I just saw the film JULIE & JULIA (2009), which for me whipsawed between being exhilarating and excruciating to watch. In the movie two women characters (Julie Powell and Julia Child) go through “an artist’s journey.” Both of them will become published writers by the end of the film.
I don’t know how close the film actually mirrors the lives of Julie Powell and Julia Child, so I’m going to just focus on the characters as portrayed in the film.
The Julia film segments whizzed by, and I enjoyed them immensely. However, the narcissism and whining of the Julie character got so irritating that I had to pause the film several times during Julie segments to do something else.
I ended up concluding this film provides terrific contrasting examples of how to act and how not to act as an artist.
Just for fun, here’s:
Top Five Things I Learned from Julia in JULIE & JULIA:
1) Master your craft. Find the absolute best teachers and classes you can.
2) Keep doing and submitting your work, even when it feels hopeless.
3) Don’t whine. Take action.
4) Have a personal life as well as your work. Don’t take love for granted.
5) Aim for being world-class in your work. The worst that will happen is you won’t reach that level, but you won’t know how far you can go until you try.