Young professional finds opportunities in Georgia’s entertainment industry

Julie Quach has had a number of roles as an extra, yet one opportunity stands out among them: She gave an actress a manicure in an episode of “Dynasty,” a reboot of the classic series that is produced in Georgia.

post hair & mu for ksu orientation videoFor Julie, a first-generation Vietnamese American, the experience combined her new world with her family’s business — Nail Xpress, a Marietta nail salon founded more than 20 years ago by her parents.

“I grew up in the nail salon business, and here I was playing a manicurist on a popular television series,” says Julie, who also works as a production coordinator. “That was pretty surreal for me.”

As a young professional, Julie’s blending her passion for the film and television production industry with a variety of opportunities that come with living in the heart of one of the most popular production locations in the industry.

Born and raised in suburban Atlanta, Julie’s determination to make it in the entertainment industry started in high school. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she joined the production side of the business in 2015. Starting as a production assistant, she’s since taken on bigger roles as a production coordinator. Depending on the size of the project, she finds herself coordinating between crew members and the client. With some productions, she’s hiring rental equipment and cameras.

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Her passion for on-camera roles stays strong. In addition to “Dynasty,” she’s had the opportunity to be an extra in “Vampire Diaries,” which filmed in Covington until the series ended in 2017, and “Step Sisters,” a Netflix comedy released on Jan. 19, 2019.

“I’m in a great place to build a career in the entertainment industry,” says Julie. “There is so much opportunity in Georgia, and my hope is to keep learning and keep getting opportunities.”

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