Tellers Bio: After cracking a few good notes in the shower in her early twenties, Em auditioned for “Australian Idol”, finally making the top ten during the show’s fabulously popular second season. Then after showcasing some decent quips in her post-Idol interviews, Em was snapped up by the Austereo radio network.
Going on to host Perth’s 92.9 breakfast radio show for four years, Em interviewed Prime Ministers, traded baby-stories with suburban mums and jammed with the Black Eyed Peas. She riffed on everything from US politics, to post-natal depression to Lady Gaga’s man-bits, and drove the network to ratings supremacy, year after year.
Network Ten’s “The Project” noticed Em’s special something and hired her as a presenter in 2010.
Em has been with “The Project” since its first week on air and has presented many stories including “Behind the Scenes of Master Chef in New York”. Em also regularly presents the “Metro Whip” segment as Melbourne’s correspondent.
In 2011 and 2012 Em appeared on the “The Circle” a number of times as a guest host.
In 2011 Em thought she would try her hand at cabaret and so she wrote, produced, directed and starred in “The Saintly Bitch Sings”.
It was received so well she decided to enter a show into the 2012 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. “Em Rusciano – The Musical!” sold out well before the run started and she received a prestigious Green Room award nomination for her efforts.
The 2013 Melbourne international Comedy festival was calling her name so Em wrote another one woman show called “Puberty Rhythm and Blues”. Even though it was her first MICF it was a smash; she sold out her season, added extra shows and received rave reviews including four and a half starts from The Herald Sun and five stars from Theatre people. During the festival Em was selected to perform in the “Ladies Out Loud” comedy show alongside some of the countries leading women in comedy.
Em writes weekly for the immensely popular website Mamamia.com.au. Her columns have a huge cult following attracting hundreds of thousands of hits. Website founder and editor Mia Freedman was so impressed with Em’s work she asked her to host the radio extension of the site Mamamia radio with comedian Dave Thornton on the Southern Cross Austereo network.
As a writer Em also contributes to TV week, The Herald Sun, Cosmo and various other news websites.
Em has a strong social media presence with over 35,000 followers.
Em was asked to be a driver in the 2013 Celebrity Grand Prix, an intense week of training and media commitments followed and even though Em didn’t officially finish (due to crashing out in the final race) she feels she left a lasting impression on the Albert Park circuit (the entire front half of her car to be exact!)
Em has recently been named as an ambassador for Beyond Blue and the face of their 2013 Post Natal Depression “Just Speak Up” campaign.
Name : Em Rusciano