We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Sweet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, how do you think about risk?
I think taking risks, and more importantly, getting out of your comfort zone is extremely important. I think a lot of people find it very comfortable in their routine, their bubbles, which is fine, but I believe you do a lot of growing when you take risks. For me personally, I have always wanted to act – ever since I was little. There was a point in my life post college where I thought I was kidding myself and I would never be able to make acting a successful career. During that “down time,” being in my safe comfort zone, I was miserable! Every job I had, even if it was a good job, I just wasn’t ever happy. I always day dreamed about leaving and following my dream of acting. I would stop myself because it *was* a risk to leave something stable, something that gave me a good income, to pursue something that may not ever come to fruition. To possibly not have a steady job and to constantly be on the lookout for new roles, new gigs, new opportunities. I had to come to terms with if I didn’t break away and pursue acting, to take that risk, I not only would regret it, but I would always wonder *what if*? Take that jump, that big risk and leaving my jobs and pursuing acting has been the greatest thing I’ve ever done. I believed in myself and turned my dream into a reality. Taking the risk paid off and I am so thankful for that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I know in a large city like Los Angeles, I am one of many in the entertainment industry. I genuinely am thankful and proud of not letting that intimidate me and being able to pursue my dream of being an actor. It certainly wasn’t easy, as everyone knows the entertainment industry is pretty cutthroat and the numbers are against you, but the key really is continue to move forward, to not let the “no’s” deter you, to not let anything get under you skin, and to take every letdown and turn it into a positive, learning experience. I’ve learned to be very patient and to know success doesn’t happen overnight. Most importantly I’ve learned that with every bad experience comes a good one and to keep pushing forward.
I would take most any acting opportunity, but I’ve found I enjoy acting in horror is my favorite. In general I just absolutely love the horror genre and horror world. To be able to act in horror movies is the icing on my cake. One of the highlights I’ve had so far was to be a part of Fangoria’s reimagining of “Castle Freak.” I always loved the original and to be able to travel to Albania to be a part of that film was an opportunity I will forever be thankful for.
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?
We’re hanging in the Valley! I love Studio City, North Hollywood, Burbank, etc. There are so many cute shops, restaurants, bars, theaters in those areas and they have such an inviting, “neighborhoody” to them. I’d say we’d start there but of course at some point would have to make a detour to the Magic Castle! 🙂
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 would love to make a shoutout to my Fear PHarm family! In 2018 I filmed a movie called “Fear PHarm” and that was such a life changing experience for me. The cast and crew morphed into some of my best friends and we all formed this insane, loving and supportive bond for one another. We legit call ourselves the “Fear PHarm family” because we feel as if we are family. We all encourage each other when times are tough or when we’re not booking as frequently as we would like. We all show up for one another in the good and bad times, and we are always trying to help each other reach our goals. They were such a help when I moved to LA and they are all such kind and creative souls. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them!
Blonde Ponytail in sweatshirt – Dante Yore Green neon lights in bodysuit – Dante Yore Cheerleader – Rock Candy Photo Bloody axe – Still from “Cry Havoc” Cheerleader – Still from “Fear PHarm” Makeup – Aimee Kuge Arm around Neck – BTS from “Castle Freak”, Aimee Kuge