Interview by Riane Lumer | Submitted by Julia Willett Nomination & Photography by Mallory Neil Photography
The Nomination: Julia is a junior at a small private school in central Pennsylvania. She is an asset to her soccer and basketball teams and was awarded most improved her sophomore year of basketball. She brings such a positive attitude to her teams and is constantly encouraging every girl. She never has a bad attitude. She shines on stage as well, singing and acting. Julia had held the lead in her High School's spring musical in her freshman year where she got nominated for best actress in a leading role in the area. Her sophomore year, she was the supporting female actress in the show and was also nominated for best actress in a supporting role. Julia is constantly a great example to whoever is watching her and is an amazing person.
1. What sparked your interest in all the activities you partake in and what’s your particular favorite? I play soccer and basketball for my school. It has taught me to work with others and to always encourage my teammates. I’ve learned to have a positive outlook no matter the outcomes. I also participate in our school’s theatre program along with our ensemble team. I have such a passion for acting and singing and hope to make that passion into a reality. I enjoy the work it takes before performing on stage and getting to perform with all my friends.
2. When did you begin musical theater and what was your favorite role portrayed? I’ve performed in musical theatre all my life. My favorite role I’ve ever portrayed was Fiona from the musical, Brigadoon. That was my first leading role I had ever gotten because I was afraid of trying to go for it. It was a challenge, but it gave me a new outlook for theatre.
3. Tell me a little bit about the nominations you have received through theater. My freshman year, I was nominated for an Isaac portraying Fiona in Brigadoon and then again, my sophomore year portraying Grace Farrell in Annie. Although I didn’t win, it was an honor to be nominated. It blew my mind that I was competing with other amazing female actresses that were talented.
4. How are you able to balance your time amongst school, sports, and theater while keeping organized? When it comes to school work/homework, I find it helpful to work on homework any break I get. Whether that’s during play practice or after a soccer game, you’ll find me working on it. I have the mindset of getting things done. However, I do turn out staying up late trying to cram in homework at times which can be tiring, but I remind myself that it will be worth it when I’m finished.
5. As a junior, what are your goals for your last two years of high school and why? Some goals of mine are to keep a high GPA to get into a good college one day (Penn State hopefully). To always progress at whatever I do whether that’s soccer, basketball, singing, or acting. To always keep encouraging people having a positive mindset. Most of all, to grow a stronger relationship with God.
6. What do you hope to be as your future profession? My plans for the future are to go to college at, possibly, Penn State in State College majoring in theatre with a minor in business. I hope to one day perform on Broadway or act in films. That sounds like a big dream, but I believe in myself and that it’s definitely possible if I work hard for it.
Julia was published in Issue 14 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.