Emerson grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, consuming massive quantities of 80’s network television and comedy movies. At the age of 11, he kept a journal of new TV commercials that hit the air. By 19, he began appearing in those commercials. By 34, he began directing them. It must be love.
Emerson’s training began at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied art direction and film, followed by the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he studied theatre and creative writing.
Emerson cut his teeth in Los Angeles as an actor, performing sketch comedy at IO West and the Hollywood Improv, and appearing in more than 85 national commercials, where he worked with and learned from directors such as Zack Snyder and Michel Gondry.
Emerson’s narrative work has been recognized by The One Club and the NY Friar's Club, as well as numerous Oscar-qualifying film festivals where many of his shorts have screened.
Emerson’s short film, Lie Detector, has amassed more than 50 million views online and has been translated into 16 different languages. From this, it can be reasonably said that Emerson’s work is literally bringing the world closer together.
Emerson is known for his collaborative and calm approach to directing, and has been fortunate enough to have worked with creatives from dozens of the world's leading agencies. He is also working on regrowing his sweet, sweet mullet.