struggled a bit. I am quite clumsy and my appendages are also quite long, which caused them to flail around like wet spaghetti sometimes (I was actually referred to as a wet noodle by many coaches throughout my career), but I had a passion for the sport and wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything. About a year after I quit gymnastics, my hairdresser suggested I model, to which I said, “whaaaat?!” I had never really considered it before, but I guess my string bean genes were finally going to come in handy. (I also came out of the sport more bendy than when I entered it, so, hey @vogue, if you ever need someone to touch their foot to their head, gimme a call).
When I first started modeling, I had no clue what I was doing. I was like Bambi on ice (in the most literal sense). But with a little practice and experience, and a whole lot of guidance from Mama Jamie, aka the best mother agent ever, it got better. Four months after I signed, I got to go to Los Angeles for an event called The Industry Network, which is this big event that helps models and actors meet scouts and agents. It was my first time in LA and I loved it! I ended up getting signed with LA Models and everything started happening so fast. I hadn’t really considered continuing modeling after high school, but suddenly it was like a whole new window of opportunities was being opened. I went back to LA this past summer and I got to live in the model apartments for two weeks and kind of experience what live will be like when I move to LA. It was such a good experience and I learned so much about myself, the industry, and life in general. Right now, the plan is for me to move to LA after I graduate high school and start online school to stay on top of my education. I am incredibly excited and slightly anxious to see what this opportunity will bring. I’ve been given a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know I am taking a big chance, but if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that you regret the chances you don’t take more than the ones you do.
I am so very thankful for modeling and how much it has taught me about myself. It helped me come out of my shell and get out of my comfort zone. It has helped me grow tremendously in more ways than just one. It has brought me so many blessings, friendships, and memories. And that is just after the first year. I am ecstatic to see where it takes me next!