“We are who were choose to be.” As silly as it might be to quote a comic book villain, the words are so true! You are who you make yourself, and the choices you make as definitive of your character. Especially why work was slow for me for a year, things were hard. I definitely considered quitting, but I thought about who that would make me. How I felt about that, how I felt about what they said of my character, was a clear moment that I would choose to keep going. I chose to stay in the acting world, and I chose to be someone who persevered.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Julianne Collins. Julianne is an actress and martial artist. She’s best known for her work on California’s Forgotten Children and Total Eclipse.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
When I was a little kid, I remember watching TV and seeing all the stories and wanting to be in them. When Hannah Montana aired, it directed the childlike fantasy into a plausible dream. The show opened me up to knowing what acting was, and I knew from there that I wanted to act.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Moving out to LA was the most interesting part of my career! The longer you’re in Hollywood, the less weird things seem to be. It was a bit of a culture shock moving out here, since everything was so close together and there’s always traffic. Trying to find my footing with friends and my career was definitely a crazy time. I lived in a hotel for a little bit, and the chef at breakfast remembered my order because I always got the same thing! I learned a lot of things, I met a lot of cool people, and I can say that so far, that’s the most interesting part of being an actor.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Oh my gosh! I kept looking into the camera when I wasn’t supposed to! Other actors can tell you that looking in the camera is a huge mistake, at least, unless you were told to. It taught me not only to listen to what others said, but when I see a whole group of people doing something, maybe pay attention as to why.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I’m working on a wonderful short film that is a comedic take on teenage girls and puberty.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Other actors. We are our own brand of eclectic, no matter how many of us try to seem normal. Seeing other actors on set — sometimes in full special effects makeup — talking about average things while people are moving huge equipment around. It’s a new brand of chaos that we thrive in.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
If you can feel yourself losing steam, try to take time away. A week or two, maybe longer. Finding ways to keep it artful in the hustle and bustle of it all, and not let yourself get wrapped up in how much of a business it can be. Finding ways to love it again, when you’re busy, when you’re not, that’s the key.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
From working on California’s Forgotten Children and hearing about Ashton Kutcher’s work to help save victims of sex trafficking has lead me to care about the cause. It’s a rampant issue we don’t like to look at. Raising awareness is an important first step, but taking the light on the issue and creating ways to solve it is more important. It can be prevented, and as citizens, relatives, and friends, we need to look out for each other.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. There’s no handbook. There’s no list of people to contact, and you have to find your own way. Getting an agent is hard without a manager, and you don’t know who some very good managers are without having an agent that has worked with managers.
2. Don’t compare your success to others. Comparing your credits to someone who has years on you in the business isn’t going to help. It demotivates and only makes you harder on yourself.
3. Others’ motivation isn’t yours. Just because someone runs off of spite doesn’t mean you have to, vice versa. I know actors who are motivated by idols, but my motivation was more along the lines of competition and being better than before.
4. Remember your own choices. It’s easy to get lost in the popularity game, but sacrificing your personality and convictions to fit in with others is never the way to go. Change as a person is natural, but changing to fit what other people want is not. Staying true to yourself makes sure you make better friends, and those relationships last longer.
5. Don’t be afraid to create. Working with other entertainers leaves so much room to create your own projects! It opens more doors and can be fun.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“We are who were choose to be.” As silly as it might be to quote a comic book villain, the words are so true! You are who you make yourself, and the choices you make as definitive of your character. Especially why work was slow for me for a year, things were hard. I definitely considered quitting, but I thought about who that would make me. How I felt about that, how I felt about what they said of my character, was a clear moment that I would choose to keep going. I chose to stay in the acting world, and I chose to be someone who persevered.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
My parents have been my biggest supporters along the way. When I say that I couldn’t have done anything I’ve achieved without them, I mean it. From them saying ‘yes’ to having me come out to LA, to my mom being a cheerleader as she took me form audition to audition, and the powerful words of encouragement from my dad when I felt like I wasn’t good enough. They keep me going and I know they’ll still be my biggest fans down the road. I remember coming to them with the proposition of moving out to LA. I was ready to make a PowerPoint presentation and everything! I was surprised with how easy it was to convince them, but looking back on it, I know they could really see how much I meant to me to at least try.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
I’d definitely want to meet with Mel Brooks. He created so many iconic comedy movies that I was raised on! They shaped my sense of humor and deepened my love of film. I cannot say how many times I’ve rewatched Spaceballs, but being able to meet the filmmaker behind it would be a dream come true. Not only as a fan, but a fellow entertainer. I have so many questions for him.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My instagram is @juliannecollins4 , and my twitter is @juliannec04 !
Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!
Thank you so much for the interview!
Originally published at medium.com