Name: Emily Afton
Current project: My current project is finding a new project! That's the reason for getting new shots, and now these pics will make everyone want to give me a job. (That's how it works, right?)
Website: I should work on that...
What makes you happy: Music. Anything I can sing along to. Seeing live music. And just singing. All the time. Being with people I love. Sunshine. Yoga. Dogs. Having something creative to work on every day.
What is something you want to tell people but it sounds real douchey of you: Oh jeez, this is hard! I feel like I never want to sound like that so I sort of put those things out of my mind. I have pretty high standards, so I don't know if there's anything I honestly feel like I have the right to brag about... I was a National Merit finalist in high school and used to do a lot of academic competitions- does that count? I always got really high test scores and graduated at the top of my class. But my younger brother (who skipped a grade and ended up in my class) graduated 1st in our class (I was 2nd), and my other brother got a perfect score on the ACT and near perfect (2380) on the SAT, so they got the bragging rights in my family But that's something that people might not know about me because I'm so far away from that world now. I've forgotten everything I used to know about math and science!
What are you afraid of: Now this is getting deep. Umm... besides like dying alone? I guess I'm afraid that my career isn't moving along fast enough. Everyone has a different path... but I'm seeing people younger than me accomplishing things that I've been working for, and I'm like “am I getting too old for this?!” Thank goodnes you helped me look young and hip in my new headshots
What are you wearing. Right. Now. Go: A sheer pink and gray leopard-ish print shirt, black chunky cardigan, high-waisted jeans, and brown boots.
I say: Childhood. Summer. You say: playing in the backyard with my brother and my cousin in our above-ground kiddie pool.
Wish you had the guts to: You aren't kidding around with these questions! Let's see... I guess a dream of mine has always been to be a recording artist. Or at least have my own music that I could perform as a singer-songwriter when I'm not doing musicals. I don't know if it's because I “never had the guts”, but that's a part of it, because it takes a lot of bravery to write music. I've never been able to let my guard down enough to lose the censor in my head and write from my heart. Also I never took the time to get really good at an instrument. So I sort of dabble in that world sometimes (doing demo recordings and singing back-up), but if I were braver I might have taken that route earlier in life, rather than choosing theatre, which was a little easier for me.
Working with EMMA: Well, I'm hoping the way it will change my life is that now I'll be putting my “best face forward” for auditions. A headshot can make all the difference in whether or not someone wants to call you in for something. So the hope is that people will see more of my true essence in these shots, and I'll get called in for the kind of projects that I would be really excited to work on. Then it's just up to me to deliver in the audition. The experience with EMMA was great. The studio is lovely, she played great music, and I felt like I could trust her to do good work, which helped me relax. She's also my friend and a super cool person, so it was really fun to have that time to catch up and talk about life. Headshots can be super nerve-wrecking, and have been slightly traumatic for me on more than one occasion. I would say these are definitely the best batch of pictures I've ever had taken. I always struggle to find just one picture I actually like (who likes looking at tons of pictures of their own face? Ugh). But I feel like this time I got a few that I can decide between, rather than just taking the one that I hate the least