We had the good fortune of connecting with Convict Julie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Convict, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I always had a dream ever since I was six years old of being a rockstar, but it wasn’t until I was about 19 that I realized music could and would be my career. Music is how I made sense of the world growing up. It helped me cope with the environment that I grew up in, it helped me make sense of my own feelings, and it was the only real outlet I had to express myself authentically. I knew that I would want my passion to carry me through life and my passion his music. I only get one time to live on this earth as the person that I am with this set of skills and talent and so I am committed to fostering those gifts share with the world and to live the life that I want to live as not only a creative but also a community person, philanthropist, and businesswoman

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artistic medium is music. As a musical artist I am a songwriter, producer, engineer. I think my artistry in my journey is really cool because I produce almost all of my music myself which is it always common especially because there are not as many black women producers in the music industry as there should be. Getting to where I’m at professionally has not been easy. I spent a lot of years finding my voice. For most of my life I only wanted to be a songwriter, but then my mentor encouraged me to be an artist after hearing a catalog of my music. The challenges that I faced have included racial and gender base challenges as well as financial challenges, but I don’t let that stop me. If I want something to happen, I’ll make it happen because nobody’s going to live my dream out for me. Another major challenge for me was a life or death situation that changed my life completely in 2018. I promised myself if I survived, I’d live my dream. That’s where I’m at. I’m not there fully, but I’m closer than ever before. The lessons I’ve learned in my journey are about community. In order to build community I have to contribute to community, not to gain something but instead give something that is needed. We live in a time where we’re taught to take take take, but there’s so much value that comes from intentionally giving and contributing to something greater. What I want the world to know is that I am currently living my second chance and I’m committed to seeing it to fruition. I’m never giving up on myself.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being a musician I would probably take my friends to house shows or concerts, if there were concerts going on. I would have to take my friend to JR crickets for wings, Honey Bubble for a bubble tea and we would have to go to the classic places like the High museum and the aquarium. We would probably hang out in Little five points and go shopping and then head over to Piedmont for a picnic or to just walk the park. We one hundred percent would have to go to Cascade. The beauty of being in Atlanta is it there’s always something going on whether there’s a pop-up shop or a festival or some type of event, there’s always something going on in the city. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out Cam Rickers and creative hustle USA for giving me a chance to not only share my talent with the Atlanta community but also finding and recognizing other artists who do the same. Had I not met him, things will be a little bit different for me. I’m grateful for him and his group.

Website: https://www.convictjulie.com/

Instagram: https://www.Instagram.com/convictjulie/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/convictjulie/

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCppSAtI8t1jYeS2QC5DiXew

Image Credits
Donald Fuller (@lenzcapd) . Picture with the yellow shirt (1,8,9) . Picture with the white shirt and microphone (4) . Personal photo XiaoYu ‘Fish’ Zhu. Picture with flowers (2) Will Wander . Black and white pictures (3,6) . Picture with speakers (7) KJ McCoy . Picture (5)

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