Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Here's Emily Rupp! She's a talented young singer, writer, actor and songwriter. Emily is a member of the Project Girl Performance Collective and also serves on our steering committee. She is a recent NYC transplant from Michigan. Enjoy the photos we took in Central Park on one of the first beautiful spring days in NYC!

Who Are You?

I'm a real life cartoon character who's on an adventure to find the pot of gold at the end of her rainbow. A lively, artistic, passionate, and powerful human being.

What do you believe in?
I believe in God, myself, and the people that are around me striving to create a positive image for the rest of the world to reciprocate.

What kind of change do you want to see? Where do you see yourself fitting into your idea for change?
I want to see something positive. No matter how big or how small. Strive to do an act of random kindness everyday, sooner or later it'll snowball and something astounding will come from something small. I want people to pay attention, not just to listen or hear an opinion...but feel it. People need to listen more with their heart and not with their ears. I fit into this idea by standing out, we all stand out in different ways, no one would fit in if we were all the same. Humans need to share. We need to listen to each other and allow our minds to explore and feel.

If your life had a soundtrack what would be on it?
My soundtrack would have everything from birds chirping over a trickling stream to techno bass beats and EVERYTHING in between.

If you could be doing anything with your life right now what would it be?
Touring the world with my mom leading motivational events that would include lunch, speeches, stories, and songs.

I Can't Live Without...
My family & .......my iPhone

What are you craving right now?
I'm itching to grab my guitar and play it.

Talk about a piece of art, performing arts, music or writing that changed your life...

When I was a sophomore in High School back in Michigan I was able to take a workshop with the Young Americans. They semi tricked people into auditioning, I was just hanging out singing in a room with some other people, but it was actually a test! When they were passing out random solos to people, they called my name down to do the biggest solo of the show. It was part of a mash up of "Eleanor Rigby" & "Let it Be" by The Beatles. It had some melody and a lot of freestyling soul. It was my first time reaLly performing at a large venue (my middle school gymnasium) where there were light/sound techs and a microphone. After I finished singing that song, I knew that's what I'd be doing the rest of my life.

What motivates you to do what you do?
I do. Sure there are people around you to help but in the end you can only really count on yourself. My life and my mind are what motivates me. My past, my experiences, my thoughts, dreams, and creative ideas are what help me to strive to be the best ME there is out there.

If you were best friends with any historical figure who would it be and why?
I've recently watched Kirsten Dunst in the movie, Marie Anoinette. I think it'd be so fun to live a life of extravagance. She was a very curious and interesting human being, as am I, I think we'd get along.

If you were a character in your favorite fictional storyline (this could include a book, play, film, television series etc.) what would it be? How would your character be intertwined within the story line that already exists?
Lucielle Ball, I Love Lucy. My all time favorite TV show. My character would be a mix between Lucy's outrageous, over the top, kooky-ness & Ethel's wiser, more level headed, mentor type. They would be the best triple threat to hit TV screens ever.

Talk about a defining moment of your life. What happened? What did you take away from it?
Defining moment in my life. Wow, this is a toughie. The moment when I was sitting on the witness stand, having been a victim, and heard "no further questions, your honor" and was able to step down and feel the weight lifted off of my shoulders knowing that I had undergone the long, brutal, legal process and that I stood up for myself. This moment in my life was something that showed me that I did not completely lose myself, I just put up a lot of walls. Once I was past the process I was able to begin tearing down those walls and use my experience to find myself again and build myself back up to be the incredible woman that I am today.

Talk about the best day ever.
My best day ever would include all of my closest friends, my family, my acquiantences, anyone that I've had a pleasant encounter with. This event would take place somwhere on a lake, preferable a Great Lake around Michigan. We'd cook, and bake, eat food, go dancing, make art, play music. We'd watch the sunset over the water and make a campfire and roast marshmallows until it was so dark only the fire could light our faces and we'd stare up at the stars and whisper stories until we fell asleep and could play in dreamland.

Who is/are your hero(es)?
My family. We all have our own superpowers, and combined we make one lean-mean-family-supporting-machine.

Create a mandatory reading list for the world:
The Bible
"An Alchemy of Mind" - By Diane Ackerman

For more pictures of Emily, visit: http://www.photoblog.com/ashleymarinaccio/2010/04/02/

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