Interview with Emily Duddy. ~ Joe Young

Every player would agree that pool needs all the help it can get.

From manufacturers to retailers, from leagues to professional players—everyone talks, few take action. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Duddy, WPBA’s 2010 Rookie of the Year and an enthusiastic ambassador for our sport. She frequents tournaments and events as much as she’s on social media promoting and supporting her sponsors. Keep your eye out for more to come from Emily Duddy!”

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born in Burbank, California. I lived in different SoCal cities until I was about eight years old. Then my dad settled in La Crescenta, where I went to high school at Crescenta Valley HS and my mom lived in Pasadena. Then I went back and forth between the two homes.

Q: Aside from your professional career in pool, do you have another occupation?

A: Yes. I am a catering/events manager for a large catering company named Restaurant Associates in NYC. I help manage parties for guests of 50 up to 2,000 at cultural centers & corporations all over the Tri-State area. The job is perfect for pool because I have a flexible schedule, I can work as much or as little as I want and I can travel when I need to for competition.

Q: How did you get into that?

A: My parents wore many hats growing up, but they both primarily worked in the food and events industry. My mom was a server in high end restaurants and my dad managed an event space in Hollywood. I really grew up in the service industry and it comes natural to me.

When I moved to NYC in June of 2007 to pursue pool I began working in restaurants; however, it was difficult to play tournaments on the weekends. So I started looking for a job with more flexibility and less weekend wo