Today we’d like to introduce you to Juliana Joel.
Hi Juliana, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I began my transition after moving to Los Angeles. At the time, I put a hold on any career ambitions to focus on myself, what that transition meant to me and what I wanted it to look like. In terms of my career, specifically in the entertainment industry, I didn’t think it would be possible for me to succeed or even be considered after transitioning. Back then, the industry was even more behind where they are now with trans representation, trans storytelling as well as casting and including trans people behind the cameras. The trans representation I did see onscreen didn’t give me much hope either as most of it was painting the trans community as a joke. However, knowing who I am as a person, owning my identity and realizing the power in who I am has kept me dreaming and working towards my dreams. Being one of the first Transgender talk show hosts on a national network in the US has become a full-circle moment for me as I’m now the person I wish I had growing up, someone who would’ve made both myself and my dreams feels valid.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road and it still isn’t (but is it for anyone?) Besides all of the hardships of transitioning in one’s personal life, it’s also difficult to succeed in an industry when the society that industry exists in makes it difficult for you to simply exist because of your identity. However, thanks to other amazing tans individuals before me things have started somewhat getting better…but still far from where they should be.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an actress as well as a co-host on “The Q Agenda” which is currently the only talk show catering to the LatinX LGBTQ community. It airs on LATV and can also be viewed on RevryTV. In addition, I am a trans activist and work with various LGBTQ+ organizations.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Authenticity. My success in life and career comes from being authentic to who I am in every aspect of my life and identity.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @thejulianajoel