We had the good fortune of connecting with Emir Horton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emir, how do you think about risk?
One of my favorite songs that I have in my motivation playlist is Entrepreneur by Pharrell and Jay Z. There’s apart of the song that says “You gotta risk it all. Or they’ll be lots of things you’ll never see”. That phrase is so true. It’s going on three years already since I moved to Los Angeles, and the experiences and rooms that I have been exposed to blows my mind. I always knew I’d end up where I am now, but the progression had to be met with risk taking. The majority of the risks that I have taken in life ended up working out in my favor. Risk taking is scary and I don’t believe that it was designed to be comfortable. But without it, you could be holding yourself back from new heights.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have two opportunities that I am most proud of in my professional life. Most people who have been following me knows that I landed a job at Warner Bros in four days of moving to LA. My plan in my moving process was to find a job in a month at a retail store. Warner called me a week before my flight and expressed their interest in scheduling me a day to come on the lot for an interview. Part of the interviewing process involved an audition and they gave me a week to prepare for it. I nailed the audition and was hired on the spot. That was my first time on a major studio lot and the beginning of me believing that there isn’t anything on this earth that I cannot do when I put my mind to it.
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.
If I’m being honest, I am still trying to find my favorite restaurant in LA. I’m not fan of the food options here. If a friend was coming to town I’d definitely take them to the beaches and take them on a Warner Bros Studio tour. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
n I am fortunate to have family and friends who have been supporting me and my endeavors since day one. However, I have to dedicate my shoutout to Jesus. I grew up hearing about the abundance and goodness that you get when you’re in alignment with God’s will but it wasn’t until He moved me away from everything that I knew where we began to grow our relationship. It has been a complete faith walk since I moved to LA because there is no direct path in this business. Immediately upon my arrival here I rooted myself in a church that I was introduced to a few months prior because I felt that they carried something that would be able to mold and sustain me.
Aside from sustaining me while struggling in the very early stages of my career, having Jesus as an advocate who is constantly in my ear has provided me with wisdom on how navigate this city and industry. It often feels like it’s every man for himself in show business. But it is His comfort and our conversations that reminds me that I do not have to choose my career over my faith and can indeed have both. It was God who told me to move away four months after college so I look at it as Him being responsible for me. So far He continues to protect me and blow my mind. If anyone deserves my recognition it is Jesus Christ. He has yet to fail me.
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