Do what you love – Emma Homewood
Event Manager and Authorised Civil Celebrant, Emma Homewood believes that anyone working in a field they enjoy, will naturally come to be good at it. For Emma, the Owner of Ceremonies by Emma, that meant turning her affinity for people into a new career as a Marriage Celebrant after she gave up her career in Wedding Planning and Event Management when she became a mother.
Outside of work, the mother of a 20-month-old toddler and about to give birth to her second child, as well as mum to a six-year-old Beagle, loves days at the beach, a bit of self-care including a facial or pedicure and keeping fit.
Emma sits down and talks with Bev Strickland, Managing Director of Strictlymarketing, as we approach International Women’s Day to talk about her career and guiding life philosophy success is different for each person.
When did you start your current job?
I became a registered Civil Celebrant in October 2020 following 15 years of business development, planning and coordinating in the wedding, events and hospitality industry.
Can you tell us briefly about your career to date?
I fell into the hospitality industry, as many do, while studying Business and Marketing at university. I used my contacts to secure a role working as a consultant & agent in the wine industry. I spent time working as the Food and Beverage Manager at a luxury resort before moving to Australia from New Zealand and working in BD and event roles. When it came time to have a family of my own, becoming a marriage celebrant felt like a natural progression.
Did you have a mentor? If so, can you tell us about them?
I can’t say that I’ve had one particular mentor, however I do endeavour to take on board what I can, from basically anyone I come into contact with, if I feel they inspire me or if I can learn from them in some way. This is often from colleagues, clients, friends, or acquaintances, even my husband!
What do you think woman who have strong professional aspirations need to hear?
Success comes in many different forms and I think each person’s definition of success can change and evolve as their life evolves so embrace this. I really believe that relationships are the most important thing in business, whether it’s building strong client relationships, or those with potential business associates. Literally anyone you meet could be a potential client business associate, so it’s a good habit to prioritise engagement with people in any situation. I have also found there is so much truth in the analogy “it’s not what you know, but who you know” with many of my jobs coming by word of mouth.
What one piece of advice would you offer to professional women?
Try to keep the scope wide and the peripheral vision on. I think it’s really important to have goals, however, being too pedantic about a set outcome or goal can sometime cause us to miss seeing doors or opportunities opening up around us. I think you should try to view your career as a journey as apposed to a destination. Plus, there are only ever two outcomes: either you win or you learn. Also, learn to trust your gut.
If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be?
One of the best autobiographies I ever read was Monty Roberts – The man who listens to horses. He’s basically the original horse whisperer, having developed the method ‘Equus’ which is a way of communicating with and establishing trust between humans and flight animals. As a young boy, he ventured into the Nevada Desert in order to study the way in which the wild mustangs would communicate, as well as the dynamics and hierarchy within the herd. He since adapted his methodology to humans, his theory being that you will always get the most from people if you put them in a position of empowerment rather than force or fear. He was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) by the queen for his service to animal psychology.