An actress, dancer and artist, Juliana Tyson Kissick has an impressive résumé
Actress Shelley Long, most well-known for her role as Diane Chambers in the TV sitcom Cheers, has one child: a daughter named Juliana Tyson Kissick.
Juliana is the daughter of Shelley and Bruce Tyson, a securities broker. Shelley and Bruce got married in 1981 and had Juliana on March 27, 1985, before divorcing in 2004.
Now 38 years old, Juliana is married with a successful business and a list of creative endeavors on her résumé. She even followed in her mother's footsteps with a few acting roles.
From her stationery brand to her family, here's everything to know about Shelley Long's daughter, Juliana Tyson Kissick.
She grew up in California
Juliana grew up in California with her parents. According to her LinkedIn profile, she attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles, and then studied theater, dance and fine arts at Wesleyan University.
From there, she minored in theater at the University of South Carolina, where she also did an interdisciplinary thesis program on gender studies, religion and international relations. She eventually moved to San Francisco, where she now resides.
She owns a stationery brand
Juliana’s most successful endeavor of late is the high-end stationery company she owns, Good Juju Ink. It was founded by her in 2014 along with her husband Ryan Kissick and friend Marina Lieban. An award-winning company, Good Juju Ink aims to spread positivity and “good juju” through illustrations.
Juliana taught herself the art of illustration and graphic design by studying digital illustration on Pinterest every night for six hours each night for two years, according to her bio on the Good Juju Ink website.
“Once I decided that greeting cards and stationery were the perfect way for me to marry my love of art with my love of writing, I decided to use Pinterest as a means of teaching myself about the world of graphic illustration,” Juliana explained in a 2019 interview with the blog She’s So Bright.
Some of the inspiration to start Good Juju Ink came from her mother, as well as Juliana’s childhood love of writing letters. “My mom traveled a lot for work (and often worked very late hours), so phone calls were difficult and writing letters was a great way to stay connected when she was gone,” Juliana told She’s So Bright.
She went on to say that she used to love going through her mother’s stationery and greeting card collection. “To this day, letter writing and card-giving maintain the most giggly, magical and poignant place in my life,” she added.
Her nickname is Juju
Although her full name is Juliana, she most often goes by her nickname, Juju. Though it didn't come from her mom!
According to her bio on the Good Juju Ink website, this name was given to her "when her 1-year-old sister decided it was the only logical way to pronounce her name," indicating that Juliana has a younger half-sister.
It stuck, and it even became part of the inspiration for the name of her company, Good Juju Ink.
She is married
Juliana and her husband, Ryan, got married on Sept. 28, 2015. According to their wedding website, the two met when they were just 3 years old, living as neighbors in Pacific Palisades, California. They eventually became close childhood friends, despite going to different schools.
Twenty years later, they met again at a bar in Santa Monica, California while at a birthday party for a mutual friend. A year later, they ended up going on their first date, which ended with Juliana coming home to tell her friends, “I just ate mac and cheese with the man I’m going to marry!”
Juliana and Ryan got married at the Ashford Castle in Ireland after visiting and falling in love with the spot two years prior.
The couple also work together – Ryan is the head of business development for Good Juju Ink. In an interview with the blog She’s So Bright, Juliana said she likes working with Ryan, saying, “I’m just so dang proud of how we’ve been able to evolve as life partners while also evolving as professional partners.”
She even explained to the outlet that working together has had a positive impact on their marriage.
"Being able to calmly and productively listen to your partner, especially when you strongly disagree with their point of view, and then move forward with a reasonable compromise is something you have to get really, really good at in business if you want things to go anywhere. And our marriage has only benefited from our ability to get better at this invaluable skill," she explained.
She’s a mom
While Juliana keeps her family's life behind closed doors on social media, her Instagram bio says “Josephine & Caspian’s mama,” indicating that she is also now mom to both a son and a daughter. However, her social media account is private, so there are no photos to see of her growing family.
She has done some acting
Perhaps inspired by her mother’s work in Hollywood, Juliana did dabble in the acting world. She graduated with a degree in Theatre from the University of Southern California and in 2008, made her television debut with a role on the CW’s show Privileged. She played the character of Victoria Taylor in an episode of the show.
In the years since, she has appeared in TV shows including Victorious and Awkward Universe and has had a number of other screen roles, including in 2014 movie Cry Now and The Etruscan Smile in 2018.
In an interview with the blog She’s So Bright, Juliana said that acting was always part of her overall love of storytelling, explaining, “acting was a way to put myself in other people’s shoes, a way to really imagine what it is like to live inside the circumstances of another human being.”
She’s a dancer
Before starting Good Juju Ink, Juliana was a dancer. She is a multiple Ovation-nominated choreographer and even founded the Boom Kat Dance Company in Los Angeles.
In an interview with the blog She’s So Bright, Juliana said the company was “a narrative-based dance theatre company,” explaining, “we wanted dance to serve as this universal language by which we could tell the world’s stories without the barriers of dialect.”
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