JULIANNE HOUGH

It is a true honor to have the one and only Julianne Hough as our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week! If you are just like us, you have rapidly fallen in love with her while watching her countless appearances on movies and television shows. On top of being extremely lovable on screen, she’s a pleasure to be around in person. Julianne is not only remarkably talented but she works extremely hard, is truly passionate about every project she takes on, and is an absolute sweetheart!

Julianne Hough is an actress, dancer and singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer, known to audiences around the world for her success in film, television and music. She is a two-time professional champion and appears as a judge on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and has appeared in such films as “Footloose,” “Rock of Ages” and “Safe Haven.” She earned rave reviews as Sandy in the Emmy-winning live broadcast, “Grease: Live” in early 2016. She has her own line for MPG Activewear and is the face of Giorgio Beverly Hills Fragrances, too.

There is no doubt about it, Julianne is a triple threat. She continues to wow us with all her accomplishments. What makes this powerhouse even more special and inspiring to us is how much time she dedicates towards helping those around her and those in need. She is active in a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, charities and humanitarian efforts. It is so badass of her to use her platform to continuously spread positivity, love, and joy whereever she goes! Thank you Julianne for being such a beautiful role model, and for taking the time to share some valuable advice with our YGTGirls today! We truly appreciate you!

Photo by Ari Davidson. Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart).

Photo by Ari Davidson. Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart).

You share a lot about how important it is to have strong bonds with family and friends. How has having a strong support system helped you thrive personally and in business?

One of the most important things in creating a successful business and life are the people you surround yourself with. You become who you hang out with! The last 10 years that I’ve been in Los Angeles, I’ve really picked my close group of friends, and that has been wildly significant in creating my path. My best friends are people that I work with on a day-to-day basis. My assistant and COO of my production company, Canary House Productions, Kristy Sowin also happens to be my best friend. She always encourages my creativity and beliefs, but also keeps me in my place and challenges me to follow through. My hair stylist, makeup artist, and wardrobe stylist are my Glam Team, but so much more! They give me an outward confidence in how I carry myself, but also amazing friendships where I can be my most vulnerable self. I also have incredible friendships with people who aren’t in the business that teach me life lessons and always help me grow as a kind, strong, independent and thoughtful woman. And last but certainly not least, Derek! He is my sibling, my best friend, and my business partner: A Trifecta of Awesomeness. A lot of people say to never work with family, but I highly disregard that. One of the most fulfilling things I’ve done in my career was when Derek and I created our tour: MOVE Live on Tour. Our show isn’t just about being on stage and entertaining, but making an impact and inspiring everyone involved (the dancers, crew, production etc ), and of course our fans that they can achieve anything they put their hearst and minds to. 

Like many actresses and dancers that experience rejection and disappointment, you must have gone through lots of that as well. What do you do to stay motivated when you're faced with an obstacle?

Whenever I’m faced with an obstacle, I do my best to stay focused on whatever my goal is. Like everyone else, I’ve experienced rejection and disappointment in my dancing, singing, and acting career. It’s easy to get down on yourself, but whenever I see this happening I just remind myself why I’m doing this. What am I passionate about, what’s the greater purpose behind all of this? Have I been rejected before and then succeeded? Yes. So what’s stopping me from succeeding again :) 

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It's said that some of our biggest defeats end up being our greatest lessons and wins. Have you experienced this? Can you tell us about that experience and what you learned from it?

To be honest, I’m reiterating myself with the last question because I believe that everything happens for a reason. I’ve been so close, so many times, almost getting the role of my dreams. But because I didn’t get it, it opened up many other opportunities, such as the tour with Derek, which ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. Looking back at the dream role that I didn’t end up getting, it really wasn’t what I wanted to do anyway once I saw the final product. As my dear friend Tony Robbins says: "Life happens for you, not to you!"

Many young girls are incredibly inspired by you, not just for your amazing dancing and acting skills, but for your genuine, life-loving, go-getter spirit. What women have inspired you to live in this positive way?

All of my sisters! They just exude positivity. My sister Marabeth is truly one of those people who practices what they preach. She has a giddy and bubbly personality paired with a “can do” attitude, so there is literally nothing she can’t do! We always laugh in the family because she’s awake at the crack of dawn ready to go, seeking the next adventure. 

What advice would you give to your younger self?

To remember the purpose behind it all…when I was 21 I had achieved literally all of the goals I had set for myself (when I was 12 years old, I literally made all my goals). I went on a country music tour, had won Dancing with the Stars, and starred in feature films. And then all of a sudden it became less about doing what I loved, and more so about becoming “the best” or “the most successful”. I found that I was no longer doing it for the same reasons when I was just a little girl, which was to experience the joy in performing and inspiring others. So I would give my younger self a big hug and remind her to remember why you started doing it in the first place. 

What is a YGTGirl to you?

A YGTGirl is that inner voice wrapping her arms around you, supporting and encouraging you. And giving you the only guidance and trust you need.