How Important Are the Daytime Emmys? Industry Insiders Speak Out!

Cliff Lipson/CBS
Cliff Lipson/CBS

There’s no doubt that the Daytime Emmy Awards play a large part of the daytime industry, but just how prevalent is the golden statue when it comes to the every day work lives of the people who make up the genre? Soap Opera Network spoke with performers, writers, producers and more to get their take on how often and how much the Emmys impact their work lives. Does the event and its promised accolades inspire them to work harder? Do they keep the Emmys in mind when filming, writing and performing scenes? And are the Emmy awards really necessary for the industry? There are varying opinions, so read on to find out what some of the genre’s heavy hitters had to say!

Basically everyone in daytime gets sucked into the glitz and glamour that comes along with the Emmys, but whether or not the system is important in the day-to-day is debatable, especially when it comes to whether or not the process inspires people to work harder in order to get recognition. “I think the Emmys definitely challenge you to want to do better work and strive to kind of push yourself,” opines “’s” (Caroline Spencer), who was nominated for her first award this year. “For me, it was like, ‘Wow, this is so amazing, and what an honor to be nominated with all of these wonderful people and people who I think are wonderful.’ Because I definitely feel for me, it makes me want to try harder, and if I don’t win, then to maybe get nominated again the next year, something like that.”

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Adds “’” (Kelly Andrews; ex-Dixie Cooney, “”): “We all feel the anticipation building up to the [Emmy] weekends, and I think people get much more excited, kind of thinking about, even if they’re not up for an Emmy this year, they think, ‘Well, maybe I should try a little harder or do a bit better for next year.’”

And even , executive producer and headwriter of “B&B,” believes that the Emmys have the ability to inspire members of the soap community to strive to be their best. “I think Emmys really do inspire all of the artists; sometimes it will be makeup or hair or the performers and writers,” he says, adding that it also inspires him. “It gets to be September, October, and I’m thinking, ‘Do we have Emmy shows?’ So there’s always a push at the end of the year for people who aren’t quite sure. But it’s wonderful in that respect, that it does drive people and inspire people to new heights.”

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  • Andrew Hass

    I’m sure the shows and the actors are proud when they win an Emmy or even nominated because it’s proof of the excellent work they do.However they may also know Emmys are not the be all end all because it doesn’t stop them from getting fired.Plus an Emmy nomination /win is for the work the shows and the actors did during the previous year and they might know what’s important now is what they do this year and in the future and not what they did in the past.

  • truth

    Well this Emmy game is above all about politic agenda..not so much about thankfully it doesn’t give you much points for your career..because they would not deserve it in my opnion. Most of the time this show is just shallow self-congratulation..therefore a joke..but Daytime emmys is not the only awards show who is just sugary self-congratulation..on other mediums it is the same revolting joke..there is just few exceptions like Cannes Festival for example..where they chose most of the time winners on talent and interesting, challenging material..and sometimes..just sometimes the Oscars..but here again what matter the most is the ‘campaign’ for ONE freaking year so again political agenda..I really really don’t respect these vomit worthy awards shows..they meant NADA..except for the ego and in this industry they have enough without these shows.

  • molliesugar

    Daytime Emmys are the equivalent of a kids soccer league Participated Award.There are in the equivalent of Kentucky(or any state) inbred genealogy tree.

  • qarahiyo

    The daytime emmys is :inconsequential