I am a latecomer to the acting profession. Although I had worked as a voice-over artist in my native Germany throughout my teens and subsequently did a 1-year course at drama school in Paris, I first pursued a career as an academic.
When I decided to take the plunge as a professional actress 2 years ago, I wanted to work straight away and not go through formal drama school training again, so when I found the Actors Centre in 2009, it was exactly what I was looking for, and I hit the ground running. I have since taken a variety of courses to polish and complete my skills, from Shakespeare to screen acting to getting my RP accent right.
A big step for me was the Chrys Salt showcase course, thanks to which I found my agent. I enjoy working with Bathsheba Garnett, whose challenging course "Simplicity" has helped me progress immensely in my work. I am also a great fan of the Meisner technique, and whenever I can, especially between acting jobs, I do the weekly Meisner class to stay sharp and remind myself of staying truthful and honest in my work.
Apart from the excellent classes, I like spending time in the Actors Centre's café and socialising with like-minded creatives, which gives me a sense of support, community and collaboration in an industry that can be tough at times.
In terms of career highlights, I am still a relative newcomer to the industry, and therefore feel deeply honoured to have been nominated for Best Female Performance at the Off West End Awards 2011 for my performance in "Secret Boulevard", a contemporary play which recently finished an acclaimed 5-week run at the Courtyard Theatre.
You can vote for Julia in the Off West End Awards 2011 here.