We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Kobrin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is a part of being an artist. You don’t get anywhere without putting your art and yourself out there.
Getting over the fear of rejection, judgement, etc, that goes along with risks can be hard, but it’s absolutely necessary.
I was offered an entry level job at a luxury retail brand while in college.
I decided that leaving college and dedicating myself, to working my way up in the company, would be the best way to learn and gain experience.
Some of my most fruitful connections have come from just reaching out to artists I admire.
It feels like a risk, but you have nothing to lose except maybe bruising to your ego, by cold calling people in your industry.
My dad always told me “You’re going to get 100 NO’s before you get 1 YES.”
Most of those who say YES have turned out to be some of my closest friends!
Sharing rough ideas feels incredibly risky and vulnerable.
Every time I pitch something, I get butterflies.
Was I concise enough? Will they get it? Will they connect with it?
But the butterflies are also the best part of creating!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a wardrobe stylist and creative consultant.
Being a creative is never easy. It takes over your life, or you’re not doing it right.
Finding new inspiration and setting goals keeps me motivated.
I’m proud of the art I’ve had the pleasure to create visual art and the relationships I’ve made through art.
My favorite part about my job is creating characters and the worlds they live in.
Who the person is, where they exist, what they wear, and how they act.
Presentation is a window into a persons soul.
What people decide to wear is a physical representation of our self-prescribed character.
“Movie magic” was swiftly ripped away by my dad at the ripe age 3. The upside was my love for details instantly became fascination. Every ribbon, every glass, every stutter, every curl, every window was an intentional choice. Which then, in turn, made me aware that every photo in every magazine, museum, and billboard was precisely produced or presented.
My love for film, fashion and fine art was born.
Lessons I’ve learned:
– be kind to everyone you work with (and everyone else too)
– communication is key
– your book and contacts are everything
– invest in your art and tools
– learn everything you can about other people’s roles
– save your money (payment can take ages)
– take time for yourself… no one does their best work when burnt out
– keep yourself accountable
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I spend most of my free time eating and/or drinking. Museums and galleries are always a treat, just depends on the current exhibits!
Long drives into Malibu, listening to music, are truly a perfect thing.
Where to eat/drink/hang:
Just What I Kneaded
Taco Zone truck on Alvarez – mulitas are a must
Little Doms – the pancakes are 10/10
fruit stands – specifically in front of Griffith Park
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First off: my parents! Both incredibly talented creatives who worked in the film industry.
They’ve since pivoted, but still very much creative, hard working problem solvers.
Their knowledge of the freelance world has prepared me for the best and the worst parts of my career.
My first mentors in the industry, Lisa Keshtkar and Donna Karan, were instrumental in making me the creative I am today.
I’m so blessed to have learned from truly the best in the industry.
To all of my collaborators, thank you for working side by side and pushing me to become a better artist and professional.
Foxes Magazine – Erick the Architect – Ben Cope Nasty Magazine – “Gemini” – Brian Ziff Anna Tunhav – Cam Diamond Off The Rails Magazine – “Midge” – Sarah Pardini Hailee Lautenbach – Ben Cope Brasko + Clarice Cormier – Natasha Ribeiro-Austrich Foxes Magazine – Zolee Griggs – Wolfe & Von