Julie had been working as an actress for about 15 years when she made the move into producing, starting her training at AFTRS. She had some great teachers but credits Robert Connolly as a stand out. His support helped Julie receive a Film Victoria internship at Matchbox Pictures with Tony Ayres and Michael McMahon who ran the office at the time.
It was an incredible opportunity and provided a foundation to build to bigger things which have since included producing the second series of Glitch, Seasons 1 & 2 of The Family Law, Maximum Choppage, Anatomy 4 and The Turning among her many other credentials.
Julie rates her experience producing Season 2 of Glitch among her career highlights working alongside a team including Louise Fox, Tony Ayres and Emma Freeman who Julie regards as an amazing leader and director.
She has also loved her time working on The Family Law for its warmth, quirkiness and the way it has contributed to diversity in casting and storytelling in Australia.
Julie attributes the guidance and mentorship she received from the Matchbox alumni. Alongside Tony Ayres, Michael McMahon and Chris Oliver-Taylor, Julie highlights Debbie Lee, Helen Panckhurst, Penny Chapman and Helen Bowden who all forged incredible careers while balancing other commitments.
Outside the Matchbox walls Julie credits Andy Walker as a mentor and also looks to some of the fabulous women in the industry such as Imogen Banks, Maryanne Carroll, Laura Waters and Bruna Papandrea.
To anyone starting in this industry Julie would tell them six things:
Be persistent, think about what you can give not just what you can get, be prepared to start small, excel at every opportunity you are given, be kind and good to work with and try to keep your sense of humour - it's just TV after all.