On October 20, 2013, Emily Shah, an 18-year-old resident of Edison, New Jersey won the title of Miss New Jersey USA 2014 at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel. Emily is currently working as an assistant director on several Hollywood projects. At the age of 2, Shah was immersed into the performing arts as a dancer and actress at Miss Carol’s School of Performing Arts in Piscataway, New Jersey. Emily began intense ballet training at American Repertory’s Princeton Ballet and at the age of 13, was selected in the dance troupe and became a dance teacher at Stage Stars in NJ. Emily took several acting courses in Los Angeles, NYC and India over the years, Weist-Barron, New York Film Academy, Lee Strasberg’s Institute of Film and Theater, and Madumati’s Dance & Acting Academy in Hindi for Bollywood. While pursuing her acting career, Emily managed her high school’s baseball team for three years.
Emily has also committed much time into charity. She has worked with the Kessler Foundation, Make-a-Wish, Joyful Heart, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Susan G Koman, Becca’s Closet, and Autism Awareness just to name a few. One cause that is very important to Emily is the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation. This specific charity reaches out to pediatric hospitals and build’s teen lounges with technology and entertainment for patients to relax and unwind while undergoing treatment. Emily has been working with this charity since the age of 15 and they recently named her as the official ambassador.
After graduating high school, Emily endured several opportunities in the entertainment industry. After working with the stunt director on Captain America 2, she landed an assistant job to Clint Eastwood on Jersey Boys (based on the musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.) Emily then moved on to working with the stunt team on Ed Harris and Liam Neeson’s film “Run all Night.”
Emily is planning on working on a couple of projects in the near future as an assistant director again. She wants to learn the techniques behind the camera and appreciate the efforts of the production before she gets in front of the camera. She also plans on continuing her college education while gaining creative experience. Emily is planning to attend the adult program at New York Film Academy in 2014 and is determined to become an actress. It is her desire to work in action films and says that her dream job would to become a “James Bond Girl” or even the next Agent Salt. Speaking Hindi and Gujarati fluently, Shah wouldn’t mind having a crossover career in Hollywood and Bollywood.
Emily Shah is the youngest Miss New Jersey USA yet and will be one of the youngest contestants at Miss USA. Her goal is to bring the Miss USA crown home for New Jersey for the first time. She always says that she has built her life and has not just lived in one. Emily’s parents and grandparents have made her who she is today and she would not have been as successful without the support of her sister Lindsay, brother Josh, cousin Rubeena and aunt Liz.