And finally, here is the conclusion to my interview with Team Starkid’s talented Julia Albain. In this final part, we chat about her favourites, Harry Potter, her inspirations, and her advice for life. (I assume this part also has horrible gaps before the ‘read more’ and such, which I’m not awesome enough to fix, so please ignore. I so apologise):
What was your favourite song in A Very Potter Musical?
What was your favourite song in A Very Potter Sequel?
And what was your favourite song in Starship?
A tie between Kick It Up A Notch and The Way I Do
If you had a choice would you go to Hogwarts or Pigfarts?
What was your favourite book and movie in the Harry Potter series?
My favourite book was number six. I’m gonna be honest and say I haven’t seen all the movies because I stopped really enjoying them after like number three or four. I just like the books better so it’s hard for me to watch the movies. So yeah, I don’t really have a preference on the movies.
If you were at Hogwarts, which house would be you in?
Well, everyone says Gryffindor, everyone wants to be Gryffindor. And I think I would be a Gryffindor. I think I can confidently say I would be a Gryffindor.
Is there a particular Harry Potter character you feel you can relate to the most?
You know, I think I’m a strange combination of Hermione and Ron, which sounds like a crazy combination but like Hermione cos she gets like so wrapped up in wanting to do right and work hard, but I’m also just like kind of clumsy and like get myself in trouble and say the wrong things and say too much sometimes and that reminds me of Ron so I think I’m like this weird combination of them.
What is your favourite scene from a Starkid production?
You know, I thought the whole Voldemort tap dancing thing was kind of brilliant but the favourite scene I’ve ever done was just that short little “Hermione Can’t Draw” scene in the sequel, cos it just…I don’t know what it was. We just cracked up every time. It never got old to us and we would always just walk off stage crying with laughter. So that’s just one of those fun memories we have.
What’s your all time favourite musical?
Funny Girl. The musical Funny Girl. I used to watch that when I was sick when I was little and that was like “I’m gonna be an actress”. That was the one that did it for me.
If you lived in an ideal world where whatever you wanted to happen, happened, where would you see yourself in five years time?
In five years I would say I would like to…there’s a lot. There’s a lot I could see happening in five years. I’m interested and I’m intrigued by the idea of us doing a television show and working in television in general really would intrigue me. So I think I would like to have that be a part of my life at some point, whether it’s all of us together, or whether it’s just me on my own. I would really like to have written a lot more and to get better at it, cos there’s for sure things that I would have sure changed or done differently with this book that now I’ve learned from. And then I certainly think I would have liked to have garnered more of a reputation and a building resume and career as a director. And that’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently and I’m gonna try to start working towards and having certain projects developed because I really do enjoy directing and it’s something that I think I would like to build a career on.
Your book is filled with inspirational quotes and you also like, regularly tweet them. Do you have one particular favourite quote that you just really, really love?
Yes. There’s this quote by Mary Oliver and it says “What is it that you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?”. And I love that because it’s just like…it’s just a reminder that what we have is a gift and a great opportunity to create something incredible. And sometimes we get so caught up in like the mundanity of our day by day that we forget to say that we have this opportunity to sculpt something miraculous that’s going to be left behind in our name, and that’s what we should all be striving for.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Wow, that’s a tricky one. I collect these things from different people and the lives they’ve built. I admire a lot of what Tina Fey has done because she’s gotten to do a lot of different stuff and she’s built this very variety based career. I have a lot of admiration for Steve Martin cos he’s a brilliant writer in addition to being an actor. So yeah, I’d say those are two people in the industry that really inspire me, and then there’s this one writer, he’s dead now, but he’s a Lebanese poet named Khalil Jebran and his book “The Prophet” is probably my all time favourite book and his writing just…it just inspires me, it enthuses me with this idea of what life is and how it should be lived. So that I would say.
One last question, what advice would you give to teen girls about to enter the real world, or just about life in general?
Oh man, that’s a great question cos this is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and it’s something that I feel almost like I hopefully will be able to have like a side career mentoring and working in this way, cos I’m just…I’m encountering these…I can remember coming out of high school into college and college into the real world and I’m still learning, I’m still young obviously, but there’s a lot of girls that I meet and talk to and they have just been made to believe that things that they dream aren’t possible so they stop dreaming and it just breaks my heart because it’s like the minute people stop dreaming, that’s where society starts to fall apart. And it gets cracks and holes and people begin to get unhappy and it’s just crazy that if you have this strong desire or calling on your part, that you wouldn’t at least try to go after it. Because you’re never going to, it’s never going to be a mistake to try. It will never, ever, ever be a mistake to try. And I just think that you don’t have to know how it will work out, but you just have to know what you want. And that’s how I’ve come to live my days. And trust me, I’ve got some dreams that are insane, that I go ‘I don’t know how this is going to work out’, but I also, when I was in New York I had a dream of living with all of my best friends and just getting to do the work that we loved, and a year later that came to be in ways that I couldn’t have ever planned for or anticipated. But I knew what I wanted and I just had to believe that that was going to work out. So I just think that for anyone else in that phase of life, you’ve got to commit to dreaming and finding and really looking at what you want out of your life, and find a little piece of yourself that believes that you can have and do the things you love and want. Because really like, the things that you want, want you and that’s where you’re going to make the most impact and actually help the most other people.
Thank you so much, Julia.
You’re so welcome! I think that we should probably try and like come to Australia, because we have such a big base there, and why not? How cool?! We will keep that in mind and put it on the back burner. So we should try and put that in the five year plan! My five year goal is that some point we will try and come to Australia.
A million thanks to Julia for taking time to chat to me. I really, really appreciate it.
A final reminder that Julia’s brilliant book ‘A Glamourously Unglamorous Life’ can be purchased here.
Julia can be seen in Team Starkid productions ‘A Very Potter Musical’ and ‘A Very Potter Sequel’ as Crabbe, and in ‘Starship’ as Specs. All shows can be found on their youtube page.
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