We love having Sara Nevels on our team! Meet her here:
EMMA Magazine: Where did you go to school?
Sara Nevels: Oh gosh, I went to a few before finally calling ASU my home. The year I spent at Columbia College Chicago was one of the best experiences of my life though.
SN: I majored in Photography for 2 years, but once I transferred to ASU, I switched to Human Communication. I still studied and practiced photography on my own, but I felt like Communication would provide more options in the future if I needed it. It was honestly the best decision I could have made for myself though, especially since as a portrait photographer, I tend to work with a variety of people, and communication is a key element in creating a positive client experience. I also invest a lot in my relationships, whether it’s personal or professional, so it’s really important to me that I continue to maintain those as often as I can, which isn’t always easy as life gets more complex…so having a communication background as been incredibly helpful.
EM: What are your long term career goals?
SN: You mean other than helping Emma soar to the top of newsstands? Hmm….well, I’m currently involved in a couple of collaborative projects, so I’m excited to see how those take shape. There are so many things that I want to do with my career, but I have to be careful not to take on more than I can handle all at once. So, I think an over-arching, long-term goal is that I always find a way to balance the different avenues I’m pursuing and to always recognize whether or not a project is a good fit for me. It’s important to create work that fulfills you, not drains you.
EM: Favorite TV show?
SN: Always and forver, Friends, but these days: New Girl, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Parenthood, and Grey’s Anatomy
EM: Do you have a guilty pleasure?
SN: Soda (preferably Pepsi or Cherry Coke) – I know it’s killing me by the sip, but I’m just not ready to quit. Also, “terrible” films. I work in the film industry, so I’m surrounded by filmmakers with a high expectation for any film – as they should. And don’t get me wrong, I prefer a film that has a brilliant story and looks amazing….but I also love movies that are not meant for intelligent film enthusiasts. Sometimes, I just want to be entertained in the most mindless way.
EM: What are 3 things in your bag at all times?
SN: Cherry-flavored Vaseline (because I’m anti chapstick with beeswax), Orbit gum, and a hair tie.
EM: Favorite place to travel to?
SN: I definitely want to see more of the world, but I tend to spend my money on trips to Chicago. That’s where I’m originally from, so I have a lot of family there. It’s basically my second home. Plus, it’s just such a great city!
SN: I love First Friday [art walk], live music, films, books & magazines, and spending time with friends & family. I love going out to restaurants and supporting local events when I can, especially in Downtown Phoenix.
EM: What do you love about Emma?
SN: I don’t follow a lot of blogs – not because I don’t want to, but because there are just so many out there that I tend to get overwhelmed easily. I always felt like I was missing out in some way, but never really found a good way to filter through so I could just focus on the good ones. But now I have Emma! I love how it collaborates with bloggers, and essentially curates their content into each issue, so that I’m getting a little taste of each one.
I also love how Emma focuses on supporting everything local – from interviewing members of the community to highlighting a restaurant or artist, and finding ways to bring so many local businesses together in one issue. It’s done in a subtle way, so that the magazine is still relatable to anyone outside of Phoenix, but for those who are local, I think they recognize and appreciate how much it brings the community together.