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Making It Big in 30 Minutes

A podcast for, by, and about the Emerson community and the many ways its alumni are making the world a little better, every day.

What does it mean to make it big? Having money, fame, world wide acclaim, climbing the corporate ladder or crushing it in your business. One thing’s for sure, there isn’t just one way to do it.

In each episode, you will meet an Emersonian who’s Making It. Making a living, making a difference and sometimes, making it up as they go along. As far as we’re concerned, if you’re making something, you’ve made it … big time.

Brought to you by the Emerson College Alumni Association:

Season 6

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Evy Chen ‘10 on Making it as an Entrepreneur

May 16, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Evy entered Emerson as a marketing student and left an entrepreneur - for life! She and Georgette discuss the cultural inspiration behind Evy Tea, and get candid about navigating the entrepreneurial reigns as a woman of color, the challenges she faced raising capital, and one thing she wouldn't compromise on. Recorded on April 23, 2023.

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Jasmine Solano ‘06 on Making it as a DJ, Digital Host, and Cultural Organizer

May 23, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Jasmine is a multidisciplinary artist in all the ways. She's a DJ, an on camera and radio host, a cultural organizer, just to name a few. Georgette and Jasmine both have deep WERS roots, fun fact: Jasmine created The Secret Spot,  and they wax poetic on her journey building a career around music and activism, her new work-life balance, and advice she'd give her younger Emerson self. Recorded on March 29, 2023.

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Madeline Kay Sneed MFA ‘20 on Making it as a Fiction Writer

May 30, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Madeline was on her way to becoming a published author before she completed her MFA. She shares how writing her debut novel, The Golden Season, became a form of liberation for her navigating the intersection of queerness and faith, and how her forthcoming novel, Today, Tonight, Forever, showed the lessons she learned on becoming traditionally published, how she freed herself through writing, and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community personally and artistically. Recorded on March 22, 2023.

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Ballard C. Boyd ‘04 on Making it as a Director

June 6, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Ballard C. Boyd is a segment director and producer and segment producer at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert but before he made it to late night television or won any Emmys, he was making ice cream in his hometown after graduating from Emerson. The path to what we want is rarely linear and he shares his journey with Georgette while giving us a glimpse into how he eventually made it in New York and what kept him going even during the so-called tough times. Recorded on April 4, 2023.

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Winnie Carrillo ‘14 on Making it in Film Development

June 13, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Growing up in Guatemala, Winnie never imagined that she’d find herself as a film executive at a top Hollywood Studio. Winnie shares with Georgette how she remained steadfast in wanting to assist international students like herself and was very honest about how she learned some things the hard way during her time in school. On this journey, we're often reminded to stay flexible and Winnie did just that. Recorded on April 13, 2023.

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Chrystee Pharris on Making it as an Actress

June 20, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Chrystee knew at a very young age, she was meant to perform and has done just that with roles on Scrubs, Passions, and most recently, Monogamy. She gets real with Georgette about her time at Emerson, how she's easing her way back into acting after a brief hiatus, and how keeping up with the current trends in her industry has kept her gainfully employed. Recorded on April 19, 2023.

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Georgette Pierre MA ‘09 on Making it as a Creative Producer

August 15, 2023, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Georgette passes the mic to our new host, Hunter Reis ‘17! Hunter explores the trial and error process of creating content for brand-new social media platforms and how the pandemic reset his relationship to work. He then turns the tables on Georgette, and they reflect on the highlights of her time as host and what project she’s diving into next. Recorded on July 14, 2023.


Producer: Rebecca Glucklich, Associate Director of Alumni Relations Assistant

Producer: Lilly Meehan-Egan ‘22, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Host: Georgette Pierre, MA ’09

Editor: Dalton Pate ’20

Created by Terri Trespicio, MFA ‘02 & Rebecca Glucklich, Associate Director of Alumni Relations