Julia Murphy grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. She graduated from TC Roberson High School, playing clarinet and tenor saxophone in the band all throughout high school, where she served as Drum Major. She attended Auburn University for two years studying Wildlife Veterinary Medicine. Although she still loves animals, her career interest trended to more creative pursuits. She currently attends UNC Asheville and is working toward a degree in Mass Communication and New Media. Julia creates video content for ACM Design, everything from interviews to informational videos.
Julia learned many of her own creative skills from her mother, Amy. She spent most of her childhood growing up in a home designed by ACM, and was inspired by her from a very young age to express herself creatively. “My mom has a really cool job, and I’m blessed that I get to witness her work all throughout my life. She showed me how to be confident in my artistic tastes, while working effectively with other people’s ideas to create something beautiful.”
Between classes and editing videos, Julia enjoys drawing and painting, spending time with her family, or playing video games with her friends. Once she graduates, she plans to pursue a career in news production or filmmaking.
“I’ve always enjoyed making videos, and it’s a skill that is becoming more and more in demand these days. People are constantly consuming digital content in the age of social media, and it presents a great opportunity for businesses of all kinds to not just connect to new clients, but create an audience and online presence for themselves.”
Behind the Scenes with Julia Murphy
Q: Describe your job in three words.
A: “Produce, edit, collaborate.”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do in WNC?
A: “Driving on the parkway with my friends. Most of our high school weekends consisted of getting milkshakes at Cook-Out, driving up to our favorite overlooks, and watching the sun set from the hatchback.”
Q: What are your favorite hobbies?
A: “Anything artistic; I draw, paint, sew, knit, make jewelry, embroider, crochet… you name the craft, I’ve probably tried it.”
Q: What made you choose WNC as home?
A: “After living in Alabama for a couple years, I chose to come back home to finish my degree. For a while, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to pursue as a career. Coming back to a familiar place like Asheville helped me recharge, and I was able to find my creative senses again and a career path that excited me. Even if I decide to move away for my first job post-grad, WNC will always be a part of me, and I’m proud to call Asheville my hometown.”
Q: If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?
A: “A cottage in the south of France with my mom.”
Q: What room do you spend the most time in at home?
A: “My bedroom. Growing up with a designer of homes, I really value how my personal space looks and feels. I put a lot of thought into designing my room to feel homey and comfortable, and it’s the perfect place for me to work on my art and recharge.”
Q: If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be?
A: “A big, screened-in porch. Enjoying a cup of coffee on a cool fall morning, or drinks with friends on a summer night, is always made better with a screened-in porch.”
Q: What is your favorite type of food?
A: “Anything with pasta or noodles.”
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: “Many different things… a veterinarian, an actress, a graphic designer. When I was little, I wanted to own a vineyard, mainly because I wanted a house like Dennis Quaid’s in The Parent Trap.”
Q: How do you take your coffee?
A: “Hot, with a little sugar and milk, every morning.”
Q: Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about you.
A: “I’m way better at baking than cooking.”
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world you haven’t been, where would it be?
A: “Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada… anywhere with a culture that I haven’t experienced yet.”
Credentials and CV
– Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and New Media, UNC Asheville (in progress)
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