YPDaily: Emily Cooper

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I’m a photo collage artist that creates illustrations for theatre companies across Canada. I work mostly with vintage images so research is a big part of my job, and my studio looks like an explosion from the 1800s.

Why did you start working at your company?
I’ve always been an artist at heart, but after I graduated from school with so much encouragement from my professors, I became very serious about starting my own business. When I started winning awards for my artwork, and being approached by galleries, I was gaining momentum and clients started falling into my lap. 

What was the inspiration for this career route?
Being raised in a creative family with actors, designers, and photographers as my mentors, it was inevitable that I would have the same passion for the arts. Spending my childhood backstage and being around larger than life sets, I was always fascinated by the surreal. It’s what I enjoy illustrating the most.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis?
My job is to explore my imagination, it doesn’t get any better than that! Everything is possible. The most challenging part? Everything is possible! Since I work with Photoshop to create my collages, every layer can be changed. Colour, opacity, shape, placement, there are endless possibilities. At the end of the day, deciding what to eat can feel overwhelming!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to illustrate book covers and do editorial illustrations. Eventually I’d love to create a solid collaborative team that works together on every project.

What does success look like to you?
Finding a balance between your passions and your hobbies. I’m a workaholic and at times I have to remember to find time for the people I love and the other passions I have.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Winning both the Communication Arts and the Applied Arts award was such an honour this year. There are so many talented artists out there, and I was tickled pink to be sitting amongst them.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Follow your dreams. It takes hard work and dedication to become an artist, but if you’re passionate about it, you will succeed.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I donate artwork to different arts organizations in Vancouver. It’s important to me that we support each other in the arts. Vancouver especially since the industry has been drastically cut by the government and many companies are in need.

What to you is notable?
The ability to keep inspired and to inspire others.

Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
Nothing fancy schmancy. I’m resistant to being connected at all times, but am secretly envious of the iPhone. 

Feel free to check out Emily’s website to see her work here.