Today we’d like to introduce you to Julia Lahl.
Julia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology and Linguistics and obtaining some work experience in project development and management from my home country of Germany, I decided to follow my heart and study acting in America. I started acting when I was little. It had a big impact on me, always lingering in the back of my mind.
I love bringing life to authentic characters that people can relate to and be inspired by. I want to capture and express people’s struggles and individuality, giving hope and inspiration through the characters I portray. Being from a small town in Germany, I loved going to our small movie theater’s “Monday Movies” – a mix of arthouse movies, independent productions and international films – just to dive into a different world, be someone else for a day and deeply feel with them. It’s always been a source of inspiration, hope, empathy and a broadening horizon for me. Now, I do that through acting. Being so many different characters and seeing the world through their eyes is such an amazing experience.
I fell in love with America a few years back when I first visited. Traveling and seeing the world is a big part of who I am. It’s like an inner calling and needs to experience all of these amazing places that are out there. Combining my passion for acting with living in one of my favorite places in the world is a dream come true.
Now, I work part-time on campus, go to University and try to audition as much as possible while often teaming up with other artists and students to work on projects as well as my own personal ones– film, music videos, photography, recording songs, writing and painting. LA really inspires me to try many different things while having the chance to be surrounded by all the creativity and artists around.
Over the past few years, my interest in fashion has increased and coming to LA where you can see people wearing pretty much everything you could think of, including what you wouldn’t even think of, has been a big push in that direction. When I was little, I sewed my own canvas tote bags and toiletry bags. I loved designing my own things and creating something new with my imagination. When I got older, I paid a lot of attention to how people dress, the art of combining pieces together and the mixing and matching of styles, patterns, and fabrics. I get my inspiration just by looking at all the styles around me and the following fashion online. I just started designing clothes and plan to establish my own brand in the future.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it hasn’t always been a smooth road. For the most part, it’s been complications that most people deal with – financial issues, health, balancing work and school which often means putting your artist career on hold – but being an international student comes with its limitations sometimes, especially since we have regulations regarding work permits making our time limited. Sometimes, LA and Hollywood can be lonely places. But it just takes some time getting used to. Finding a good community and good people to surround yourself with goes a long way. Just being able to be here as an international student is a huge privilege that I appreciate every day.
Besides all of that, you as an actor always have to deal with self-doubt following you around. Especially in a city where so many talented individuals reside and it being home to one of the most competitive industries where 500 other blondes go for the exact same role. You have to learn to believe in yourself and your own uniqueness.
Growing up, I had to deal with a lot of gender stereotypes since I liked doing “guy things” like skateboarding and wearing oversized sweaters. Germany is pretty conservative when it comes to what a girl is supposed to like and do. Being in the U.S. where I’m not the only girl in the skatepark helped me a lot to embrace that part of me.
Learning to believe in being different is an advantage for success. Being yourself and not changing for the sake of other peoples opinions is one of the principles I live by.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an actress, an athlete as well as a budding fashion designer. Skateboarding in pools, bowls, and halfpipes is still a big hobby of mine. I love combining it with acting and modeling, which sets me apart. I can do my own skateboarding stunts, ride a horse bareback or be a soccer player.
My fashion line will be affordable with a fusion of high fashion and street style. I love going into high fashion stores and one day I thought “Wow, I really love the design and quality of these pieces but right now it’s out of budget. Why not make them myself?” People on a lower budget should be able to afford designer pieces as well.
Besides that, I am working on some other projects on the side. During traveling, I became obsessed with architecture, urban/suburban lifestyle and abandoned places where life had once been now being displaced by melancholy – like old carwashes, gas stations or amusement parks. Especially old and abandoned movie theaters. One day, I might bring one back to life and use it for showing indie movies. The U.S. is full of abandoned places so I am capturing them in a little photo series right now.
What I am proud of is my variety of creativity, talents, interests and the ability to combine those into something multidimensional whether it is acting, fashion, sports, photography, modeling, painting, writing – or a mix of everything.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Yes, I have a great support system with my family and friends here in the U.S. as well as back home. It was my friends in Germany giving me the last push I needed to go and chase after my dreams. Even though it was hard for my family to let me go so far away, they are super proud of me and it’s such a gift to have them. I found some amazing and loving people here in the U.S. who became a second family to me. So, thank you to everyone who has ever been there for me and helped me get to where I am now.
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