Julia Mercado Julia Mercado is a freelance writer and podcaster in Queens, NY. She was a 2021 Summer Associate at Real Simple. She found her way into writing as a high school mentee for Girls Write Now. In college, she contributed to her college's HerCampus page, eventually becoming its editor-in-chief. After her 2020 graduation, she started a movie/TV blog called Alternatakes. She is currently a talent coordinator for Hearst Magazines. About Real Simple Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.