We had the good fortune of connecting with Em Persico and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Em, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I have a lot of baggage with the word “success.” There is no straight path to success as an artist. I took it upon myself to define it for me, which is to make art that I like to consume and to make opportunities for my fellow artists. Winston Churchill once said, “success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” which I keep in mind when I try my best to keep momentum and enthusiasm for all of the projects that I believe in and want to make.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am very proud of my podcast, “Artists w/ Em” and my House Show that I produce and host. I bring on all types of artists like clowns, musicians, stand-up comedians, and filmmakers. Everyone is involved with my House show because many types of artists perform and filmmakers help produce and film it. These are the same people who I interview on my podcast and we talk about growing up as an artist, intersectionality, and queer issues. It was a long time coming before I got to this place of success. I dealt with severe bullying in high school and before, I struggled with my gender identity all growing up, and I had to make a lot of changes after college to get my mental and physical health on track. I have found that the best way to overcome these challenges is to find a community of people who can support you in your life and artistic pursuits. Sometimes you need others to believe in you before you can.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to eat in the city. If my friend was visiting, I would love to go to La Brea Tar pits, spend most of the day their and then go to Carousel on Hollywood Blvd for dinner. The next day I would totally find a clown show to see, like Clown Zoo on Wednesday at 12:30pm at the old zoo in Griffith park, afterwards I would go to my favorite ice cream shop, Salt and Straw, and get a scoop of honeylavender in a waffle cone. Towards the end of the week, I would be sure to bring them to the Fonda theater to see a live show. Just thinking about these places makes me happy! Yum!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It may sound cheesy but, my parents Yvonne and Chris Persico, have been my biggest supporters and cheerleaders. They have always supported my crazy artistic pursuits with music lessons, art supplies, and going to every performance. Even now they fully support my production company Emico Productions, by letting me host House shows in their backyard.
Other: Other Instagram Accounts: @artistswithem @emicoproductions Podcast: https://artists-w-em.simplecast.com/
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