Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Geller.
Julie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started writing music in the tenth grade. As soon as I discovered music, I felt like I was on mission. I still do. My love of songwriting has never waned. I love it as much today as I did when I was 14. Three years ago, I decided to distill 25+ years of creating and help others reconnect with their creativity. Today I work both as a musician and creativity coach.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No! I have two innate talents – songwriting and leadership. Everything else – playing the piano, playing the guitar, singing, performing, leading a band, cultivating a following, and running a business – has required dedication and a lifelong commitment to learning. It took me years to find people who wanted to play my music. I’ve played many humiliatingly bad shows. It took me a long time to learn to tell the truth in my songwriting. There were times when I stopped performing altogether because the emotional toll was too great. Over the last decade or so I’ve cracked the code on how to have creativity be a joyful and easy part of my life. That led me to want to coach other creatives in order to spare them many of the struggles that I went through.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I write and share music and I coach creatives on how to bring creativity back into their lives. More than anything, I am known for telling the truth. I believe that we all experience the same struggles and emotions. When an artist has the courage to share her inner life, it helps others feel less alone. Expressing your creativity is a tremendous service to humanity. I am most proud of what I model for my three children – courage, fearlessness, creativity, hard work, dedication to a singular project year after year. When I was 25, I went through a severe bout of anxiety, bordering on agoraphobia. Today, my eight-year-old asks me, “Mommy, how come you’re not scared of anything?” The truth is, I’m not afraid. I wake up every day and do my best. I will do this until my last day on this Earth. What do I have to fear? I am so proud of having grown into this woman and modeling it for my kids.
What were you like growing up?
I was very emotionally closed. Although I had a rich inner life, as we all do, I didn’t share it with anyone. I had no idea that I was a musician until songwriting found me, seemingly out of the blue, at the age of 14. I always loved the arts, however, and wanted to grow up to be an artist of some sort. In my family, the arts were revered. I was named for my mother’s aunt who was a painter and my mother would regale our of stories about this childless woman and her bohemian-actor husband and the offbeat and creative life they led.
- Website: www.juliegeller.com
- Phone: 3039105909
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JGellerMusic/
- Other: http://youtube.com/juliegeller
Live stage shots: Neil Rosenfeld Photography