“It’s kinda always been there, storytelling…That’s what I’m doing, buckling down on film.”


“When I was a little kid I knew I always wanted to be in a creative field. Originally, I wanted to be an Author and I wrote awful short stories and I drew in marker illustrations for them. They’re horrible. But I knew I wanted to do something creative. Eventually, I went from Author to Owner of a TV company, which in my mind meant I can make movies, tv shows and video games, and write books, because 5th grade me was ambitious. Then in 8th grade, I’m like, ‘let’s narrow it down to video games.’ Then after a game design club, that wasn’t all that great, I made some MODs for New Vegas, one of them ended up being kinda influential, which I’m really happy about. But then I started realizing I had more storytelling power in film and I had recently made my second short film in my senior year of high school. I hadn’t made any video games.”

“It’s kinda always been there, storytelling, as a component, and I was like ‘That’s what I’m doing, buckling down down on film.”

On inspiration: “It’s a mix of everything, everywhere. It’s a mix of your own experiences, that’s kinda inevitable. It’s a mix of what you watch, and read and see. That’s also inevitable. Then it’s also a mix of whatever music I’m listening to, sorta inspires. If it’s Synthwave or Vaporwave, which is an internet genre of music based in electronica…, that inspires a very ‘80s, retro-futuristic, dystopian timeline. It makes me think of 2007 or 2020 as the future. I know 2020 is the future but it’s not like we saw it a while ago.”

“ASU is a good two hour from [from Tucson], and that’s just enough space to start coming out and living your life, but still close enough to visit your parents and deal with the dead naming pain for a bit…”

“I”ve found a lot of friends that I’ve grown really close to, a lot and actors ,writers, editors, directors and such that I’ve become friends with and overall it’s made me felt more safe to be me. It gave me the courage to come out to the last few people at home that didn’t know.”

On Coming Out: “If you think It’s gonna be bad, it’s not gonna be as bad as you think it’s gonna be, probably…If you’re expecting the worst, it’s not gonna be that bad. If you’re thinking it’s going to be totally fine, at least prepare for something that’s not going to be totally fine. At least emotionally…Come out when you’re ready but don’t procrastinate on it.”

“The web series I’m making takes place in the world of the game Fall Out New Vegas. It’s about this 5 characters who want to make it big in the Wasteland and want a Casino on the New Vegas Strip. They want to make an impression there…It’s very focused on the characters. There’s a lot of comedy, some drama…”

– Julie Tjalas, She/Her/Hers

Transgender, Bisexual, Atheist

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