About Me – The “Jul” in Jultap Productions
I have always been one of those creative, type-A, perfectionist, up-at-all-hours self-proclaimed nerds who sees life as something between a term paper and an exciting musical adventure. As a child, I alphabetized my book collection, fashioned doll clothes out of tissue and tape, recorded radio shows with my best friend on my purple boom box and transformed my cardboard playhouse into a time machine (specifically a TARDIS for all you Doctor Who fans). During my enigmatic teen years, I spent my free time and summers writing poetry, choreographing routines for my dance trio Tappers in Street Clothes and managing a homemade doll business (this is no joke—I sold over 50 dolls!).
By the time I was in college I realized my dream of becoming a famous dancer was probably not going to happen, so, of course, I set my sights on television! Armed with two TV internships, two years of freelance production work, and this great black suit with large mirrored buttons, I landed the job of dreams at The Oprah Winfrey Show. I settled into a nice place on the Audience Team and grew with it till the end of the show. There I booked and managed massive audiences in the studio and other locations, maintaining that 5-star customer service protocol. I wrote on-air and online plugs to attract and book specific audiences. And then I really started utilizing all that crazy creative energy and my nerdy acuity for data collection to drive the creation of an online audience registration tool. I basically became the liaison between the Audience Team and the online department of brilliant people who designed and built the system. I couldn’t write a line of code but I could communicate exactly what we needed in logical terms and from the experience I learned so much.
Left to Right: Dance Recital 1982, Midwest Emmy Awards with mentor Nicolette Ferri, The Sports Bar Show Crew and John Farley, The Oprah Show Check-In with Teresa Aguilera, Oprah Show event with Sally Lou Loveman, ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE host Val Warner, Mother’s Day with Gabriel 2017, Dave and Julie out dancing 2019
Top to Bottom: Dance Recital 1982, Midwest Emmy Awards with mentor Nicolette Ferri, The Sports Bar Show Crew and John Farley, The Oprah Show Check-In with Teresa Aguilera, Oprah Show event with Sally Lou Loveman, ABC 7’s Windy City LIVE host Val Warner, Mother’s Day with Gabriel 2017, Dave and Julie out dancing 2019
After my career at The Oprah Show ended, I seamlessly took a position initiating an immediate action business plan for organizing the audience booking process for WLS’s new local morning talk show, Windy City LIVE. After two fun years there, I left to be a stay-at-home mom to my first and only son, Gabriel Gershwin. Sometime after those sleepless infant nights and drowsy baby days, I started working with my first client, Sally Lou Loveman (formerly my supervisor at The Oprah Show).
Since then, I have successfully taught myself my way around WordPress, Photoshop, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Canva, Convertkit, etc, etc. I have helped numerous clients with their online presence from branding and email campaigns to graphics and website builds. I especially enjoy supporting brilliant business women who are making their beautiful marks on the world. In my free time (as if!), I am usually sewing clothes, dancing or creating an adventurous life with my husband and son.
Junior Consultant & Photographer
Julie knew she was in “trouble” when a certain 3-year-old insisted that he needed yellow socks to match his yellow shirt. And the time he went up to a collection of paint chips for the bathroom and proceeded to toss aside most of them saying, “no, no, and no!” Or when a few years later, the same mini designer was brought to tears over his parents’ color choice for new siding on their house because he was convinced it would look terrible. (Yeah, he was absolutely right and the color was changed.)
This year, during the first lockdown of the pandemic, Gabriel decided he needed to learned PowerPoint and Canva. So, let’s just say, we have added him to the Jultap Productions team.
In his free time, Gabe enjoys dancing, Taekwondo and building with Legos.