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Meet Julia Boyd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Boyd.

Julia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am now convinced the entire reason I live in LA is because my favorite movie as a kid was Big Fat Liar (which honestly, still holds up). I fell in love with a vision of Los Angeles as a magical playground, and though living here has been full of challenges, disappointments, sadness, as well as joy, achievements, and laughter—I think I was right about the unique magic that exists here. I now work as a videographer, editor, digital video producer, and photographer.

I began my career as an intern and then Video Coordinator at a record label in Nashville, which was a transformative and amazing time for me. But, I’d always wanted to live and work in LA so I packed up and moved in 2016. I started my career as a freelancer, juggling long term digital clients as well as freelance photo and video work. A few months after moving here, I serendipitously started my photography work, which has morphed me into a photographer, stylist, and creative director, depending on the shoot. As silly as it may sound, starting my Instagram account @juliaboydphoto really jumpstarted this whole enterprise. Now, it’s been over two years and I am so grateful for the creative work this has brought me. I work full time as a Digital Video Producer and I shoot as much as I can, whether it’s for a passion project, a side hustle, or part of my full-time responsibilities. The photo and video work I do has been an invaluable outlet and juncture of my career.

It has also helped me build confidence to put myself out there in other ways, including my comedy career. Doing comedy is one of the most precious things in my life because it brings me so much joy, and I am also tremendously grateful for this outlet. My most recent endeavor has been The Blow Up Couch Show, a mobile talk show I created where I interview interesting people on an inflatable sofa. It’s very silly but I really love doing it so much that I want to keep it going as long as possible.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
To be completely honest, I often refer to working and living in LA to an endless rollercoaster. In fact, the past three years have probably been the most challenging years of my life. Working in a creative field, I’ve had to be very vulnerable in putting my work out there, which can be really trying at times. I’ve faced a lot of professional disappointment, and sometimes people I’ve worked with have not turned out to be who I thought they were.

However, the thing that keeps me going is that I feel like all of these experiences, good and bad, are helping me grow into the person I am meant to be. Every challenge has made me stronger and every victory has meant that much more. I have also explored my creativity to a depth I had never previously experienced. I am thankful for every opportunity I’ve had since I began my professional career because even the ones that haven’t worked out have taught me something.

Please tell us about Julia Boyd Photo.
I initially began Julia Boyd Photo as a creative outlet, and it has steadily grown into a full-fledged photography and videography business. My passion is photographing people and capturing images that really reflect the nature of the subject. I love color and light and rainbows and reflections, and I always try to keep an element of joy and play in my work. The greatest compliment I receive with my work is when the people I photograph tell me that I made them feel truly comfortable in front of the camera. Some people have even said they usually hate having their picture taken, but at our shoots, they feel at ease and even have fun. I think everyone deserves to feel special and beautiful and have that reflected in photographs they’re proud to share.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I think I would have started sharing my work publicly much sooner. I would have been more proud and open with my accomplishments, and I would have asked people I respect for help. I think there is so much joy and creativity to be born of collaborating with others. Truth be told, I am not a very competitive person, except for with my own self. So I absolutely love to work with others, and I would have started this sooner. I would also tell myself that even major disappointments are survivable. They sting, but if you keep moving forward, you’ll be helping yourself out.

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