As an actor, my journey has been a winding one. I am definitely not the “I’ve known since I was five I wanted to act and my family moved to Hollywood so I could pursue my dream.”
It’s more like this
8- year-old Emily: I love acting and singing!
But I don’t think I am good enough so I’ll do fashion because I am good at that and my Dad works in the fashion world.
But then, I auditioned for every play in school, took a children’s improv class at 10. Was in 7 out of 8 productions in high school (took a semester off to concentrate on SATs). Auditioned for every play and musical in college. Got into some semi-improvised shows at Oberlin and finally felt like I had “made” it. At least, in the small Obie pond.
But then, as planned, went to fashion school after Oberlin while continuing to take improv classes at UCB.
WhenI graduated from Parsons with an AAS in Fashion Design I heard the commencement speaker say, "You are all doing what you really want to do in life," I knew that it wasn't true. I loved acting too much not to at least try. And I had never given myself the chance.
I started taking class at HB studio but I focused my energy on improv and sketch comedy. It seemed somehow "easier" to "make it" in these communities. I was still too afraid to really proclaim myself as an actor. And then finally, after being on a Magnet Sketch team where four of my sketches were produced, several indie improv teams (one of which was in the semi finals at UCB Three on Three) but not getting into higher levels at UCB and Magnet, I realized I wanted something more. The silly unpredictability of improv was super fun but wasn’t nourishing my soul. I wanted something deeper. I took a break from improv and focused solely on acting. I found a teacher I loved, Caymichael Patten. I worked with her to hone my craft, as they say. To learn what works for me as an actor.
I recently spent a year and fourth months with The Seeing Place, where I was in two productions, and two readings, learned how to fundraise and put my film editing skills to use for their promo video.
The projects I am most proud of are my music video “Addicted to the Internet” which has over twenty-two thousand views on YouTube, my role as Harriet in Boy Gets Girl, and directorial and theater-producing debut this fall putting up Game of Thrones AF(an all female staged reading of the unaired pilot of Game of Thrones.)