Beautifully Human / Julio Bernal



As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread strength, love, and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to Tacoma Park, Maryland with Julio Bernal to hear his incredible story...

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If you have ever met Julio you know the joy he brings to life. He gives amazing hugs.

His laugh and his attitude towards life is so enriching.

I met Julio working a show in Philadelphia years ago and we became quick friends.

I hope that you all have a friend like Julio in your life!

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Let’s all be beautifully human…

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Julio Bernal / Tacoma Park, Maryland


Tell me a story that shaped your life…


- Growing up listening to my parents talk to my grandparents and aunt and uncles about all the sacrifices they had to make just to come to this country and for a chance to get ahead in life and grant future generations something better. That has almost always help me make decisions about my life or my family....no matter the struggle always push forward.

Tell me a story that almost ruined your life…


- Getting a phone call while on vacation from a number I didn’t know telling me that they were with the police and that my younger brother was found dead and that I needed to come home asap.

Tell me a story that enriched your life…


- Don’t know if this counts but my mom would always tell me how life was back home for her and how all the war and fighting was tearing apart families and towns and And that she would always want to get away because she wanted a better life. My mother grew up in El Salvador during their civil war and came here shortly after it started when a good portion of the country migrated here to live behind the violence. I count myself lucky that my mother made it here and that I was born here she definitely went thru some hardships to make sure we (My brothers and sister) Had a better life then the one she left behind.

Tell me a story that enriched another life…


- Around the holiday season there are always lot of people asking for handouts and food or money and around my way I got to recognize the homeless and my wife and I always try and get them food and money to help them get by. One day my wife and I were walking home after watching a movie and see a gentleman asking for money and I tell my wife don’t give that guy anything I have seen him driving around in a nice car he isn’t homeless the other guys are. My wife said ok and then when I wasn’t paying attention she gives that same guy 20 bucks and I ask her why she did that she said at the end of the day I did my part and helped someone who asked for help. I wasn’t made but I understood...now whenever I bump into this gentleman he is always nice to her and watches out for her when she is out walking our dog in the park. Even those this man is better off then most he was still grateful that someone helped him out.

Tell me a story of crazy life…


- When I was younger and in school I was your quintessential bully. I would fight just about everyday, I would shake kids down for money all that stupidity. Looking back at it now I’m not proud of it at all but it was the crazy mindset I had growing up for some reason.

Tell me a story of hope…


- This one is easy ......its the day my daughter was born.

Everyone always says things about how things change when you have kids but that shit is all true. You see things thru a new filter and you become more positive for the future because you want to believe that things will be better if not for you then definitely your your offspring.

Tell me a story of life…


- I think back on my life sometimes and first wonder how I made it this far and two how grateful Iam to have made it this far because depending on certain life choices my life would have been going in a different direction.....and that’s if I was still alive because things were rough for me growing up. Luckily I’m still here enjoying this thing called life it ain’t where I thought I would be but its better than where I was.

What would you want the world to know about you…


- Definitely don’t judge a book by its weathered and beat up cover believe me there is some good stuff inside

What did / do you miss most during covid 19…


- Honestly I miss working, I miss my work family. I miss live music and all the challenges it takes to put on a show. I work for Live Nation so we would be busting our asses to get a show on stage almost everyday. Our great team would knock it out the park every night. I miss that so much hopefully we can get that back sooner rather than later.



What brings you the most joy / smile the most...


- Outside of my beautiful wife, my daughter and my boston terrier Jack....MUSIC!!!!! If I’m ever upset or even mad I just listen to music and it takes me to my happy place. During this whole COVID thing I would tell my wife I need to set aside some time to just lay down and cover my eyes and listen to music. It brings me so much joy it’s ridiculous.

If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere, where would you go…


- Honestly I hate flying its scares the hell out of me. I’ll do it but I’m a nervous wreck. If anyone ever gave me a ticket to anywhere I would first ask if there was any way I could have a second ticket and then I would tell my wife to pick anywhere she wants to go and I’ll go with her. She wants to see more of the world but she is also a workaholic Like me but that is something I would do I’m sure we would end up in Rome or Paris


What brought you to where you are at in life today…


- I was a wild child growing up always getting in trouble and such but then something clicked and I realized I needed more structure so I did what all boys who turn 18 do and join the US ARMY. One way or another I was gonna straighten out and get the structure I needed. So I did And no matter how much I may say my back my knees or whatever is causing me pain I wouldn’t have it any other way. ARMY leads the way HOOAH!!

What is your most prized possession…


- At the moment its these nice expensive headphones that I’m using to listen to music while typing this out. It’s whatever headphones I have moved onto at the moment as long as I can listen to my music.

Traveling is my life, and has also saved my life. It shows the beauty of other cultures. tell me a story of your favorite travel moment…


- I have been lucky enough to have joined the ARMY with my twin brother. As you may know when you are enlisted in the US military you do a lot of traveling (if you wanna call it that). I feel like I have seen a good portion of this planet with him next to me.  When they were sending soldiers from our unit to Egypt after 9/11 I volunteered and as soon as I did my brother did too. Then again when we were deploying to Iraq my brother was going to ship off without me because of a pre existing issues I have with my eyes. I asked to get a second opinion and a third because I was gonna make damn sure I was gonna be in that C130 flying high with my brother. I signed a lot of paperwork and made it happen. 

Tell me a story of struggle…


- Unfortunately at the moment I’m struggling with finding something to write here that has any meaning

In another life, what are you doing…


- In another life I would probably be a firefighter or a cop. It’s in me to help people out so I thinks that’s what I would be doing

What is your greatest accomplishment…


- I want to say I have two of them and not in any order but serving my country for 8 years and getting my honorable discharge when it was my time to leave the service and the other is that no matter how scared and nervous and unprepared I was I brought my daughter into this world and she is thriving and growing very well.

What is your biggest fear…


- Not living long enough to see my daughter reach her full potential. Not living long enough to bury my mother. Not living long enough to make sure my wife is well off.

What is your biggest regret…


- It’s not really a huge regret because I can still get it but I regret not having a Civilian driver’s license sooner. I can get around with no issues but having that opens up more opportunities and fun experiences

What do you do for work… and why…


- I work/ed for Live nation at the Fillmore in Silver Spring as the Head of security and Operations supervisor. I started out just doing basic security there because of my background in that department and then moved up to head of security after doing that for some years I wanted to do more and then got the position as Ops Supervisor. I enjoy everything I do there, EVERYTHING!!

Not just the security aspect of it but everything from Shoveling the snow in winter,  Patching up holes in the wall to mopping the floors. It bring me so much joy and pride to do what I do helping people enjoy themselves while meeting their favorite artists and dancing along to all the great music. Not to mention the great work family that comes with the great experience its just amazing.

What was your first tattoo...


- I don’t have any and it isn’t for the lack of trying. When I first joined the Army and went to Ft. Leonard wood I had a weekend end pass and paid the tattoo artist money up front to put a elaborate black dragon on my arm so I could start a sleeve. But as luck would have it the weekend I was supposed to go get it I got in trouble with the 1st SGT and he canceled my weekend pass for the the following few weeks. every since then I had tried but something would always happen and I would never end up making it to my appointment sadly. There is still a chance I’ll get one tho, fingers crossed!

If you had the ear of everyone in the world, what would you say to them...


- Everyone has a story everyone is struggling with something lets be more mindful of that and be more considerate. It doesn’t matter if you are black or white or brown or neon green we all breath the same air and we are all entitled to feel safe to be loved and to be happy however we see fit as long as it isn’t hurting any one or breaking the laws. Let’s lift each other up not because we have to but because we genuinely want to.




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