Last month I wanted to introduce you to Julie Caitlin Brown because I had heard so much about her, which caused me to research her further. Once I read her story and heard her music, I knew I wanted to interview her but I didn’t want to wait to share her with you. You can read that short piece here.In that post, I mentioned my desire to talk with Julie further and as luck would have it, she graciously agreed to it! I am so thrilled to bring this to you. I hope many of you will check her out further. I think you will find her music and life coaching skills to be superb!Q: I have to ask the obvious question, what was your experience like working on Babylon 5?Julie Caitlin Brown: As a sci-fi fan I loved working on B5! Great writing and a great cast, the makeup was just too much for my skin and eyes, however, so even though I was offered the series for another 4 years I had to turn it down.Q: Was it your work on Babylon that led you to be interested in the convention world?JCB: I was invited to attend some conventions after my work on Babylon 5, and yes, I found the convention world very intriguing. I had been a booking agent for rock bands and some very well-known stand-up comics in San Francisco, so the process of booking talent was not new to me. I felt that this young industry was in need of some organization on the part of the talent and I quickly realized that I had a better grasp of the commerce of conventions than the people who were currently representing me in that market. At the time, the theatrical agents and managers didn’t really want their clients to attend conventions, so they were not interested in booking the events. But I enjoyed the travel, meeting the fans, and quite frankly, as a Broadway performer, I missed the stage! It was fun to entertain again and by bringing my original music to the conventions, I was able to record my first CD in 1997.Q: What sets you apart from other talent managers who do similar work?JCB: I have a ridiculous work ethic. Installed from my salesman father, literally I am fanatical about returning emails and calls. Communication is paramount to me, so even on vacation, I am always checking in. Working with an international clientele of talent and promoters there is always a show somewhere in the world on any given weekend! And I have done the job I am asking my actors to do, I understand viscerally the challenges they face, so I have a lot of compassion for how they feel at events.Q: What is your best memory so far from your time working with conventions?JCB: I would have to say it’s an ongoing connection to humanity. There have been crazy, outrageous, and sometimes frustrating moments in the 19 years I have been managing appearances, but overall, the love of the fans for the talent and each other, inspires me as a businesswoman and artist. That’s where Love First, the Beginning was born. Conventions.Q: How did you become interested in being a life coach?JCB: See above!!!! Being able to interact with people across all socio-economic strata, cultures, environments, led me to understand that we all want to FEEL Love, not BE Loved, FEEL it, because in the ability to feel love for someone else, you have to love yourself, first, and then flow that love to the other person. The fans made it clear to me that no matter where you are in the world, we all come from the same Source and we all want connection!Q: I normally ask the next two questions to people I’ve interviewed but they seem even more fitting for you. What is the best advice you have ever received and who was it from?JCB: Ah, well, can I give two answers? On the business level it was from Adam Malin of Creation Entertainment. He reminded me when I first started that his company was my customer, too. Not just my actors or the fans. By recognizing the relationship between all three dynamics, Adam helped me to forge a new perspective, one that encouraged ALL parties to thrive, not just my actor clients, and not just providing the fans a great event. The promoter has to feel that their investment in the convention makes financial sense, or why do it? By making it my business to understand the promoters’ perspective, I could create better agreements between my talent and the promoters, resulting in long-term beneficial relationships where all of us feel respected and I have seen that philosophy bring abundance to all of us. Happy actors, happy fans, happy promoter.The second piece of advice was from my father. Don Andrich. My dad is a salesman and he’s a damn good one. I have watched him charm, connect, and create a relationship with complete strangers and here’s what he told me, “Do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. Not because anyone will notice, not because you get brownie points for it, because at the end of the day, your integrity is the one thing they can’t take from you, that one you have to sell.” And he’s right. I have had some pretty hard times in the last 35 years, but I have never given up my integrity, that’s just not for sale.Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever given? Are you good and taking your own advice?JCB: Many times people come to me and feel they are not enough, that they are broken in some way, and I have found that what works for me is really, really, simple, “I’m a nice girl, I try hard, and that’s good enough today.” Love yourself, FIRST, be gentle with yourself because you can’t be anyone else.And I do take that advice most of the time…..Q: For some reason, even though we have SO many ways to be and stay connected today, many people are having trouble finding and keeping love and even friendships. Why do you think that is? Does most of your coaching deal with love and relationships in general?JCB: All of my coaching, even Love First and Business, begins and ends with connection to ALL THAT IS, whatever you choose to call the Source. For me, there is no separateness, only Oneness. And from that place of connection, we can truly choose to Love those who we meet, not because of what they might do for us, but because we are all in this together and last time I checked, none of us are getting out of here alive! We don’t have to like everyone, we have the right and the ability to discern what pleases us, but the Love of the essence of who we all are is the principle of Love First. There are only two emotions, love and fear, and most of us are coming from the latter. Afraid to look up from the cell phone because we might “miss” something, when what we are missing is NOW. NOW is Life, NOW is fleeting, there it goes again, and again, and again, so take a chance and LOOK UP!!!Friendships take commitment, making the time, making the effort to give and receive. I think I am a good friend, but I recently let go of some long-term, (over 20 years) friends because I realized that the relationships had not grown, and that is also part of being human, the friend you had at 25 might not be the right friend at 50, it doesn’t mean the friendship didn’t have value, it was perfect for the time it lasted, but we do grow and change, and it is foolish to think that every relationship we have should survive our entire lives.This is true romantically as well. Love is not based on proximity or duration, it is the Love of Source recognizing Itself and the connection to each other is Love. But to be IN LOVE with someone? This is based on assessment, the ability to spend time with the other person and choose them, who they really are. I think many of us get lonely and move too quickly into relationships, hoping it will be “The One”. For me, I am enjoying my relationship with myself these days and I think it’s a great place to start!Q: I consider myself pretty busy normally since I have many interests but after researching you, I feel I may need to pick up a few new ones. How do you find time to balance everything you have going on?JCB: I have wonderful people in my personal and work life who help immensely, but it’s my personality. I am the oldest of 5 girls and 1 boy, and I had a lot of responsibility even as a young child. I think I was holding and feeding my newborn sister at 5 and cooking breakfast for my Dad by 7! I have derived a lot of my self-esteem from being helpful to first my mother, then my siblings, and now my family and clients. I am also happier when I am working on multiple projects not just one, as I do tend to get bored easily. Workouts, my garden, singing, traveling with my sons, playing with my dogs, these ground me in what is important and give me strength to keep it all going. Did I mention SLEEP? The elixir of life, well that and coffee….Q: You are also a very talented musician. Do you have plans to release more CDs and perform anytime soon?JCB: Thank you! I have a recording session in August to do at least 5 new songs, very excited that they will be available on my new website for download as individual tracks this fall.Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?JCB: I can’t live without art. In all it’s forms. I wish we could all live without fear, it is the basis of all our struggles.Q: How can your fans and people who want to know more about you keep up with all you are doing and stay connected to you?JCB: Please visit the new website www.juliecaitlinbrown.com or follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.Q: What’s up next for Julie Caitlin Brown? Acting roles? Writing?JCB: The new Love First and the Artist audio book will be available July 8th on the website and I hope to be booking some singing gigs soon.Q: Since I have friends in the industry, I have to ask, are you currently taking on new clients? How does one go about becoming part of the Illumina Productions family?JCB: I am blessed to have so many wonderful clients and am grateful for them all, so for now, it’s basically referral, only, what I do is very specific, not theatrical, just personal appearances for actors who are currently well-known for their work in genre TV and Film.
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