Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Ann Plizak.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It’s funny that you ask how I started because I truly feel like everything is just beginning for me. I have been back and forth, and in and out of jobs for the last five years or so and finally, I found a clear vision of where I want to be so my journey’s just starting.
Originally, when I came out to Los Angeles, I was finishing up my undergraduate degree through an internship program with Temple University. After officially graduating, I went right into working long hours in various production jobs. I went to school for media studies and production in Philadelphia, and it felt amazing being able to use my degree for something right out of the gate.
It was a thrilling experience working on sets that were large scale productions of commercial, television, and film; the type of sets I had dreamed of working on. After a while, I started to have a completely different role in mind. I wanted to host my own show. I wanted to have a platform to have my own voice and make others voices heard but didn’t know exactly know where to go with that dream.
I worked hard and tirelessly in a job that I was comfortable in without having a push in the right direction of my end goal careerwise. I wanted to shake things up a bit, so I took some time from working in production. I took a part-time job as a budtender in a medical marijuana dispensary where I started to learn about all of the fascinating benefits of cannabis.
I had been self-medicating for the last few years for my own anxiety as well as muscle pain that was caused by my Lyme Disease, but I didn’t realize how amazing the effects could truly be. I spent time with patients and others that found a positive experience using cannabis and continued to do my own research and education about the plant. I wanted to make sure that I was giving the proper products to our patients but also because I was infatuated with everything this leafy green plant can do for us.
Eventually, I was given an amazing opportunity to produce cannabis content for a digital network where I would learn even more about the plant but also the community that supports it. I rooted myself into researching, writing, and producing all things cannabis and found a true calling – to educate the masses on the cannabis plant and help brands get their message and mission across.
I spent almost a year in that position and loved every minute of it until my last day of employment. Since then, I have been freelance writing, hosting, and producing various projects but mainly cannabis content for clients and have a few amazing future opportunities in the works!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been completely smooth, but the rough patches haven’t been terrible. I am one determined and hard-working young lady so I never once let myself fall too hard.
I took random production gigs, and background works to make ends meet and would apply to budtending positions when I needed something more stable. I definitely had times of failure like being let go from a few jobs (mainly due to budget cuts), dropping my agency representation, not meeting a deadline, etc. None of those really were true downfalls but just some rough patches in the road which I’m thankful for the growth that came with them.
I have to admit it is a bit difficult working in the cannabis industry while the stigma still surrounds it. There are still people out there that believe cannabis to be a gateway drug and only that. They may judge you and your character after learning that you are involved in the cannabis industry or if you even just consume it. It’s definitely difficult trying to change their mindset, but I’m thankful for those that at least stand to listen as I passionately express my story and experience with the plant.
Honestly my the biggest struggle I had in life was dealing with my anxiety and the pain that came along with living with Lyme Disease. Once I figured out what worked for me and my body, I was able to get it under control.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Foli Media – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I don’t have a company currently, but I am working on some projects that may lead to having my own business. After I worked in production for five years, many know me as having a great mind for producing – plus I’m a bit OCD and extremely organized, so that helps. I love the thrill of working on set and watching something on paper become a reality.
I have created a bit of reputation amongst the people who know me as a bit of a cannabis connoisseur because of all the knowledge I gained while working in the cannabis industry. Taking both of these skills, I am currently creating content for brands and dispensaries wanting to break the stigma surrounding the marijuana plant.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I have some exciting plans for the future! While working on my own projects, I am going to be working with dispensaries and brands by connecting them to a platform designed to be a cannabis concierge service called Foli.
I will be able to combine my cannabis knowledge with my natural perseverance to work with licensed companies in gaining more awareness and connecting them to conscience customers.
Cathy Baron Photography, GreenBeeLife, Island