Fireside Production Manager, Emily Strand
Emily Strand, Eager Collaborator
As the daughter of two television producers, I sought to carve out my own creative path. After throwing large-scale museum events in Chicago and working in equity theater in San Francisco, no one could be more shocked to find that the family business was what I would call home.
Born in Virginia, raised in Texas and Chicago, I earned my undergraduate degree in Theater in Michigan and then, spent a year volunteer teaching in Honduras.
I returned to Chicago’s north side and biked 10 miles each way to the Adler Planetarium, working in the Public Programs department. On any given day you could find me hanging with Stormtroopers, playing with magnets or collaborating with scientists on our next star show.
My partner, like me, is an eclectic professional; at this point he decided he needed a career change from a sandwich delivery driver and applied to law school – because, why not?! One of the schools he got into was on the west coast and after the most recent Snowpocalypse in Chicago… I said, “Let’s go!” We lived in Oakland, I took the train into San Francisco to the American Conservatory Theater, where I mentored acting students of all ages in their craft development. I became a master hat switcher – teaching classes, running events and season planning in the Conservatory department.
After Mason finished law school, we were not eager to go back to the bitter winters and flat plains of Chicago and have so gratefully called Colorado and her mountains home for the last year. As an experiment, I recently rented a yurt for four days on a solo trip. I wanted to see what it would be like to be without electricity and running water and completely by myself. Spoiler alert: it was awesome, 10 out of 10 would recommend!
In reflecting on my professional journey, all I have is gratitude even if I haven’t always been sure what’s next.
One of my best friends knew from the age of 15 that she was going to be a mechanical engineer. She got her degree and has been working in the field (and for the same company) ever since. Sometimes, I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse to constantly be so open to what your next professional chapter is. But at Fireside… I get to do all my favorite things with talented people I’ve quickly come to trust.
I also get to know you, learn about your stories, your business or organization and why your work is important. I get to collaborate with you in creating videos that are going to engage your stakeholders and spread your message.