Julie J. Fitzsimmons (aka Jules) has been working as an independent Casting Director in Toronto since 2004. She has earned an outstanding reputation for not only identifying great talent from within the professional ranks, but also for finding hidden gems who have little to no experience and molding them into great on-air talent. Her finger is on the pulse when it comes to finding colorful guests for reality shows - one terrific example being Fanatical’s Father Jim Paisley from Scranton PA with his rectory covered in I Love Lucy paraphernalia. In addition, Julie’s expansive experience ranges from break dancers for Adidas, to Sumo wrestlers for Stride Gum, to the typical “family next door”. Through her long-term relationship with the MuchMusic Creative Department, Julie has successfully met challenges with several unique and obscure castings that qualify her for any conceivable opportunity. As well as Much Music, Jules is also associated with casting for The W Network, Discovery Chanel, CTV, The Score Network, SportsNet as well as many more. Her work has played a role in over 20 award-winning promos, including multiple Promax Awards, a Gemini nomination for guest hosting with Daily Planet, as well as a Gold Remi for On-Screen Talent and Television Series/Comedy Ed’s Up. Most recently Jules was a jury member for the 2010 Gemini Awards.
The Why We Ink project is in his memory. He encouraged and inspired those around him and was the most caring and genuine person I’ve ever known. I only hope to make him proud with Why We Ink and in his honor continue to help those in the journey and help them feel less alone. I love you and miss you so much!