Beyond Mom Interviews

Julie Young

Founder of DreamMaker3D and TIDE Film Festival


Beyond Mom Julie Young is a lawyer turned nonprofit executive. She is the Founder of DreamMaker DreamDoer DreamSupporter, inc (3D) a non-profit company that provides resources, connections and inspiration for creatives, and nurtures future leaders. Programs of DreamMaker3D include the TIDE Film Festival, a festival that highlights movies written, produced or directed by people of color and The Phenomenal Girls Club, which fosters learning, leadership and friendship for girls of color. She is the creator, producer and host of the web series Not Your Average for Julie is the creator and co-producer of $6.99 Per Pound Podcast. She serves as Board Chair for and as an advisory Board member of Nazdeek, a human rights and legal training organization. The TIDE Film Festival takes place November 9th-11th- for tickets click here!

“I am most passionate about helping those who feel unseen to be seen. I am an adoptee and my experiences as an adoptee have shaped everything I do now. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger.”- Julie Young

What makes you a Beyond Mom?

So many things make me a Beyond Mom! As every mom knows, time absolutely flies once you have a baby. They grow up so quickly! It’s important for me to be a good role model for my son and daughter. To that end, I believe it’s important that they see me having a life and identity, in addition to being their mom. While the mom aspect of my identity ranks at the top, I am also a Founder of a nonprofit organization called DreamMaker3D. I’m a lawyer, a producer, a sometimes writer, a wife, a sister, a friend, a volunteer – so many aspects  that make me a “Beyond Mom.”

What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a mom?

Truly, every part of me has grown and expanded since becoming a mom.

Do you have a Beyond dream that you are pursuing?

Yes! The nonprofit organization that I founded DreamMaker3D provides resources, connections and inspiration for creatives and nurtures futures leaders. We are about to launch a new film festival for filmmakers of color called The TIDE Film Festival! The inaugural TIDE will take place November 9-11th in Brooklyn. The festival has been one of my longtime dreams.

What relationships and activities help you stay connected to yourself?

Shadowbox class and yoga are my weekly therapy! And my relationships with my son and daughter and husband, constantly make me self-reflect on how I can be a better person in the world. All of this helps me stay connected.

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that you live by?

I have a few but lately my favorite is self-authored, “compassion over everything.”

What causes and topics are you most passionate about right now?

I am most passionate about helping those who feel unseen to be seen. I am an adoptee and my experiences as an adoptee have shaped everything I do now. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I do this through DreamMaker3D. In addition to The TIDE Film Festival, another signature DreamMaker program is called The Phenomenal Girls Club (PGC) and it’s a leadership, learning and friendship club for girls of color between the ages of 7-12. The girls get to meet with women of color guests who are doing amazing things. Sometimes we go on field trips to the PGC guest’s office or workplace. This gives the girls an opportunity to learn and connect and, importantly, to see themselves in the women. These experiences help the girls understand that they can be anything they want to be.

How do you think we can change our culture from one in which a woman is expected to be a “perfect mother” to one in which she is encouraged to discover and explore her evolving self?

Stop looking at social media! Haha, no social media can be a necessary evil. It’s a great way to get messages out to a wide audience but it can also cause all of us to play the comparison game. We’ve got to stop comparing ourselves to others. We are enough. This is so hard for moms, especially, to remember as we run our households, our businesses and our personal lives – all while looking totally put together and amazing! That’s a lot of pressure! Let’s stop trying to keep up and instead support one another with kindness and compassion.

Favorite go-to’s for:

Beyond Food (what do you cook & where do you go locally?)

I love to cook when I have time. I was brought up in an Italian/Irish household, so I can make a mean lasagne or eggplant parmigiana! But when I’m not cooking or ordering from Sweetgreen, you can often times find me at Jongro in Ktown, eating the best Korean BBQ!

Beyond Content (Books & Podcasts)

The last so amazing, couldn’t put it down, book I read was Pachinko by the fabulous Min Jin Lee. My favorite podcast is “$6.99 Per Pound” because I’m the producer! But I also absolutely love the podcast by Michael Gervais called “Finding Mastery.”

Beyond Style

Huge fan of 3.1 Phillip Lim but also black sweats!

Beyond Workout

Obsessed with Shadowbox and love Abhaya Yoga in Dumbo.