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Conversations with Justine Herron

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justine Herron.

Hi Justine, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Well, I really started performing in my BEDROOM (with my family as my audience) in a small town in Michigan! The town I grew up in definitely would not be considered a “land of opportunity” – but I always had music, movies & television to be not only my escape but it was the way I developed my goals & dreams.

I gained experience through performing at my church, school & community stage shows growing up. I joined the choir and always participated in the school talent shows & musicals. I carried the love of performing into college (University of Michigan) where I joined a dance group, took acting classes and got cast in my very first short film! After that experience, I couldn’t wait to move to Los Angeles to continue my film career.

After I graduated college, I moved out to LA that same summer & crashed on a friend’s couch with nothing except what I was able to fit in my car. I must say, it took me a couple of years to get my footing in the film & modeling world out here, but when I booked my first acting job (Cleaver Family Reunion), there was no looking back. I continued on that path and knew there was so much more to come.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t always been a smooth road. It has been a hustle & a grind! Anytime you’re chasing a dream – an unconventional one at that – you’re bound to have some hardships. The main challenge I think many artists have in this city is making enough money to support yourself on this journey. LA is expensive! I think I can speak for most when I say balancing multiple jobs while working on your craft is always challenging.

It’s also always a struggle hearing a lot more “no”s than “yes”s. The “yes”s are actually few and far between, but they definitely can be life-changing when you get them. Being vulnerable and digging deep into your own personal emotions to tap into a character can be really difficult. So to do that over and over and over and over again – only to get a “no” or even no response at all – can be taxing on your emotions…and let’s be honest, your ego. I’ve always had to pick myself up and remind myself why I chose to become an actress…it wasn’t because I thought it was easy (trust me, it’s not)…it’s because I love it. You just have to shake it off and move on to the next.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m an actress & model. I’m MOST proud of never compromising my integrity in a business where it’s all too common for people to do so.

Outside of my talent & versatility, I believe my heart sets me apart from others. I really just want to put my all into what I do and have anyone who watches my work be moved or inspired in some way.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
You can follow me on Instagram @justxone and reach out! Any booking announcements or work-related endeavors are usually posted there. I’m also repped by Kimberly Kottwitz at Brave Artists Management, so for any booking inquiries, that can go through her.

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