We had the good fortune of connecting with Emmett Hunter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emmett, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve been interested in the arts since I was in middle school. I started out in the band playing the French horn, bass clarinet, and tenor saxophone. In high school I started writing poems as a form of therapy. At the age of 14 my friends and I formed a rap group. We spent the next 7 years making music and performing throughout the Tampa Bay Area. So I guess I’ve pursued a career in the arts because I’ve always had a desire to express myself in all types of creative ways.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been a professional actor since 2011. I booked my first speaking role on a show called Burn Notice about a year after I began acting. Since then I’ve been fortunate to work on television shows like Bloodline, Atlanta, Homeland, Madam Secretary. Stan Against Evil, I Am Frankie, and American Horror Story just to name a few. I’ve honestly been able to get to where I am by having faith, taking risk, and simply trusting the process. I’ve auditioned hundreds of times throughout the years and I’ve heard many no’s. I’ve learned so many valuable lessons in those moments of rejection. I’ve been able to build a resilience and come to an understanding that every opportunity isn’t meant for me. It is simply my responsibility to learn from every experience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was coming into town I would immediately take him to my favorite seafood spot in Atlanta “The Juicy Crab.” We would probably spend the next couple of days touring the many attractions Atlanta has to offer from the Coca Cola factory, the Georgia Aquarium, or just hanging out in midtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife, children, parents, former coaches, and all of my teaches as well professors played a major role in my success. Without their love and support there is now way I would have become the man I am today.