Emily Metz is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter and aspiring actress from Wisconsin. She has been playing guitar since she was eight and singing since she could talk. She’s dreamed of being a musician since she was four. Music is her passion, and it's always been a part of her life. Her dad sings and plays guitar, and he's a huge musical inspiration for her. He’s the one who taught her to play guitar, and really got her into music. Taylor Swift also inspires her.”I admire how she lets out all of her feelings into heartfelt songs that I can really connect to,” she says of Taylor.
“I think people are put on earth to be something. My mom was meant to be a nurse and a mom. She loves what she does. My dad hopes to someday be a history teacher, and he's a great dad. I think I was put on earth to be entertainer, and I’m never giving up.” Despite what other people say, she’s going to keep dreaming and moving forward in her career.
Besides music, acting is another career that Emily dreams of pursuing. Someday, she hopes to be in major films and TV shows. “I will seriously watch TV, and not even really watch the show. I will watch the actors’ actions and listen to the way they say things. I make mental notes and put them toward my own acting. Every time I see a really good movie, I think ‘Someday, that’ll be me’, and I get all excited inside,” Emily explains.
One problem that Emily has dealt with while growing up is bullying. “People would do anything to make me mad,” she says. “I had to pretend like it didn't bother me, but inside I’d be holding in tears and words that I never had the guts to say.” A lot of kids would insult her on her dreams of becoming an actress and a musician, saying that she wasn't talented enough, and that it would never happen. “They would mock me. And I would see them whisper among each other about me.” Eventually, she felt like she didn't have a place there at school.
At semester time in her freshman year, she transferred to a new school. This school is a project-based learning school with only about 75 students. “I’m so happy about the move. People here are so much nicer, and everyone excepts everyone. There are no “popular” cliques or anything like that. I’ve made a lot of amazing friends that will stay with me through anything.” Emily writes about being bullied and overcoming it in a lot of her music.
Whether it’s performing at the farmer’s market, or singing at the Opry, Emily will do whatever it takes to reach for the top. “I’m never giving up. I’m going to keep working until I accomplish those goals. I’m going to show people that you really can be anything you want to be, no matter how crazy.”