We had the good fortune of connecting with Emi Morell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emi, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Art has always played a big role in my life. My parents were both ballet dancers working in Musical Theatre in Lublin, Poland. From the earliest age I was surrounded by this magical world of kings and queens, fairies and other characters swirling around on stage. For a little girl being able to see all of that from the backstage it was something breathtaking and hard to forget. I couldn’t imagine my life being anything other than that! I graduated Music School, playing violin, viola and piano and decided to start my Hollywood adventure with acting, directing, photography and filmmaking. Art has many different forms. I’m still exploring them one by one and oh how I love escaping to this unknown, boundless fantasy land..
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I’m on set or behind the camera that’s where I’m the happiest. I couldn’t imagine my life without constantly creating something new, working on new projects, collaborating with new artists. That’s my fuel. I live by a term that “anything and everything is possible”, so if sometimes there are some bumps on the road I take it as a challenge not a discouragement. Quite frankly, I believe that’s where the art arises – where there are problems, is where I become more creative and engaged. I wound’t want it to be easy, ever. I’ve learned to always take chances and never give up. Most of my work has an avant-garde flavor. I take very individual approach to each project and trying to always bring something fresh and exciting. I love color RED in pictures, it ads a bit of a danger and boldness to it and it always looks so good on everyone and everything. Directing a music video is always fun because every artist is different, every song is a new story with endless ideas to tell it. In film, I like pre-set, very stylized images, fantasy world – very far from the reality we all know and got used to. It is such an unlimited land of possibilities. I want to work hard, be the best director, or should I say “directress” I could be and always create, create, create!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA is a very special place. There is a variety of different people, places and things to do, you can literally find anything you want. I think it takes time to discover what you really like here and not just follow the main stream. I certainly have few favorite spots I found in this city. I enjoy coffee at Zinque on Melrose or Intelligentsia in Silver Lake. I like to dine in and hang out in Toca Madera, Musso and Frank Grill, TAO, Perch, Mama Shelter, E.P. & L.P., 71Above in DTLA, Beauty & Essex, bar at Chateau Mamont but also like to explore new places. Beach is one of my favorite places to relax and collect my thoughts (secret El Matador in Malibu is breathtaking!). I also like to escape to the desert. Joshua Tree, El Mirage Dry Lake, Guadalupe Dunes are gorgeous and the drive is just wondrous. Go and explore!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was always very grateful for all the amazing people in my life. My family, my friends, my teachers back in my music school, then acting and film school. Artists such as Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Testino had a big impact on my photography. In film I always admired creative minds of Tim Burton, Guillermo del Toro and Wes Anderson. There is just so many people, books, movies that moved me, inspired me and encouraged to take action and follow my dreams!
Sergio Arguello (for main picture)