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Meet Juliana Redden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juliana Redden.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I am from a very small town in Vermont! Growing up I was a huge cry baby and I remember my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Walton, calling me out about it saying “You cry so much, you really should start acting, but please remember to shout me out when you win your Oscar!” After that, I auditioned at a local youth theatre, was cast in a play, and ended up loving it! I was in over 20 theatrical productions before graduating high school, moved to Boston and was the lead in over 25 independent film projects, and then most recently I decided to move to LA! I’ve been here for almost a year now and I am loving the hustle, the acting classes, and most importantly, the connections I’ve made so far. I am lucky to have a really good support system of friends!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been quite the journey! Although, you have to be a little crazy to want to get into this business. There aren’t many other careers where you are constantly being shut down, rejected, and judged. I can’t even begin to tell you how many auditions I have never heard back from! I hear back probably 20% of the time that I didn’t get it and maybe 2% of the time that I did book it. For some reason, that’s enough for me. Guess I’m one of the crazies!

When I finally decided I needed to move to LA last year, I heard all of the following: “These are the years you should be starting to have a family. But there’s no way out of millions they would pick YOU. Get a real job.. etc.” And it only made me want to move out here even more!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an actress! I have experience in improv, stage theatre, comedy, drama, commercials and much more. I am proud of the fact that I have been doing this since I was six. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else in the world! I have an insane work ethic and strive to be the best.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Oh golly, there are so many people that have helped craft the person I am today. First and foremost, I have to shoutout my family and friends for picking up my daily Facetimes! I know they will always pick up to celebrate my highs and help me out of my lows. Second, I have to thank Mrs. Walton for forcing cry-baby-2nd-grader-Juliana to get on a stage and act. Finally, all of my acting teachers along the way. Stephen Stearns at NEYT, Robert Kramsky at BUHS, and my most recent teachers at Lesly Kahn and Margie Haber. I am who I am because of all of these amazing people!

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Erica Derrickson & Chris Jon Photography

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