I was born in Dallas, Texas to South African parents – what? No accent. My South African accent merged with my Texan drawl to form my Standard American English dialect (yes, that’s how it’s done). I’ve got two younger sisters and a psychologist for a Mom and a civil engineer for a Dad; hence, my type-A, meticulous, discerning personality (no typos EVER)
We moved to La Jolla, CA when I was 15, and I went to La Jolla High School where I acted in school plays and was the founder of the Freestyle Expression Club (don’t ask… actually, yes, ask! I would like to resurrect it one day). I went to undergrad at USC (Go Trojans?!?) and started doing stand-up as a result of a USC stand-up competition that had no comedienne’s enrolled in it so I thought it ’bout time to represent.
After graduating, I moved to NYC (my soul-sister city) where I did stand-up, theater, on-camera acting and voice-over work full-time…eventually. I paid my acting dues as a cocktail waitress at Birdland, personal assistant, executive assistant and, of course, cigarette girl. Once I felt established and happy, I thought, hey I should uproot myself and start a bi-coastal life. Did that for a few years and now, I’ve planted my roots in LA. Now, I spend my time doing voice-over, improv, writing, hunting for flea market treasures, meditating and Mom-ming.
I obtained my Bachelors in Theater while at USC, and also got a Minor in Film, all in less than three years (see – I told you I was type A). I’ve also studied with the T.Shreiber Studio, The La Jolla Playhouse, Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop, Lesley Kahn and more. I have been through the whole program at Upright Citizens Brigade to the point that they call me Advanced. I also completed the whole program and was on an improv team at the NERDIST. As for voiceovers, I’ve taken classes with Elaine Craig, Kalmenson and Kalmenson, and Voiceovers Unlimited.
Voice Over Career
I’ve been paying my bills as a voice over actress since 2006. I voice commercials, animation, radio imaging, promotions, narration and audio books. My client roster includes: Dreamworks, Sundance Channel, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, Rockstar Video Games, Mastercard, Audible and E! (among others).
I have been acting in theater since I was six years old and won a competition playing the Mom of a 16 year old (did I mention I love winning!). I have done numerous short films. I play Colette McLeod in Sx_tape, a film directed by Bernard Rose (“Candyman”) and produced by Stephen Schneider (“Paranormal Activity”). You can also hear me as the GPS in “Boxing Day” – a contender at the Venice Film Festival 2012 and in “Frankenstein,” starring Xavier Samuel. A while ago, you may have seen me on an episode of “Rescue Me.” I’ve done a commercial, or two as well.
I’ve graced the stages with my alluring wit at Caroline’s on Broadway, The Improv, Standup NY, The Slipper Room, The Underground Lounge, NY Comedy Club, Ha-ha Cafe, and The Ice House. I also perform improv around greater Los Angeles.
Not only do I write my stand-up, but also I have written numerous sketches, one play (“It’s a Wonderful Sex Life,” unveiled at the Manhattan Theater Source) and one screenplay (lascivious details coming soon).
On top of my many careers in entertainment, I am quite experienced in the world of improv. After completing both the regular and advanced program at Upright Citizens Brigade I was also on the house improv team at NERDIST and completed their program as well.
Although I am very educated on the art of improv, my true experience is reflected throughout the work I have done on many independent improv teams as well as the performances I have done at venues across Los Angeles for over five years.
View my resume here: Julie Marcus Resume
Or my extremely in-depth resume here: Julie Marcus Resume