We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Emslie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Passion. People come alive when they find a subject that they are passionate about. Whether this evolves into a personal project or becomes the drive which ignites a new business, I can sit and listen to anyone who can teach me new skills or convey information with joy and excitement. The reason I launched my business, Primetime, was through listening to the women within Time’s Up UK and ERA 50:50. I was so fired up by their passion that it inspired me to find and use my own voice and add it to the collective efforts to make the Entertainment Industry fairer and more representative. I have a strong sense of social justice, and the ability to hyperfocus on subjects that interest me, which thanks to the incredible women who have come before me, was able to be channelled into launching a global business at Cannes Film Festival even though I am an Actor who had never worked in tech before. Passion often begets action; as much as I like talking, I much prefer action. So those who use their passion to make the lives of others better, I am endlessly inspired and moved by.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a British Actress: a RCSSD graduate with a Masters in French an Arabic, so not the most conventional career path, and have worked on projects such as Downton Abbey, The Theory of Everything, The Frankenstein Chronicles and 12 Monkeys. I have always been highly driven and hardworking, and know that many of the challenges I have overcome have been as a result of 1. knowing myself better, and 2. finding and surrounding myself with people who understand me. As a deeply private person (who also has an ability to spontaneously overshare information with complete strangers), I am still working on revealing my voice authentically and finding a way to communicate it to the outside world. Within the freelance sphere, there is an ongoing level of instability in the paths we have chosen. I like clarity and being in charge of my career, and so running my own company allows me to take ownership over one part of my life. The most empowering thought which I find comforting, is that everyone has their part to play in making change happen. So whether on a micro or macro level, every person can decide to make a change in their lives which will empower themselves and those around them. If this can be achieved in even a small way through Primetime and my work with Time’s Up UK and ERA 50:50, then that is how I would define success; it keeps me going. When members phone me up to tell me they’ve booked a life-changing job, I’m the one sobbing on the other end of the phone. Collective joy and the desire to see other women succeed has the power to change the status quo and cultivate sustainable change.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all the women at Time’s Up UK and ERA 50:50, without whom I would not have had the confidence to be where I am today. To all our Industry Friends, without whom the Industry would be less inclusive and supportive – couldn’t do this without you all.
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