” I don´t want to be who others expect me to be. One day I realized, if I can´t be myself, who am I then, what am I?” Emma Morgan
Emma’s contribution to Meatfactory is intriguingly honest and really comes from the bottom of her heart. What she describes in her video clip is something that happens to a lot of actors and artists: Pressure is very high and so many voices tell us where to go and what to do, even with our own body.
“Don’t cut your hair, don’t dye your hair or dye your hair that and that way, Tattoos and Piercings are a no- go, as you wont get any roles. Style yourself like this as you are this and that type and you should fulfill this and that image.” Too many of us adjust to these voices coming from so many different corners and lose ourselves on the way. If you wanna be yourself its a constant struggle and you really need to double-check from time to time if you are still on the right path.
Meatfactory is my shout out to the world to stand up for who you really are! I want to empower people and help them to live up to their own truth!
Suppression of individuality happens not only to actors, but is a general problem in societies everywhere on the planet. People are afraid to be themselves as they are afraid to jump out of the mass. Or even worse: many people don’t even know who they are and what they really want in the first place, as society is constantly suggesting you who you should be, how you should look like and what a good citizen should fulfill.
Dare to jump out of the mass!
….be like Emma Morgan!
I met Emma a few years ago when I went to drama school in Berlin. I had just moved from Ibiza to Berlin and felt like an alien in good old Germany. Emma and I didn’t click in the first moment.
Sometimes when two strong personalities meet, they first have to observe each other from a distance. Both intuitevley feel that the person in front is kind of an equal and it is not yet clear how they will relate with each other, they „check“ each other out.
After a few months the ice between us broke and we started to work with each other intensely. As we had the same passion for acting, were both ambitious, and shared the same work mentality, we often rehearsed for over 10 hours, directed each other, did night shifts and got to know each other through our work and dedication. These years were intense, beautiful and very creative.
Then I left to Austria, but in our hearts we remained close.Interesting enough our friendship and artistic connection actually started to really flourish in these years of distance.
Every time we meet nowadays, we work on a role or some kind of creative project.
Emma is hard working, extremely talented, and able to express the depths of her being through her performance and art. I admire her as an artist and as a human being. We met at an acting school called „Transform“, and funny enough that’s what we do: We help each other to transform, transform into better human beings and better artists.
Emma, I am a big fan. Keep spreading your light into the world as the world needs people like you. Stay strong! You are an example for everyone!
MEATFACTORY: Why do you work as an Artist?
EMMA MORGAN: I work as an actress as I want to move people and express myself.
M: Do you feel that it is easy to work as an actor?
EM: It’s hard to find your place on the market as it’s difficult to find your personality, which, as an actor, is actually the “product” that you are selling. Most of the artists are freelancers so you never know how long the money has to last and you can’t afford to be sick.
M: How is the day to day reality vs to what you expected it to be like in the beginning/ or to what people think it is like?
EM: At the beginning I always wanted to be on a big stage at a big theater. But then I realized that I want to really make a difference, and I found my way to make a difference by working with students. I am going to schools to talk to them by using my own story, my own personality and history. I’m totally honest even about the darkest moments in my life. And I really feel that I touch their hearts. So after a while the dream of being on a big stage just disappeared and was no longer important to me.
M: Is there a union between actors/ artists? what are your experiences?
EM: There is actually a lot of competition, sometimes at castings other actors see you as enemy not as alley. That’s really sad, I try not to have that spirit and mindset.
M: How is it like to be a woman on the market?
EM: I have a feeling that it’s much easier if you’re a guy because strangely enough there a more roles for men then for women. Guys can be older, guys can be fat and not half as talented as the women, because there are significant fewer actors then actresses on the market.
M: What are your thoughts about aging on the market?
EM: I’m not scared of aging, as I’m not scared of dying. It’s more important to me that I lived a life full of beautiful memories.
M: How does the external world (family, friends, acquaintances) support your life choice to be an artist?
EM: I wanted to become an actress ever since I was a child, but my mom told me that I can’t do this because I won’t earn any money. So I tried to work in a different job first, but soon I realized that this won’t make me happy and that I have to do what my heart tells me to. I have never regretted this decision.
M: Does success / recognition matter to you, or would you also continue to do what you do if you would´t get approval from the external world?
EM: No it doesn’t, because my profession is about doing what I love. But yeah, it would be strange to stand in front of empty chairs… no audience…so I think the audience is part of the job.