Part One - an interview with
Devin Emily Rollman (aka. Mermaid Emera)
|photo: Model Devin Emily|
So you're a professional mermaid, that's got to be exciting! Tell us shortly who you are and how you got into this unusual lifestyle?
My name is Devin Emily Rollman, I am the Greensboro Mermaid - Mermaid Emera!
I started after a longtime following of Hannah Mermaid, the foremost professional mermaid. She inspired me to chase my mermaid dreams and follow my path!
Who chose your Mermaid name and why?
I chose my name after a brief stint of going by the name Emma. I thought it would be pretty to have ‘Mer’ in my name, and thus came Emera! I still go by Emma to some people.
When did you realize you wanted to be a mermaid?
I actually believed I was a mermaid from a young age. I was raised by my grandparents and father and was separated from my birth mother until I was 16, and my family wouldn’t tell me very much about her. So as a young child and fan of Disney’s The Little Mermaid I thought that must mean there was a grand secret regarding my mother and why I was separated from her. So I deduced that because of my amazing swimming abilities and love of water, my mother must have been a mermaid and so must I! For my whole childhood and adolescence, I believed I was a mermaid and spent much time waiting for my tail to form. Unfortunately, it never came. So I decided to become one by my own means! I did eventually meet my birth mother, and though she is not a mermaid, she is a wonderful woman whom I am blessed to call my Mom!
What do you love and like less about your hobby/job?
My favorite thing about my job and the main goal is to show little girls and boys that they can be whatever they want to be no matter what anyone says. My whole life was always consumed with an obsession with mermaids, and constantly I was made fun of for not only believing I was one but believing that mermaids were real at all. I want to send a message to all children and adults that no one can tell you what you can and can’t be when you grow up, and no one can tell you your dreams aren’t real.
My biggest struggle with my job would be children finding it hard to believe. I get many children who deliberately try to convince the others around them that I am not a real mermaid, which is very hard to deal with. My best armor for that is my acting experience and my realistic tail, both of which help me do my best to convince those of all ages that mermaids are real!
What's the best/coolest gig you've ever done?
My favorite gig will always be a child’s birthday party. I love to make the birthday boy or girl feel as special as can be, and my very favorite part of the job is the light in children’s eyes when they believe in mermaid magic!
Do you have any future goals as being a Mermaid?
My aim is to do aquarium performances. I can free dive 27 feet and breath hold for over a minute, and I specialize in underwater photos and videos so I would love to take my talents to a tank to inspire joy and awe in an aquarium.
What where you like in school?
I was definitely the outcast. I had pretty few friends and those friends that I did have moved on from me so I was very much a loner. But all that time spent by myself lent to some very big dreams and I’m grateful for that! Those friends that I did have knew of my love for mermaids, but I didn’t receive much support. It wasn’t until recently that people have begun showing interest in my craft and supporting me and my business! Since my childhood and schooldays, I have blossomed and grown into more of a people person. The many friends I have now are all fully supportive and often they help me with photos and video and accompany me to the pool for safety while I swim.
What inspires you?
Hannah Fraser, Eric Ducharme and all the other members of the mermaid community out chasing their dream! We are all on the same path and seeing the beauty of their work and the people and children they inspire really gives me drive to keep going when things get tough.
If there'd be a movie made about your life, who would play you and why?
I’ve thought long and hard about this, and truthfully I would prefer to play myself! My 11 year’s acting experience would sure come in handy, and it would make it much more realistic! I would hope the movie about my life would inspire people, and help anyone who feels like they can’t achieve their dreams to believe in themselves.
And lastly, do you have any social media's that people can find you and follow?
Absolutely! My Facebook page is simply www.facebook.com/MermaidEmera
My Instagram is @thegreensboromermaid
For bookings, I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.