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Meet Julia Vollaro

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

Thanks for sharing your story with us Julia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve always been fascinated with movies and TV shows for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I would watch a movie on rerun, so much that the DVD player couldn’t read the DVD anymore. I loved to watch the behind the scenes featurettes and I loved going on the backlot tours at Universal and Disney. It was in junior high school that I was selected to work on the daily school news show and I started making videos and commercials. I continued to take TV production classes through high school where I realized I was most interested in post-production. I loved going through all the footage and piecing it all together; it’s like putting together a puzzle! I chose to go to Scottsdale Community College to pursue my passion for editing after high school and then went to Arizona State University to finish up my Bachelor’s degree.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Pursuing a career in film and television isn’t easy. I often question is this what I should be doing, but I remember that this is what I love. I love movies and TV shows, as a viewer and a filmmaker. It’s my passion and there isn’t anything better than creating a story and sharing that with an audience.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an editor and assistant editor. I’ve worked on promos for high school sports teams, training videos for local companies and short films. I’ve edited multiple comedies, dramas, and even a western! As an editor, I don’t have one specific style I choose to edit with or a specific software I use. I look at each project individually to determine what software will best meet its needs and even more important when choosing an edit style I enjoy having collaborative conversations with the director to see what kind of film we’re making.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Tough question… thinking about it, I’m not sure I would change anything that I’ve done. I’ve always been true to myself and that’s the advice I keep getting: to be myself. You have to be a bit bold to get where you want and stand up for yourself and your art. If you believe in the content, you’re making and who you’re making it with that’s all that matters.

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Image Credit:

Jamie Droeg (for the personal photo), Wil Bayne (only the blue wall photo in additional photos)

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