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Life & Work with Julie Joseph

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Joseph.

Hi Julie, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
When I was little, my parents threw me into dance classes. I fell in like with dance, I would say– it was something I saw as a constant and was something that I enjoyed. When I got a little older some events in high school intercepted my ability to communicate effectively for myself which threw off my metric of who I was. All of the sudden – dance became way more important.

Dance became like a language to me, a place where no one could tell me I was wrong or that I needed to stop. I went to Brandeis University (’18) in pursuit of studying psychology and Hispanic Studies, hoping to initially work for the FBI with forensic psychology, but about halfway into my freshman year, I realized that perhaps my ties to dance were pulling me in another direction.

Since then, I have worked as a teacher, competition judge, professional dancer, choreographer, videographer, and creative director. I love moving around, jumping through life and testing how far I can stretch myself while pushing myself and those around me to remember the depth of why we do what we do and the significance of the historical ties that have created generational patterns worth ending within our industry.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Absolutely not. Lol.

The art industry is a wildly personal experience. We value our personal expression so deeply but call it into challenge daily by not only receiving but inviting external opinions into our showcase of who we are. Dance has evolved so far from being a language shared to express beyond experiences and how is rooted so deeply into what sells and who’s watching.

I try to put myself on all sides of the equation– capturing dance, creating it, and doing it, which empowers me to have a deeper understanding of the personal aspects of this profession vs (at times) the commercial necessity, but also I struggle to feel settled within any genre of what my art can be.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Right now, I’ve been struggling to answer that for myself. I’ve been on this lil personal mission to not be so concerned with what I’m known for but rather just creating things that make me happy with people I love.

I am most proud of the little Instagram shorts I have been making with my friends. The process is consistently so special and honest, and the work we put out is truly just letting sharing be the icing on the cake!

Here’s one of them, but they are all on my reels page 🙂

What does success mean to you?
Being secure enough in yourself to allow other people to perceive the deepest parts of you while not wavering from who you know yourself to be.

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Image Credits
Personal Photo- Tim Avery Waterfall- Tim Avery Beach- Tim Avery Rooftop with White Shirt- Dainique Jones

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