Q & A with Julie McQueen
Julie McQueen and Daniel Lee Martin, owners of Backstage & Backroads Productions & hosts of Brotherhood Outdoors on Sportsman Channel, started their 8th season in January 2016.
Full Name: Julie Ann McQueen
Birthday: June 29, 1982
Hometown: Tonkawa, Oklahoma
Relationship Status: Married to Daniel Lee Martin
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Book: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Favorite Hobby: Hunting / Shooting
Favorite Food: Backstraps
Favorite Beverage: Whiskey
Pet: 2 Dogs
Pet Name: Banjo (Bulldog Mix) Cello (Yellow Lab)
Favorite Game Animal: Mule Deer
Personal Strength: My Persistence
Personal Weakness: Carbs
What is your fondest childhood memory?
As a little girl, I asked my Mom for a dog. She got me a baby goat instead. (We didn’t live in the country.) I loved it like it was a dog for years.
It taught me to make the best of any situation.
How do you like to spend your downtime?
I spend my downtime working. (I know, that’s so boring!) I run a company, and I love being creative. My free time is spent either educating myself or working toward goals.
If you could use three words to describe your personality, what would they be?
Adventurous, Creative, Humorous.
What is your greatest life aspiration?
To contribute to society in some great way, to inspire others through my hard work, and to make people smile.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself giving even more of myself and my talents to the world. Contributing to society, taking kids hunting, giving back to people who have been through hard times. And, most of all, I see myself in the great outdoors enjoying nature.
JULIE'S LIKES & DISLIKES
1. Dogs (almost all dogs)
2. Bugling Elk
3. Good Books
4. Cleaning Guns
5. Tattoos (I have many)
2. Fast Food
5 FACTS ABOUT JULIE
1. I have a phobia of eating or drinking things that are the color blue. I have no idea why.
2. I earned my pilot’s license when I was 24 years old. I studied aerobatics (trick flying maneuvers) for 2 years until I had a near-crash experience.
3. I moved out of my family home when I was 16, and started my first company when I turned 18.
4. I grew up without television in our home. This is why I still read and write often as an adult. I don’t like to watch TV.
5. I stand 5’11”, but I didn’t play sports as a kid. I’m the least competitive person you’ll meet, and I’ve never liked organized sports.
What are your current endeavors?
For the past 5 seasons, I’ve been co-hosting and co-producing the television series “Brotherhood Outdoors” on the Sportsman Channel. The show keeps me busy year-round because I’m in charge of the details and planning ahead of each episode, all of the production guidelines and organization, getting everyone to where they need to be, and also being a part of the show and being a good host. Aside from that, I co-own the production company Backstage & Backroads. Sure, we produce Brotherhood Outdoors, but we also do a lot more than that.
In the past year, we’ve stayed very busy as a growing company. We produce network stunts, commercials, product review videos, short films, and many other things. Every one of my days is filled with either being in the field filming, or being in my office working as a producer.
My work life is balanced perfectly with my family life because we all go on the road together. My husband is my co-host and co-owner of the production company. Our two dogs go everywhere with us and get to be a part of almost all of our adventures!
As if all of that isn’t enough, I’m also enrolled in college to complete another degree in Psychology.
How did hunting start for you?
My love for hunting started from my love for fishing. Being outdoors was important to me growing up, mainly because we didn’t have television. We went camping and spent time outside, but I’m not from a hunting family. I began to love fishing in my teens, and then I became curious about hunting. Without anybody to introduce me, or to educate me, I started reading books and magazines about hunting. I wanted to study it so that I could do it on my own. When I was in my late teens, I borrowed a rifle and got permission to hunt on some property. That was my first whitetail season. I ended up harvesting a really nice old buck that year, and I was alone when I did it. I sat on the ground between two trees, and I just pulled the trigger when he walked by. I didn’t know what an accomplishment that was! It was blind luck. And that’s when I fell in love with the process. I became obsessed, and I started studying even more and spending every free moment in the woods. I’ve been bowhunting for about 15 years now, and I still get that same feeling in my gut every time. It’s a lifelong type of love, and my only regret is not falling in love with it at a younger age.
Who is your role model/who do you look up to?
I have a few people whom I admire in different ways. I’ve always been independent, so I wouldn’t say that I have an actual role model.
But anyone who knows me would definitely say that I look up to Daniel Lee Martin, who is also my husband. He’s brilliant. He possesses some of the qualities that I wish I had. And I think that when we marry someone whom we can honestly say that about, then it just elevates us to a new level.
We make a great team, and I admire his work ethic. I know that, without a doubt, I wouldn’t have been this successful without him on my team.
In our industry, I also admire some of the other ladies who have careers similar to my own. I’m sure a lot of people might think that there is jealousy or competition, but that’s not how it typically is. I admire ladies like Jana Waller, who happens to be a close friend of mine. She does great things for conservation, and she is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I admire Kristy Titus because she really has her act together. If I was stranded in the wilderness, I’d kinda want her there with me. She’s just a brilliant outdoors woman. And there are a few others who I look at as great role models for our younger generations. I’m proud to be grouped into a category with them.
What made you decide to take up a career in the hunting industry?
I wouldn’t actually say that I chose this industry. I feel like it almost chose me in a way. It kept coming back to me in ways, opening doors and leading me down this path where one day I woke up and had a brilliant career in an industry that I’ve always respected. Sure, it took a lot of hard work. But I wasn’t working to see my face on television. I was working to spend my life hunting and fishing and creating things. I think that when you follow your heart for the right reasons, it all comes together if you make wise choices and work your butt off. One thing that I’ll always believe is that longevity in this industry won’t typically come to those who just want to see their face on television. You need to be in this for the right reasons; because you respect wildlife, you love conservation, and you want to introduce or educate others to this beautiful and wild world. There’s a big difference there in the reasons behind chasing the dream, and I know that I had the right intentions.
What rewards and struggles do you find yourself face-to-face with in your everyday life?
To people who follow us on social media or watch us on television, it might look like we have fun every day and do nothing but hunt, fish, and travel to the most beautiful parts of the world.
In reality, I run a company and this is a business. It’s a full blown production company that’s grown to be pretty successful, and I also host, produce, write, revise edits, script, book travel, organize our schedule, research outfitters, research public land, read laws on different states and what’s required for us to hunt or fish there, and many other things. Sometimes it’s a struggle to balance it. When it looks like we’ve shown up somewhere and we just get to go fishing, there are typically 100 hours of work that happened before we ever picked up a fishing rod.
I wouldn’t change a thing about it, but balancing our personal life with this professional life can be a struggle. I’m just lucky that the other 50% of my company belongs to my husband. We make a great team, and we pick up the slack for each other. We find time to have a relatively normal life in between the chaos. And then we get to share that journey with our fans. It all comes together nicely in the end, but it’s a lot of work.