Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Camilla Sims embodies the characteristics of the fish that inspired her artist alias, Convict Julie. A multidisciplinary creative, composer, producer, songwriter, and performing artist, she is a small fish in a big pond. Pairing her original music with original film and visual productions, her vision for music extends beyond sonic purposes. Meeting music with meaning, she uses many artistic mediums to express her personal and worldly experiences and perspectives of Blackness specific to the African-American experience. Specifically focusing on classical music, she is carving a unique path for herself as a self-taught classical composition and performing artist creating Black American and Afro influenced classical music, challenging academia and eurocentrism within the classical genre.