Born and raised in Bendigo, Central Victoria to an Australian mother and a Tongan father, Emily's theatrical flair was evident from a young age. Her natural talent for singing took her through the Australian Youth Choir to high school productions and community musical theatre. Emily was shortlisted for the Bell Shakespeare Regional Performance Scholarship in 2008 and not long after, began to consider performing as a career choice.
Upon being accepted into the APO Arts Academy Advanced Musical Theatre course in 2011, Emily moved to Melbourne and studied under Nicholas McMahon, Stephen Wheat and Scott Hendry. She also completed an Associate in Applied Dance at Dance World Studios at the same time.
Emily was accepted into the 2012 intake of the Music Theatre stream at NIDA and has had the chance to work with creatives such as Rodger Hodgman, Phillip Quast, Imara Savage and Dom Mercer. Emily has collaborated on a number of projects including Rust, a devised song cycle with Craig Ilott and recently co-created a five person cabaret alongside Nigel Ubrihien.