If there is something Emily Carmichael has known well, it’s been how to work incredibly hard. Writing independently for 11 long years, the stress of paying rent continuously looming, she’ll never forget the day Steven Spielberg asked to meet with her. This week we get to hear about Hollywood. What’s gotten better in terms of supporting artists, how far it has to go regarding destigmatizing mental health, and how at least this artist has forged her own way despite the overwhelm. Regardless of your relationship with television and movies, Emily’s insights speak to all of us and her wisdom resonates widely.
Emily is a screenwriter, film director, and animator. She co-wrote the screenplay for the 2018 science fiction sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising and the 2022 film Jurassic World: Dominion. Her short films have screened in competition at Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, and other US and International film festivals.