Jul’s life as an escort did not start until her later years, after one of her son’s was diagnosed with Autism. At that time, Juls had been working in Corporate America, she was a wife, a mother, and upwardly mobile. She describes the moment the doctor told her that her son would have to be institutionalized and how she made a decision that it would never happen. Juliet Capulet, changed her whole life. She quit her job and became a special education teacher learning everything she could about autism, and started a journey that only a handful have ever had to make. When her son turned 16, she looked around and realized just how much her life had changed. Her marriage a shell, her career; now in Special Ed, and herself. Well, she hadn’t taken a moment to think of herself. Juls had done what so many have not been able to do and yet it had cost her the world that she had previously known. Her son was functioning, in school and even taking a bus by himself; she was alone and wanted to live again.
In the beginning “American Courtesans” was nothing more than a series of questions loosely structured and an idea to morph those questions into a film. However, there would be no film if no one would be willing to talk, a much more challenging idea that I let myself entertain. I began to put a list together of women who I wanted to contact, women who I thought would be outstanding examples of true professionals; Juliet Capulet of San Francisco was at the top of the list.
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