In our "Meet the Team" series we've asked each of our advisory board and founding team members a series of questions so you can get to know them.
Today we'd like to introduce Nia D'Emilio, Marketing Coordinator and Producer for the network.
Here's what she had to say:
Hey! I'm Nia, and I'm really excited to be working with the Trident team! I just graduated with my M.S. in Leadership for Creative Enterprises from Northwestern in December, and I now live in sunny California! I'm interested in all things pop culture, but I have particular interests in Disney, spooky stories, and the greatest rock band in American history: The Beach Boys.
What's something you've been reading/watching/listening to lately that you're loving?
Besides re-watching Succession for the third time, I recently saw Ted Lasso and found it to be very charming! I've also been listening to a lot of You're Wrong About, which is a podcast that is both fun and informative.
What is something you're working on right now (or recently) that you're really pumped about?
Amped about my new podcast with Trident of course! My partner Trent and I are finally acting on an idea we've had for a long time. It's a pop culture pod that aims to find answers to the eternal question: but which of these things is the best thing? It's called The Tournament Podcast, and we'll be ranking our favorite movies, TV shows, pasta shapes, and a whole lot more.
Any new pandemmy hobbies?
Truly, my greatest accomplishment in quarantine turned out to be one of the greatest surprises of my entire life. As of this minute, I've written nearly 200 pages of fan fiction, nothing I ever thought I could do or would be interested in doing! But I had a cool internship with a production company in the fall where I had to read three books in a fanfic series and I thought, "I could write stuff like this." So I started, and I haven't stopped!
What made you want to get involved with Trident?
Like Trident itself, my reasons for wanting to get involved are three-pronged! First, while I started out in live improv comedy, I've been moving away from it for about the past two years (one year pre-pandemic, one year mid-pandemic). I went to school to learn how to make creative businesses viable ones, but I didn't lose my creative spark. When I saw that Trident was supporting multiple forms of digital entertainment, it lit that spark of creativity, and I felt like I could get involved in more ways than one. Second, I thought it was a great business idea! The pandemic has shown that people will seek out entertainment no matter what, and I like that Trident is firmly rooted in the digital world. Third, Val and the team!! Val has some great experience translating creativity to digital platforms, and the team at Trident is full of people I've looked up to for years.
What are you most excited about when it comes to Trident?
Definitely looking forward to seeing the team and network grow. Because accessibility is a core value of Trident's, the possibilities for what the network can be and who it can serve are really limitless.
What is something you wish more people knew about you? A fun fact or secret talent?
I feel like I'm a pretty open book, but people who know me from college definitely know what a huge One Direction fan I am. So if you're interested in debating why I think Midnight Memories is the perfect album, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Anything else you'd like us to know?
Just really excited to be here, and whether you're a contributor or consumer, I hope you join in on the fun!
Check out Nia's podcast, The Tournament Podcast. Listen and subscribe on all major podcast platforms.