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Emily Wilson

Illustration by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)

Who are you?

Emily Wilson.

What do you do?


What are you most proud of from 2018?

Producing and headlining twelve sold out renditions of my monthly comedy show The Emily Wilson Show at Better Days in LES.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge in 2019?

Finding new ways to continue to organically grow my audience without compromising the quality of my content in the process. And making rent :\

What do you think will be your biggest opportunity in 2019?


I'm self-releasing my first comedy single and music video in February, and my first EP in late Spring. I'm super excited to see how expanding my brand of comedy into the music realm is going to shape my career trajectory. Also, I was a finalist on The X Factor USA in 2011 and quit singing immediately after, so this will be a yuge moment of redemption for 15-year-old Emily.

Where can we follow you?


As chosen by Justin Moran, Claire Valentine, Michael Love Michael, Kat Gillespie, and Jael Goldfine
Illustrations by Austin Call (@Duhrivative)

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