Julie Levac: Today’s Notable Young Professional

Julie Levac is a singer whose voice has allowed her to travel the world, hitting stages from Paris to Dubai. Recently, she also competed in Quebec’s ‘La Voix’ – not an easy feat considering she was nine months pregnant…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I’m a singer! For the last 15 years I’ve been singing professionally all over the world (Paris, Dubai, China, Hong Kong, and the US). I sing in bands, duos, and musical revues, and I also do the national anthem!  

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I always wanted to be a singer but didn’t think I had the voice. Then one of my friends, who is also a singer, told me to sing. I was playing piano in a show with her and at the finale performance I did it –  sang with her – and magic happened. I knew then what I wanted to do. Today, my company is me and my product is my voice.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part is providing people with a good time, to forget their problems for an evening, free their minds and enjoy themselves. The most challenging part is that the show must go on! Even if I’m tired or sick, I have to be on stage and look happy. People who come to see a show don’t pay to see a tired singer.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Still singing! I would also like to produce my own musical revue.

What does success look like to you?
For me, success is to be able to make a living singing while being a good mother and wife; to find the balance while doing it all.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
In the past year I was chosen to be part of the first edition of “La Voix” (Quebec’s version of The Voice). I made it to the battles round while also nine months pregnant. I gave birth nine days later. It was very overwhelming and exciting to accomplish two big events in such a short span of time.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Work hard and follow your heart! Listen to yourself and your instincts. Music is a business, but it all starts with a passion. 

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support The Alzheimer Association. It’s a terrible disease and it took my grandfather. It’s terrible for those living with it and the families and friends that must see their loved one losing their abilities and memories. It’s hereditary and we don’t have a cure yet!

Describe your ideal retirement: how old will you be and how do you plan on spending your retirement years?
Retirement is not a word I know! When you do something you love, you don’t plan on stopping. A nice retirement for me will mean that I will sing for fun, not because I have to.

What are you looking forward to most about retiring?
Singing for fun. Having time to travel with my husband and watching my children becoming parents themselves.

What to you is notable?

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