Emily St. Pierre
Questions for Emily St. Pierre
What advice would you give your 16 year-old self?
It’s okay to be yourself!
Who were your mentors when you were in high school and university? And why?
My mentors were the people I met online through youtube or tumblr. Growing up gay in a small American town didn’t leave many options for like-minded people to talk to. I was able to find people like me though the internet and build a community where I could build my confidence and self-acceptance WHILE discovering a passion that turned into my career later on.
In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself up?
I surround myself with good people. I find Saint John, New Brunswick is an easy place to find those people, especially in the art/music community. If you have an idea, they are right there to help you through it and are welcoming if you want to get involved with theirs.
Has learning from a mistake led you to success?
I’m still young and full of mistakes, so we shall see.
What does success mean to you?
It used to be very unbalanced. I only cared about pursuing the perfect career, no matter what. Now, I would consider my definition of success to be much more rounded. I’d rather strive for more of a balance, keeping relationships strong, finding new ones, having hobbies like learning how to ride a motorcycle or picking up a guitar again, while having a job that allows me to grow and be creative.
What does the world need more of?
The Up and Go tag is Be Brave. Be You. What does that mean to you in how you live your life?
Having enough confidence to “Be You.” is really hard, at least for me. So when I read this, I understand it as you need to be brave to be yourself.
What do we need to do more of here in New Brunswick to have more girls and women in leadership roles?
I think that we need to be more accepting of, and compassionate towards, women in male dominated fields. One way to make this happen is to have conversations with your employees (or your employer if you feel safe) about safe work environments, and even encouraging safe space or anti-oppression training.