Film Director & Writer:
Sylvia began her career as an actress and joined the Screen Actor’s Guild. Her first attempt at writing, producing, and directing won her the first place Telly Award, and soon after her company, DreamWeaver Films, was launched. Sylvia’s recent short fantasy film, Dorme, has been shown at over 34 film festivals worldwide- premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival and winning several national awards, including another Telly and the Kids First! Quality Children's Media Award.
Gail began her lifestyle modeling career when she and her granddaughter both participated in a Julie Nation Showcase and signed with Models, Inc. Talent Agency, where they have both been active ever since. She has experience in print, runway, and commercials for various companies including Wells Fargo. Active in her community, Gail facilitates interview/resume skills workshops sponsored by the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, and has experience teaching at the Women's Business Center.
Capri took her very first class with Julie Nation Academy at the age of 7. With the experience she gained from the Children's Modeling & Acting Program, Junior Modeling Troupe, and Julie Nation Showcase, she soon signed with Models Inc. Talent Agency. Capri has competed in numerous pageants, has experience in print work, voice over and commercials, and has walked the runway for Fashion on the Square-San Francisco, JCPenney, Catwalk for a Cure, Oakland and Sacramento Fashion Weeks.
Jessica Katelynn Clark
Jess is a hairstylist/makeup artist that specializes in camera ready looks. Her cosmetology career was born out of her experiences as an actor which started at JNA. While attending the acting program at the Academy of Art she stepped in as a makeup artist and fell in love with helping others get into character. She then graduated from Cinta Aveda Institute and Blush School of Makeup in SF. She frequently works on photoshoots and films, and also styles hair and makeup for Style Bar in Greenbrea.
Guest Self-Improvement & Modeling Instructor:
Marie has a rich background as a professional model in San Francisco where she became one of only three petite models cornering the Bay Area market during the 1980s era of supermodels. She has appeared in print ads for American Airlines, Sharper Image, Nordstrom, Volkswagen, Weinstocks, as well as walking in several fashion shows for Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Gap. Currently, she is pursuing a BA in Exercise Science and a certification in Kinesiology.
Guest Workshop Instructor:
Gerardo is the owner of Cali Kicks Martial Arts Academy in Santa Rosa. He is a certified fitness instructor and a member of both the USA Olympic Committee and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. With on-camera experience and an extensive dance and martial arts background, Gerardo actively engages Julie Nation students in performing arts in both English and Spanish.
Guest TV & Film Acting & Adult Program Instructor:
A veteran actress, Maurine’s film career as an active actor has spanned 17 years, including being a regular on the sitcom series “General Hospital” and guest speaking roles in numerous TV shows. She has provided professional instruction at Pepperdine University and UCLA. Maurine provides the adult and senior citizen the inspiration and guidance to pursue career opportunities, as the mature adult is sought after in today’s advertising culture.
Women’s Self-Improvement and Finishing Program:
Maureen is a Principal of Merrill Communication Consulting, a motivational speaker, communication seminar and workshop leader, a former elected city council member, an entrepreneur, and a community leader. As she states, “My passion is to help participants find and express themselves through confidence in personal presence, effortless communication, and clarity of message and purpose.”
Director of Children’s Modeling & TV Program:
Kaela first took courses at Julie Nation Academy when she was 7 years old. Through her training Kaela signed with Boom! Models & Talent and has been a model in fashion shows, a promotional model, and was featured in a national ad campaign. She has held titles including Miss Sonoma County’s Outstanding Teen 2012 and Miss Northern California 2014. Kaela has a passion for theatre and is currently a college senior majoring in Communications and Media.