We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucy and Julie Atkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucy and Julie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
We both grew up near the beautiful medieval city of Norwich, England. Even now, after living in America for many years, we are still influenced by the history, culture and people of the area in our work. We draw on this regularly, most recently when we created videos about Norfolk ghost stories for Halloween! We moved to Arizona at separate times after marrying our wonderful American husbands, and now, most of our content is about our experiences and culture shocks as Brits abroad. Our perspective is always filtered through the lens of people who grew up in the rural, green suburbs of Norwich, which provides an interesting and vibrant contrast to our new home in Arizona!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Getting to the point where we now run a monetized YouTube channel has not always been an easy road, but it has been a fun one!
I (Lucy) have always loved being creative, especially through the performing arts. I attended a drama school in London named ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts). There have been fewer accomplishments more rewarding and (to be honest) challenging than training and working as a professional actor. It is an industry where every facet of your being is analyzed, then either chewed up or exhalated. It tests your mental strength to the very limit, but it can also be incredibly gratifying and fulfilling beyond belief. I am very proud to say that I completed my training, and work in such a remarkable field.
I (Julie) studied business and my career was in Local Government and Libraries. I also ran my own aerobic dance classes for over 20 years, and really enjoyed helping to make a difference to people’s health and fitness levels. I particularly enjoyed choreographing routines for class and for various live performances.
We both decided to start a channel together to extend our creativity and to challenge ourselves to learn new things (and it was a BIG learning curve!). More than that though, we wanted to empower ourselves to be creative in our own time and in our own way; to be our own bosses and to march to the tune of our own drum.
Growth can be slow on YouTube, but all the while we were building our audience and connecting to our subscribers, we were also growing as people, and that is the biggest accomplishment for us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since most people who would visit us would be from the UK, we would love to do things that are typically American that they may never have done before, such as go to a baseball game at Chase Field, or visit the most famous landmarks like The Grand Canyon or Sedona.
When living in Tucson, Julie loved to take guests to Vivace, a wonderful Italian restaurant in the Catalina Foothills, and drive up Mt Lemon for a picnic.
Now that we live in the Phoenix area, it would be great to take people on a tour of Taliesin West, which was the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school. Lucy also happen to perform plays in the unique theatre there with Southwest Shakespeare Company, and it would be great to take guest to a performance!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would love to thank our husbands, Roger and Ryne, who support us unconditionally, contribute to our work and who believed in us from the very beginning.