A post all about myself? How could I ever pass up this opportunity?
Hello readers, allow me to formally introduce myself. My name is Julianna Mitchell and I am going into my freshman year at Chapman University in Anaheim,CA as a screenwriting major. However, I’m from somewhere world away from Anaheim, a small town on the Pennsylvania and Ohio border called “Beaver County.”
Beaver County, in the nicest way possible, it’s the absolute strangest place on the planet. On one side there are the preppy suburban kids, and across the way live the rednecks, down far into the boonies. But don’t get me wrong, Beaver County is actually such an amazing place. I mean, where else can I get Mexican food and frozen custard at the same time?
Where I’m from is a huge part of my identity, and has served as an inspiration for all of my music, film, art, and writing. The people I’ve met and the situations I’ve encountered are the stuff of legends, and after experiencing so much I knew I had to get these stories out there. So, I fell in love with screenwriting.
The one thing you should know about me is that movies are my everything and my happiness. I cannot remember the last time I went a day without talking about a film. For me, movies have always been an escape, a safe place for me to just let go and be transported into an entirely different world. Yeah I know, it’s cheesy but it’s true. One summer, I watched Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy around four times in a single day to relive a burst of depression. I hope to write and make movies that give people like me that escape and that solstice.
Aside from being surrounded by corn and loving movies, there is one more thing you need to know about myself. It’s that I am totally, utterly, and absolutely obsessed with one thing:
I don’t know what got me addicted, or what made me start to love these glamorous beings but what I do know is that this love actually defines me. You see, I identify as a straight woman. But drag has taught me about accepting everyone, and has shown me that the LGBTQ community is so welcoming and kind. Growing up in a primarily conservative town, drag was something that was in no way accessible to me, and was something extremely frowned upon. However, I was always different for some reason, and I always accepted anyone regardless of their skin tone or religion or sexual orientation. My obsession with drag isn’t just a funny quirk, it is a real life representation of everything I aspire to be, and what I hope to see in everyone else.
I’m so excited to share my love for frozen custard and tacos, movies, writing, and maybe even some drag queens with the world. I hope to make you laugh, feel, smile, and provide and an escape for you to come to.
You stay classy, world.