We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Pyne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emma, why did you pursue a creative career?

Because nothing else feeds my soul. I have to create! I’m just not good at doing things that I don’t like.

I’m an actor and writer and believe me, I’ve done all kinds of jobs to support my artistic life over the years, but I literally start to die inside if I’m not being creative.

At the beginning of the pandemic I started sewing again, (Many moons ago, I went to art college and majored in Fashion) I did a class in collage, I started baking and I turned into an awesome cook. (so says my husband) It was a steep learning curve though…. I once put a pizza in the oven with the cardboard base still on it!

Creating really is the best medicine for the soul. All through the pandemic, I’ve continued to write and take acting class to keep the muscle working. There’s nothing I love more than truthfully serving a story that needs to be told, bringing a character to life and being a conduit for their story. I recently played a woman who went to prison for ten years and missed out on seeing her daughter grow up and it just broke my heart, because I know this kind of thing happens all the time, and even though I don’t have a daughter I connected to this woman and her story and I felt her pain, because as humans we are all each other’s stories.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

Well every week is different! As an artist / creative person the most important thing for me is following my heart and trusting my gut. I’m doing what I love to do and no, it’s not easy but I just can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I think anything that’s worth having is hard work.

Challenges have turned up in many forms and I think they always will, but I don’t see them as a bad thing. They can be a gift – particularly the really awful challenges – as they go straight into your actor’s toolbox and when you know where a particular pain or grief lives, you can access it again when you need to for a role. I can access my emotions really easily – I cry at commercials – something my husband loves to make fun of me for.

In a town where not so long ago a woman was past her sell by date by 35, I’m honestly excited about getting older and I’m proud of the woman I’ve grown into. With age comes wisdom, grace, guts and a sh*t ton of stories. It takes most women a while to become self possessed – something that only comes with age and experience. Loving who you are as a human – that took me a long time to do but now I’m there. And when you really learn to love yourself it’s unconditional; I’m good at self care, I forgive myself easily, I always do my best, I behave with integrity. I really feel I’m just coming into my own now and the best is yet to come, so I’m excited about the future.

I heard the actor Thomas Jane say once, “It’s only when you take the car apart, you realize the car was perfect all along.” That was one lesson I learned through experience and sadly it’s not a lesson that can easily be taught, but the one thing I would love to say to younger actors is: “Know you are enough. You are perfect exactly as you are. Just do the work, stay the course and keep your feet on the ground. Don’t believe the BS (the bad and the good)” Sadly the dichotomy is, many actors go into this profession because they didn’t feel seen or heard as children (I am the second child) so the self-love thing takes a while.

I’m all about creating my own work. I really admire women like Sharon Horgan, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Michaela Coel who wrote amazing groundbreaking TV shows (Catastrophe, Fleabag, I May Destroy You) all because they weren’t seeing roles for themselves and I think their writing has become a movement. Look at how much edgier TV writing has become because of these brilliant women who did it for themselves.

I created a solo show called ‘Confessions Of A Catholic Nymphomanic’ which was due to open on March 18, 2020. Ha! I had spent more than a year and a lot of money on this project. So, obstacles? Hello, COVID! But then I realized it was the writing of the show that was my real catharsis and now I’m planning to do the filmed version soon and I’m in talks with a theatre company who want to produce it.

As an artist, you just have to keep going, you have to keep creating, keep sharing your work in the hope that it will affect someone in some small way – or a big way – so that they will know they are not alone. That is the real goal of what I do. If by sharing my story, I can help you know you are not alone, you are not a fuck-up, you are not disgusting, shameful, or any of those other labels your culture, religion or family has put on you, then that is what I am here for.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

So if a friend was visiting LA….  post COVID now that things are open again, where would I take them?

Definitely a hike to the Hollywood sign, that’s always exciting for tourists. Then a trip the Griffith Park Observatory.

LACMA is always thrilling – I’m so glad it’s bacl open again. Take in some beautiful art, then the wonderful Friday night jazz and we would take a picnic and some wine and sit on the grass and listen to the music and make new friends and hug them goodbye!

Oh and Cinespia at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery. My husband and I have had some great dates there under the stars. Definitely take a trip Downtown to Gladys Tamez’s studio to buy a fabulous hat, handmade in LA. www.gladystamez.com I love her hats! I have several. Great for keeping the sun off and for a glamorous bad hair day.

After that we would sneak into Soho Warehouse, for a rooftop poolside cocktail. We would definitely have dinner one evening at La Traviata in Long Beach, near where we live, and brunch at Belmont Brewery also in Long Beach. Long Beach is the best of the beach cities in my opinion. It’s cool, cosmopolitan and eclectic and you can walk everywhere. We would go for long walks and bike rides on the beach.

We would take a day trip to Malibu and have lunch at Dukes and dinner at The Sunset on Zuma Beach. We used to love to go to Giorgio’s at The Standard for a dance but sadly the hotel became a casualty of COVID.  And we would definitely check out some live comedy at The Comedy Store, The Improv and The Laugh Factory here in Long Beach. Also The Comedy Chateau in North Hollywood is full of new talent and well worth the trip.

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?

The biggest shout out goes to my wonderful husband Daniel, my number one fan, my scene partner for life, and for self tapes! The pandemic really brought us closer together. It made us realize we don’t need anything but each other. Our wedding in Ireland was canceled due to COVID so we ran off to Vegas and tied the knot on 11/11/20. (I made the bouquet and headdress) Then about six weeks after we were married, he was diagnosed Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymphatic system, so is currently having chemotherapy. Life throws you some curve balls but even though it is hard right now we are laughing as much as possible, finding the joy in the little things and staying grateful wherever we can. Staying creative is also helping me through this!

I want to give a big shout out to Christine Horn www.christinehorn.com and to Amy Reece www.amyreecestudio.com who have been two of my greatest teachers, mentors and supporters. I’m all about women helping each other and these ladies are two of the greatest.

To my women friends, who raise me up and give me strength every day. I have found such a great group of creative women and I really am so grateful to know that they will always have my back. Julia Clancey has been keeping me in glamorous masks throughout the pandemic. I don’t think there could be a more appropriate mask than this “Potty Mouth” one to cover my mouth! They come in black too and are available at www.juliaclancey.com

Website: www.emmapyne.com

Instagram: @emmampyne

Other: http://www.imdb.me/emmapyne

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