We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Grace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by people who forge their own path, while maintaining their integrity and kindness. I love authentic truth in the form of storytelling and performance, especially the people who create their own projects.
Storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have to connect with one another, to challenge the status quo, and to evolve. Yet the entertainment industry can be such a toxic place. I’m inspired by people who say, “Fuck it, I’m gonna create my own thing,” who make projects they care about in a healthy and respectful environment. Who turn their most painful experiences into art that has a positive impact.
No one should have to trade in their mental health in order to achieve their dream. I love being a storyteller, and a consumer of stories, especially the ones created by good people.
What should our readers know about your business?
I was inspired to start my business out of my own frustration as an actor. After landing the lead role in a film that went on to win a Special Jury Prize For Emotional Truth at Sundance, I thought my job was done. I had proven I had the goods as an actor and it was just a matter of time before the industry would be knocking down my door with offers to be the next It Girl.
Which of course didn’t happen. In fact, nothing happened. I had landed that film from my own hustle, and after starring in a Sundance film, I couldn’t even get an agent to represent me.
It was incredibly frustrating (not to mention devastating), but it became clear to me that I had no idea how the business actually works. And I think so many actors fall into the same trap that I did – thinking that talent is enough. That once you book that big break, your work is done.
That does happen to some people, but I had to learn the hard way that it’s the exception, not the rule.
That inspired me to figure out what I was missing. And as someone who loves to share what I’m learning with other people, starting a business to help actors was inevitable.
My business has gone through many evolutions, from helping actors treat their career like a business, to building their own buzz, to creating relationships with people who can hire them, to the current version: learning how to write and produce their dream role.
Every version of my business has been inspired by the same goal – to empower actors to take their success into their own hands, so they can stop hoping, praying and waiting for the industry to pick them.
This year I’ve developed two amazing courses that I’m proud of, and the work my clients are creating is new, exciting, and tailored to their unique strengths.
My program Write Your Dream Scene teaches actors how to put themselves on the map for the kind of role they were born to play. So many actors get stuck at the co-star level, or the industry only calls them in for a fraction of what they’re capable of. Write Your Dream Scene is a way for them to dip their toe into writing with a super tangible result – a powerful scene they can self tape to show the industry what to do with them.
The second program is the Short Film Lab where we learn…how to write a short film. (So on the nose, I know!). This program is my absolute pride and joy, and I love seeing my clients go from idea-in-their head to a finished script that they can move into self-production. The scripts that have been developed through the program are deeply personal, incredibly unique, and incredibly well-written.
What sets me apart is I have experience as both an actor and a writer. So I know exactly what my clients go through, and the kind of overwhelm that may have kept them stuck in the past. I love helping actors (or anyone who wants to write a short film) empower themselves to create their own work and put themselves on the map.
Too many actors think they have to wait for permission from the industry to do what they love. I’m here to help show them how to take their success into their own hands.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a homebody at heart so it has to be something really enticing to get me out of the house.
Here are few of the things I would recommend:
The Palm in Burbank – super friendly small neighborhood coffee shop, with good coffee and amazing gluten free chocolate donuts. Yum.
Go Get Em Tiger in Larchmont – good food, good coffee, and a cute little place to get some writing done
Wine tasting and cool architecture:
Barnsdall Art Park – they have wine tasting nights where you can bring your own picnic, taste some wines, and tour the Hollyhock House. It’s a beautiful piece of architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A great place to catch a gorgeous sunset looking out over LA.
Catch a show at Echo Theater Company – a great supporter of new voices, they always have something exciting going on.
Plant Food and Wine – amazing vegan food. Non-vegans will be happy! This food is incredible, innovative, a meal to remember. Walk down Abbot Kinney or down to Venice beach after to check out the local shops and eclectic art murals everywhere. Sadly a lot of the charm of Abbot Kinney is transitioning into corporate chain stores, but there are still some cute, funky shops to be found.
Yamashiro – a beautiful spot with unique Japanese architecture, and amazing view of LA, great drinks at the Pagoda bar, and a weekly farmer’s market. This place is rich with Hollywood history and a very unique place.
A drive up the PCH is a must. Zuma beach on the off-season is a great place to visit on a full moon to catch the sunset and dance in the moonlight.
The Getty is a must. So much to see and do. It’s a staple of the Los Angeles arts community and worth the trek.
Union station is beautiful, with 100’s of films having shot in this architectural gem.
I guess it’s all about the food and coffee for me, with some architecture for good measure!
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 have been influenced and encouraged by so many people along the way, I honestly don’t know where to begin. So I’ll choose the most recent:
My amazing and talented writing mentor Olivia Cuartero-Briggs who has given me confidence in my writing and incredible tools to create projects I’m proud of
My business coach Dallas Travers who has not only shown me how to run a good business, but how to be a person of integrity and kindness with my clients