Emma Rappold is a 22-year-old creator from McKinney, Texas. Her career in the entertainment industry began at a young age; she recorded commercial voice-overs for Radio Disney from ages 8 to 17. Continuing in performance throughout her childhood, she took professional film acting and improv classes from industry leaders like casting director Amber Horn (13 Reasons Why, The 100, On My Block), Guy Stevenson of The Groundlings, and former casting director/acting coach Lauren Dickey Lazell (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). Nonetheless, after getting a chance to teach classes at Lazell’s Young Actor’s House, she took up directing and screenwriting as a core part of her practice.
Emma is a May 2020 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film program with a 3.99 GPA and a minor in Art History. During her time at UT, Emma took 14 classes on filmmaking, which allowed her to create 6 short films and 2 web series. She also kept up with her love of performance – Emma had a lead role in Mike Akel’s comedy feature The Tiny Life of Butcher Duke, and she regularly wrote and acted for two seasons of the live sketch comedy show Longhorn LateNight. In her free time, she gave tours of UT’s public sculpture collection to the Austin community.
Alongside her studies, Emma was also able to complete 10 internships in 4 different countries. Notably, Emma worked with FilmNation Entertainment’s sales team at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. While studying photography and documentary for a semester at the University of Sussex, Emma interned with Mister Smith Entertainment and Pathé UK in London. In summer 2019, Emma interned with Annapurna Pictures’ Film Department and with Black Bear Pictures. When The Tonight Show came to UT this past November, Emma skipped class to hang out with Jimmy Fallon (be a PA).
In spring 2020, Emma participated in UT’s Semester in Los Angeles, where she worked with Roadside Attractions and WME until the COVID-19 shutdown. Most recently, she was hired as a Production Developer at the MGM-funded podcast start-up, Audio Up. She plans to return to Los Angeles when it is safe to continue chasing her dream of becoming an award-winning director, but she is enjoying watching Glee with her mom, teaching Zoom acting classes to middle schoolers, and naming the birds and squirrels outside her parents’ house until then.