Owner, Roaming Hills
YNPN Phoenix Communications Committee Volunteer
YNPN Phoenix is lucky to have many partners in the Valley of the Sun, but there is one in particular whose work you know really well, but perhaps you’ve never met. She is the talent and hard work behind so much of our branding, graphics and digital art – Julia Hill. Julia is the owner of Roaming Hills, a freelance writing and design company. We thought it was high time we brought her out from behind the scenes and into the spotlight.
How did you get involved with YNPN Phoenix?
It all started with a mixer! A friend and colleague had recommended the event and organization, so I came by, had a great time networking and got to talk to members and leadership on the board. I’d been looking for a volunteer opportunity where I could offer what I was best at – graphic design – and some way to get connected with the community, so joining the communications committee for YNPN was a great fit (and I was ready to sign on by the end of the night!).
What are you passionate about?
People. As an entrepreneur that took a leap to align myself with my values, I’m passionate about inspiring and connecting with people who want to express themselves, whether that’s through creativity or advocacy or whatever else makes you tick. The professional and personal relationships I’ve made are the most important thing to my business, and to me.
What brought you to the world of freelance work in design and writing?
I’d always loved these fields and worked at them for over five years in digital marketing roles, but I was ready for a change that gave me the schedule flexibility that fit my lifestyle best, so I could prioritize my own time to travel and work on personal creative projects, like my artwork and a book series. I had no idea if it would work out! Stepping away from a full-time job was scary, but I just hit the one-year mark in June and it’s going better than I could have imagined.
What is your advice to someone who wants to start freelancing?
It’s OK if it feels like you have no idea what you are doing at first! I had mentors, podcasts and friends say the same thing – it will take you trial and error to figure out what’s working and what isn’t, but you WILL find your niche. My other advice is to lean into your network, or build a new one – I was so humbled by how many contacts I kept from past positions that wanted to work together after I’d stepped out on my own, and the great relationships I’ve made through YNPN.
What organizations/people/companies are killing the game in design in Phoenix?
I love the outdoors and am obsessed with companies like State Forty Eight, DSRT & MTN, and Keep Nature Wild that celebrate our environment and pride in where we live through design. The makers community here is amazing and I’m glad to have met so many awesome vendors through consigning at Gather PHX and shows like 6th Street Market in Tempe.
What work are you most proud of?
I especially love projects where I get to illustrate. Here are a few of my favorites.
Where can we find your work and how can people contact you?