Today we’d like to introduce you to Emma Millett.
Emma, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a 22-year-old student and entrepreneur. I come from a large family in Mesa and have spent most of my life there. Currently, I am going to school online and eventually will graduate with a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Health Science with an emphasis in trauma. When I’m not working on my latest big project or job, I am usually doing something musical – sometimes it’s all the same thing. I’ve produced and directed multiple symphonic concerts and performed in various capacities, both vocally and instrumentally. I also produce and host a dating podcast called Singled Out, and am the co-owner of Real Talk Productions, a small media network with a current focus on podcasts. I have a degree in psychology and am endlessly fascinated by the human mind. I love to travel, write, sing, create, play the piano, laugh, bug the people closest to me, and spend time with all my friends’ kids, most of whom I have lovingly brainwashed into calling me, Auntie Em.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have studied in my own life and the lives of those around me the power that we have to turn our own mind against ourselves, and I have watched the willingness of the human race to do so. What I have also learned is that we have the power to do the opposite as well. I don’t think many people actually believe that, though many claim that they do. I think we have invented rules for ourselves and created a reality in which we can not question them. But it is an understood reality, not a permanent one – in other words, it’s a mindset. The actual reality is that we CAN question those rules.
We simply choose not to.
I’ve been particularly bothered by women’s treatment of themselves and other women in this capacity. We don’t question whether or not we’re supposed to be pretty or skinny – we just are. We don’t question what our dependence on makeup does to our relationship with our own face and identity – we just wear it. We don’t question whether or not it’s actually “better” looking – it erases flaws, so it is. We don’t question the quantity OR quality of negative discussions or comments with and towards OURSELVES – we simply participate. We don’t question the authenticity of our representations of ourselves – if it’s the “right” answer, the one people want to see or hear – the one WE want to see or hear – we give it, and we support it.
Most importantly, we avoid asking ourselves the hard “why’s”: WHY do I think this? WHY do I use this pattern? WHY do I behave this way? I think we are afraid of the answer. I think we’re afraid of what we’ll find out about ourselves at the very core. I think we’re afraid that in those layers we’ll find stretch marks, scars, freckles, wrinkles, etc. I think we’ve convinced ourselves that it’s not necessary to ask the “why” questions as long as we learn to use our foundation and concealer the right way.
My theory is that, instead, we should just be changing our relationship with the stretch marks. We should not be afraid to seek them out, to find them, and maybe even to love them. And in that, the painful, destructive pattern will change on its own.
So, I have created a platform. I started with a website and an Instagram, and will soon publish a podcast. Honestly, I just wanted to get my soapbox out there. I spent seven months photographing and interviewing women in an intentionally vulnerable environment and giving them a space to share their story and personal relationship with vulnerability. And now, with their permission, I am sharing it with the world.
From my website:
“Our purpose is to empower women to live vulnerably and authentically. We want to start changing the rules about how, when, and why women view, accept, and LOVE themselves. This platform was created as a safe place for women to explore not only their personal vulnerabilities but also their personal walls.
Our goal is simply to promote a healthy relationship with ourselves by exploring the things that make us feel the most vulnerable. Our goal is to shed light on perhaps previously unrecognized pain. Our goal is to help each woman come to individually understand her own walls and vulnerabilities.”
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Just don’t stop creating content. Don’t let the fight for resources take more of your time than creating your content. Just open yourself to opportunities, find ways to subject your art to free exposure (there are many), and DON’T STOP CREATING CONTENT.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My website: mybarenakedface.com
My Instagram: @mybarenakedface
My Facebook: My BareNaked Face
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My podcast: The BareNaked Brainstorm (available on all major podcast platforms)
- Website: mybarenakedface.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/mybarenakedface
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mybarenakedface/
My BareNaked Face
Jeri Motta Photography