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          How Julia Michaels Went From Behind the Scenes to Center Stage

          Her story is the definition of inspiring.

          If you aren’t already familiar with Julia Michaels, let me give you a quick introduction. She’s written most, if not all, of your favorite pop songs, from Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” to Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself.” Oh, and you ever heard of “Issues”? You definitely know it. That earworm was Julia’s debut single.

          She’s obviously extremely talented, but only recently did she set out to become a star in her own right. “I never really felt much like a singer growing up,” she explains in the above episode of This Is How I Made It. “I was always sort of the writer in the family, never the singer.”

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          It wasn’t until Julia lost an opportunity to sing a duet that she realized she really, truly wanted to be an artist. She credits a friend from her record label for encouraging her to pursue her dream and eventually release “Issues.” Her anxiety, however, continued to challenge her as she began touring.

          I want to conquer my fears and control them instead of them controlling me.

          Luckily, a single performance changed everything. “It took one person, one day, in the audience, singing [my song], for me to just snap out of it,” Julia explains. “When they sang [along] with me, it was just like, ‘Okay, I’m not up here by myself.’”

          Now, Julia handles her anxiety by always looking for those people out in the crowd and singing along with them. “I don’t want to go through life being scared of everything, and I want to conquer my fears and control them instead of them controlling me,” she concludes.

          Julia’s new EP, Inner Monologue Part I, is available now, and catch her on tour this spring.

          Director: Jason Ikeler

          Segment Producer: Erika Trombley

          Videographer: Gigi Pena

          Editors: Andrew Garcia, Josh Archer

          Production Assistant: Jay Aguirre

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