Emily Long
Special Events Coordinator

As Special Events Coordinator, I help to put together the pieces of fundraising event puzzles.

What brought you to Austin?
My now husband brought me to Austin.  We swam all day and listened to music all night.  I was sold!

Favorite LOCAL restaurant?
My favorite and most frequented is a little mexican dive in Oak Hill, Chapala. I also really enjoy Jack Allen’s Kitchen for locally sourced unique food and exemplary service. They also give back to the Austin community.

Local entrepreneur you admire?
Dede Clark, founder and creative director for kidsActing.  I can identify with her as an artist and admire her for following her passion, teaching children and giving back to the community by making kidsActing classes available to low-income children through her foundation.

Who inspired you?
My high school theatre arts teacher at the Lafayette Parish High School Arts Academy, Ms. Sally Graham.  She pushed me even when as a teenager I didn’t want to be pushed.  She taught me to love all aspects of the theatre from performance to technical, to work as a team and to never give up.  

Favorite Austin Business?
SprATX because they are a perfect example of how Austin embrasses art and artist allowing them to have a chance to create unconventional entrepreneurial success stories. SprATX has taken their love of street art and courageously leaped out of the box to create an entire business from installations to branding all while remembering to give back to fellow artist and our community.   

Why JA?
JA offers a bridge to the future for all young people regardless of socioeconomic stature.  It gives students the opportunity to dream big and the tools reach their goals.  I love JA because it creates confident courageous kiddos that will in turn help to strengthen their communities.

If you could do any job what would you be?
If I wasn’t a Special Events Coordinator for JACT, I would like to own and be the creative director at a dinner theatre.  

All-time favorite book?
I found a forgotten book in a used bookstore hidden in the bargain bin in my hometown.  It had it’s jacket missing and was just a green hardcover.  It had that smell.  I opened to read the first page. It was love at first line.  My Petition for More Space by John Hersey took the idea of what the future looks like in a world overpopulated.  

Piece of financial advice you wish you had learned earlier?
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Advice I’d give my High School self: 
Relax, everyone is freaking out too.

Where did you attend college?
I was antsy so I moved around.  Started at University of New Orleans and that turned out as well as my eighteen year old self could manage.  Then I moved to the University of Northern Arizona then back to my hometown to graduate with a B.F.A. from the University of Louisiana.

Favorite Shark Tank Judge and why?
Barbara Corcoran, because she is a severe dyslexic that was always led to believe she was stupid.  She looked adversity in the face and had the courage to conquer.

Biggest setback I've overcome:
I was on scholarship at the University of Northern Arizona for performing arts.  Had a pretty clear path I was on for my career.  My father got the diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma during the spring semester.  I left Arizona and my scholarship.  Although technically a setback as I had to create a new five year plan it is something I have never regretted.  I learned plans need flexibility for all of life's uncertainties.

What famous person do you look like?
I’m told I look like Janis Joplin, but that was more in my long hair, poets blouse days.

Favorite quote:
“The work of today is the history of tomorrow and we are its makers”
― Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts USA