“The art of making art is putting it together…art isn’t easy, every minor detail is a major decision, have to keep things in scale, have to hold to your vision.”—Stephen Sondheim

Art isn’t easy.  I live that reality every single day.

I look like Elton John

This is my Elton John look

My name is Emmy Potter, and I’m an actor living in New York City.  I grew up in the Midwest where I learned to be as friendly and polite as possible and appreciate carbohydrates and things covered in gravy and/or cheese.  My father is a theatre professor at a local university there, my mother has a theatre degree, and my brother is an artist/filmmaker living in Los Angeles, so I guess you could say I come by my artistic pursuits naturally.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in music theatre from Oklahoma City University in 2011, I moved to the Big Apple.  I’m not sure how I feel about being in my late twenties, and I watch way too much PBS for someone my age, but I’d still say I’m pretty well-adjusted.  Self-deprecation is one of my favorite hobbies along with all things Harry Potter, Doctor Who, bicycling, writing, and going to the movies.  I also am one of those people who go to the library a lot…for fun.

If you have a comment, question, or cool recommendation of something you think I should check out, don’t hesitate to make your mark on one of my comment boards.

May the force be with you,



    1. Oh thank you! I strive for honesty as much as possible without sacrificing TOO much of my most personal stuff (which I save for my handwritten journal; its proper place). Half the time I worry I’m just blathering on, so I’m glad to know someone is enjoying it! Come back anytime. 🙂


    1. Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! I’ve been taking a bit of a break from writing publicly as I’ve really been dealing with a lot emotionally over the last few months and felt I needed time to myself, to write for myself privately and work through everything. But I’m coming back! I’ve got a few posts in the works! 🙂


      1. So glad to hear you’re coming back. I hope everything is going okay for you. 🙂

  1. Hi! I’m a 2001 OCU grad who came across your entry about leaving the Business through various Facebook reposts. I agree with SO much of what you wrote and I appreciate that you took the time to write it out. If you don’t mind, I’d like to post it to my blog, as well.


    1. Nice to virtually meet you! OCU is such a small community and I love how it brings people together. Thanks for the reblog (and asking if you could). I’m just trying to make the world a little bit kinder of a place!


  2. What would you advise an aspiring musical theatre actress, high school senior, just completing the final stages of college auditions?


    1. Tell her to go for it! She should pick the college program that she feels will best nurture and grow her talents and provide her with support in a safe and loving environment. I was lucky to attend a wonderful college program and came out of it not only with great training but a fabulous support system of friends, alumni, and teachers. Often times, the name of the school opens a lot of doors, but it’s the training and personality that shine the brightest. If she is a hard worker, team player, and nice person, I have no doubts she will succeed wherever she goes in college and beyond. I know many people working in the industry who often get hired back not just because of their talents but also because they’re nice, positive people to be around. Good luck to her! 🙂


  3. HI Emmy, Your post was commented on by a good friend of mine who is in musical theatre. It bears comment. Let me start off by saying, I love what you posted yesterday about why you’re taking a hiatus from musical theatre. I’m a patron of the theatre, not an active acting participant. And I have many friends in both theatre and film, so I hear the stories – good and bad, and much in line as you articulated. The musical theatre community, as well as the film world will be much richer indeed with more positive people. Honestly, that holds true for pretty much of the rest of the world. There’s just too much conflict and competition, it’s a wonder there are any positive people left! If we all learned to just focus on “tending and making beautiful” our own personal patch of the world, and not worry about or focus so intently on over-running the patch someone else is tending, it would be a much better world. I wish you all the best with whatever patch you choose to tend! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  4. Hey Emmy,
    Sorry to post this on your About page, but I didn’t see a comment box on your last post (Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Compassion). Hope you don’t mind.
    I’ve been planning on writing a post on the same topic, and I was wondering if you would mind my linking back to / quoting your post. You make some good points, and I enjoyed reading your perspective.
    I know it’s already out there on the internet for anyone to see and all that, but I just wanted to make sure you were okay with it before citing your blog.

    Just another fellow blogger,


    1. Hi Louis,

      Yes, I disabled comments from that particular post mainly because I do not wish to engage in an online debate. I’d rather speak to people in person. Thanks so much for reaching out, and I am totally fine with you linking back to and quoting my words (and asking permission first!). I am glad you enjoyed it! I’d love to read your perspective as well.



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