Julie Holmes is a New York City-based life coach. She lived in Sacramento, Calif., before moving to New York in 2000 to work as an actress and personal trainer. As an actress, Holmes performed in national tours of shows, including “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” She is 38 and lives in Astoria.
1. Why did you switch careers?
I got to a point where I just felt like … I wanted to do something that was more meaningful and had more purpose, so that’s when I decided to start life coaching. I was kind of already life coaching a bit with my personal training clients ... and I really enjoyed it.
2. What are some pros and cons of your new job?
Starting your own business is always challenging but really that’s the only con and I think the pros far outweigh the cons. The pros: I get to make my own hours, I’m my own boss, I’m helping people. I just feel, like, a greater sense of contribution and that’s priceless.
3. Do you wish you had gone into this career originally?
No, because … I had to go through the acting — the audition process is grueling and it really took the love out of acting for me, and it’s hard to go and audition every single day and be rejected and have that be your job. And then personal training, there are challenges like getting clients, and I had to grow a lot as a person through all of those experiences.
4. What is a challenge you experienced in life and how does it help you give advice to your clients?
I’m legally blind, that’s been one of the huge struggles for me because I can’t work a regular job, I couldn’t go in for cold readings, have a script thrown at me and just read a script like everyone else. … I’ve had a lot to overcome because of that, and I know what it’s like to be discouraged and to have to surpass your limitations to get what you want. It’s not correctable with glasses or lenses and there’s no surgery for it.
5. What is your favorite part of life coaching?
I love to help people combine their strengths with their passions and develop small businesses. … I feel like the job market is really bad right now and a lot of people are suffering and I just don’t think people take what they’re capable of doing and apply it to their lives to benefit financially.
6. Is there an aspect of your new job that is more difficult than you expected?
I kind of carry people’s lives with me at all times. Even when I’m not having a session with them, I’m constantly thinking about how they can improve their lives. … I get so emotionally involved and excited for the people that I’m working for that it’s on my mind constantly.