Emma Rappold

Ever since I started performing commercial voice-overs for Radio Disney at age eight, I knew I wanted to be involved with the entertainment industry. I began taking professional film acting classes as often as possible, learning the basics of production alongside acting’s invaluable lessons about human emotionality. However, as I got older, I discovered that I preferred taking greater creative control over the stories I tell. I started directing and filming my own short films. Therefore, coming to film school was the obvious next step. During my time at UT, I have gotten involved with Texas Student Television, the nation’s only student-run FCC-licensed network. Each week, I write and act on the live broadcast of sketch comedy show Longhorn LateNight. I am also a docent for Landmarks, UT’s public art collection. Art museums and art history have provided great inspiration for my creative work, so I am extremely thankful for a way to share this passion with a wider audience. This past summer, I got to intern for FilmNation at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. Not only did I have the opportunity to go to premieres of some of this year’s most-anticipated films, but I also learned a lot about international film sales and distribution. After returning home from Europe, I became a Development Intern for Lost Arts Entertainment, an ITV development pod and production company. Here, I helped cast and create pitches for potential new shows for networks such as HGTV, Food Network, Complex, Discovery, and Information Discovery. Between these two internships, I discovered a growing interest in executive producing. To synthesize interest in writing and production with producing, fellow scholar Jill Young and I are starting up our own production company this fall in which we hope to produce our own self-written works.

Major: Radio-Television-Film

Other Academic Interest: Art History

Extracurricular Activities:
Longhorn LateNight – Writer & Actor
Landmarks Docentintern for Film Nation through American Pavilion’s Film & Business Program at the Cannes Film Festival 2017
Development Intern for Lost Arts Entertainment, an ITV development pod and production company

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?
Initially, I was a bit hesitant to go to UT; after spending most of my life in Texas, I thought I needed a change of place. However, once I came to Finalist Weekend, I felt an overwhelming sense that UT was where I needed to be. What truly sold me was the fellow scholars. I had so many insightful, intelligent, and genuinely lovely conversations with current scholars – they were all so cool and interesting! The program brings together scholars from so many majors and backgrounds into one collection of passionate people wholeheartedly pursuing their interests and education; I found this to be incredibly inspiring, and I knew I wanted to be a part.