The Heroine’s Journey of Emma Barrett

What is the best thing that I love about my work?  
The fact that I don’t know what tomorrow brings. My worst nightmare would be to know exactly what lies in store for me in the next month, year, decade, etc. and to live without mystery. 
What is my idea of perfect happiness?  
Adventure. Passion. Love. Storytelling. Mystery. Risks. 
What is my greatest fear?  
My greatest fear is to lose curiosity. 
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  
I’d say, I’m impatient. And stubborn. Though sometimes my impatience and my stubbornness serve me well, so it’s hard to say. Underneath every deplored trait is a blessing. 
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 
My teachers. 
What is my greatest extravagance?  
Shopping on Amazon. Indulges my introvert. 
On what occasion would I lie? 
A good lie is merely a good story, and I’ve never seen much harm in either, as long as they’re told with good intentions. 
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
When there’s too much talk, too little action. 
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?  
Now and here. Every day I make sure to do at least one thing that nourishes me as a human being and an artist. 
If I could, what would I change about myself?  
I wouldn’t mind a set of wings. 
What is my greatest achievement in work?  
The willingness to expose truths in myself that I’ve been conditioned not to share. 
Where would I most like to live? 
If I didn’t live in Venice Beach, I’d probably like to live in Berlin.
What is my most treasured possession?
Artworks by my Mum and Dad. 
What is my most marked characteristic?
The Americans love my Aussie accent.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  
Venice Beach. Mulholland Drive. 
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
The Federal Bar. Gjelina. Zelda’s. 
What books influenced my life and how?
Alice in Wonderland. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The Unbearable Lightness of Being. 
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
Beethoven’s 7th. Sweet Disposition, by the Temper Trap. Run Boy Run. The Doors. Amy Winehouse. 
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My teachers. 
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? 
The Lives of Others. Crash. The Piano.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?  
Goya Robles. 
Whom would I like to work with in 2017?  
Goya Robles. 
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2017?
People who ask what the story is before asking what the scale is. 
What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on?  
Shooting my next short. Moving into pre-production on my feature. 
Where can you see me or my work in 2017?
My first short, ‘Take the Reins’ is currently screening online until April 21st, 2017. Go to and click, ‘See the Film.’
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 
Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. 
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
Damienne Merlina. 
How can you contact me?

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