Julia Stallings stops in to talk skeet and trap shooting.
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John Bartolo interviews Julia Stallings
John welcomes Julia Stallings to the show. He introduces her as the sorceress of shooting. Julia explains how she got into trap shooting, her shift from water skiing to shooting as a sport, her winning the nationals and finally getting into the USA team.
Julia talks about her doing trick shots and how the videos went viral. John and Julia talk in length about social media and how it should be used to our benefit. Julia also elaborates about the planning and execution of her trick shot videos.
Julia gives us a woman’s perspective of surviving in a male dominated sport. She also talks about her future goals and her journey toward it.
John thanks you for listening, and encourages you to share with your network. John requests you to leave a review in any of the platforms where the podcasts are available.
2:41—John thanks the sponsors before starting the show.
4:55—John introduces Julia Stallings as the sorceress of shooting and welcomes her to the show.
5:17—John asks Julia how she got into trap shooting. She begins by explaining the difference between skeet and trap shooting.
7:10—John asks Julia how she got so good at shooting and when she started the sport. Julia says that she was into water skiing from the age of four all the way to college. She started shooting and was coached by a guy who saw her talent. Very soon she ended up in the nationals and then into the USA team.
12:40—John asks Julia about sustainably making money and competing in shooting. Julia replies that all she really wanted was to compete with the best and get into the USA team.
14:33—Julia talks about how she set up her action plan to success. John makes a reference to the story of the Brad Pitt movie Moneyball.
18:20—John asks Julia about the point of time that she got sucked into the weirdness of the gun industry. Julia talks about how she traveled a lot in 2019 and just before Covid, a family friend who opened an indoor shooting range, offered her a job there. He taught her how to shoot a pistol and pushed her towards social media. The videos of her doing trick shots in a red dress went viral. She wanted to show the world that a lady could also shoot. She made a conscious effort to go outside her comfort zone, and she even got a gun company to sponsor her.
26:01—John and Julia talk about social media, how it’s being used today, and what is going wrong in social media.
37:53—Julia talks about being a girl in a male sport. She gives a woman’s perspective of being in the sport.
41:17—John talks about the manufacturers and their expectation of owning the athlete just because they gave them some gear. Julia feels that you have to be upfront and state your requirements.
47:34—Julia talks about her trick shot videos, the ideas for the videos, the time taken to shoot the videos, the angle of the videos, training required, time management, and camera work.
49:48—John asks Julia about safety during trick shots. Julia talks about balance, disclaimers, negative comments and practice.
53:30—John asks Julia about her future plans. Julia talks about her goals, her excitement to be in the quads, and to build the industry for the next generation of shooters.
1:00—John thanks Julia for coming on the show and he thanks his sponsors too.
23:08— “In tournaments I don’t get nervous. I get excited to compete because I am ready to perform.” Julia Stallings
24:50-- “You have to be different. Don’t fit into the norm. Get outside the box, in your own way. That’s the key.” Julia Stallings
26:48-- “Its really easy now in social media to be somebody, that no one really knows who you actually are.” Julia Stallings
29:03-- “There is a stark difference between the competitors and the influencers.” John Bartolo
31:16-- “In networking, you have to be willing to do two or three things for somebody before you ask for one.” John Bartolo
40:27-- “You want to hear it from the pros, but you also want to see the delivery in a way that’s new and exciting that it grabs your attention. This business is starving for fresh new blood and new people’s perspective, because we are tired of seeing the same old rinse and repeat of things.” John Bartolo
42:22-- “Just because you deserve something, doesn’t mean that you are going to get it. You have to actually take it.” Julia Stallings
42:29-- “Rule number one—Know your worth.” Julia Stallings