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Julia Albain: My Role Model

I was on Facebook last night and I came across a link a friend shared titled “Can A Man Have Female Role Models?

As a man, I’d like to respond to this question very simply: yes.

I’m not going to be the next Steve Jobs (but I am inspired by him, and recommend the movie “Jobs”), but I do aspire to change the world in some way that I can.

It may not be the whole world, and it may just be the small part of it that I occupy, but that is enough. I aspire to happiness, and I aspire to be confident enough to pursue my passions. It was with this in mind, and the linked article, that I realized that my role model is, in fact, a woman.

Julia Albain is exactly the type of person I look at and think “I wish I could live my life the way she does.”

Courtesy Photo
Julia Albain – Courtesy Photo

For those of you who do not know her, Julia Albain is a director, actress, author, and all around amazing person who graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theatre Performance. She had minor roles in the Harry Potter parody musicals on YouTube created by Starkid Productions, which is what thrust her into the spotlight for many.

I found Julia through those musicals and ended up Googling her and coming up with her Tumblr, where I became a huge fan of her writing. This inevitably lead to purchasing her book, “The Glamorously Unglamorous Life.

While reading this, it should be understood that I purchased this only knowing that Julia Albain could write from a few blog posts and because I wanted to support her as a person.

This was one of my better decisions. Julia’s book reflected back the year of her life she spent in New York after college, where she took a job as a writer covering bands, when she wasn’t sure what she was doing, and when she had moved just to do so and experience New York life.

The book was one of the most inspirational things to come into my life. Julia Albain was is one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever found. I always think about how great it would be to jump into something with both feet without over-thinking it to the point of talking myself out of it. To read a book where someone about my age moved to New York with limited funds and had to make it work, that is inspirational.

Fast forward in time and Julia Albain started a Kickstarter to raise money to direct a stage production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” I didn’t know the play, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to travel to Chicago to see it. To make things better, I knew I didn’t really have the money to give a donation.

Naturally, I put $50 into the play and received a set of photos, stage notes, signed postcards, and other tidbits from the show.

Only things get even better than having a few items that were sent from her/the cast and crew. In July of 2013, I went to a Harry Potter convention in Portland and members of Team Starkid were among the special guests. Julia Albain was one of those attending. Naturally I took her book with me, hoping to get it signed.

Julia Albain, along with Corey Lubowich (Co-Executive Producer and set designer for Judas), held a panel about how to go about starting, working on, and finishing projects like Judas. I found it inspiring despite the fact that I don’t work or participate in any sort of stage productions.

After the panel, I got the chance to meet Julia Albain and she signed my copy of her book. I ended up running into her multiple times afterwards, and each time she remembered me.  In person, she was humble about the fact that she had tons of fans. People had come to see her; I had come to see her. She took pictures, she signed autographs, she ran panels and yet she still took the time out of her busy schedule to not only do those things, but she took the time to just mingle and get to know people.

With everything going in her life, you could see she was happy. She may have times when she is unsure of what she’s doing, or you can tell that she’s taking a risk by trying to raise money for a play (which she got nearly twice as much money as originally hoped) but she was happy. She was living her life to the fullest and that’s what fulfilled her.

Seeing her go for what she wants in life makes me want to be more like her. She’s one of the reasons I decided I really would try to apply to Arizona State University last fall, and one of the reasons I will be moving this summer and starting at ASU. I want to live my life as fully as I can, and I know it’s possible when I can see someone my age doing so.

If you don’t take anything else from this long, likely confusing, late-night rambling of mine, at least remember this: women can be role models, just as the author of the article that sparked this post says, and women should be role models.

When I tried to think of a role model, Julia Albain was the first person to come to mind, not because she was a woman, but because she is the type of person I aspire to be.


So, who are your female role models? Leave a comment!



A blog waiting to happen

Obviously it’s been a long time since I’ve posted to my blog, and Project 365 has fallen off. Perhaps I’ll try again next year. More than likely, I’ll go for a Project 52, sticking to one post a week.

To face the facts, I burned out on Project 365, and I was busy with classes, my college’s newspaper, and my somewhat sporadic social life.

Since my last post, I’ve been elected as the Student State President of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, won a few more awards, and realized that I have no idea what I really want to do with my life.

However, I want to become more active with my life. I want to push myself to do more in journalism, become a more active, influential member of the internet communities I am apart of, and expand my overall presence online.

I wouldn’t say no to a paying writing gig, either.

Until next time, blogosphere.

Project 365 – Day 47: A free poster through Klout

February 16 2013

Despite constant fluctuations, my Klout score is apparently good enough to get me the occasional perk. If you don’t know what Klout is, it’s a site that you connect all of your social media sites to and it measures your influence across them all. You can sign up for perks, which gets you coupons, free items, etc.

Well, my Klout jumped enough and I got a free poster from Zazzle.com! I’m pretty happy, because I’ve wanted that life mantra poster for quite a while.

Project 365 – Days 45 and 46: DC shopping spree and my sports hats

(February 14, 2013)

February 14 2013

I slept through most of Valentine’s Day, but I managed to snap a picture of the hats I tend to rotate through when my hair is shorter. I don’t know why I stop wearing them when my hair needs cutting; that’s probably when I should be wearing hats… Less effort necessary.

(February 15, 2013)

February 15 2013

I went on an online Tilly’s shopping spree earlier in the week, and I bought a bunch of DC things. Along with shirts, a hoodie and some socks, I bought a cinch bag, shoes and a backpack! Yay for new things.

Project 365 – Days 40 through 44: Late nights with photo assignments and homework

(February 9, 2013)

After covering baseball and softball games at Cosumnes River College, I had a long night of sorting through photos, rosters and my game notes to pick out the best photos that would lend themselves to the best caption. (My Flickr sets, including my sports photos)

(February 10, 2013)

February 10 2013

I was at the kitchen table the night before for caption writing because this is how my desk looked. Yikes! Yes, I’ve cleaned it since then.

(February 11, 2013)

February 11 2013

Another late night shot where I had been writing captions for a photo assignment (this time a club profile), as well as reading for my history paper and scanning old film negatives for my Photoshop class.

(February 12, 2013)

February 12 2013

After my long day of school on Tuesday (7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.), I had to head back over to Hookaholics for that review that my friends and I were working on for The Connection. We needed better photos with people. While I was shooting the photos, I noticed someone was smoking out of a pineapple. Yeah, that was pretty epic to see.

(February 13, 2013)

February 13 2013

To conclude this assignment themed post is from yet another late night. This time I snapped a photo while I was half asleep, trying to finish my history paper. I was up until 3 a.m. writing, and had to get up around 6 a.m. for my history class at 7:30 a.m. Gross.