We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabel Cooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabel, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
With my moon being in Libra, balance is a very important aspect in my life. In order to feel fulfilled in my work and personal life, I allow myself the weekend to recharge and become reinspired by my surroundings. Pre-covid my life was always on the go. I would go to school downtown during the day, and then run and take the metro to North Hollywood for a night of dance classes. In present times, my everyday routine is completely different, however still very consistent. Monday-Thursday I have online school from 9am-7:45pm. On these days I structure my routine in a similar way in order to add structure to my life, which brings me comfort seeing as I am a Taurus sun! The weekends then, are a time to be spontaneous. To explore new places, try new foods, and go out in nature, bringing a much needed sense of inner peace to my soul. It also gives me time to create and collaborate with other artists, whether that be photographers, or fellow dancers, which I am extremely passionate about. Balance is a necessary factor in life. It definitely fills my cup up, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to realign my sense of balance as my life changes everyday.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A couple of years ago I began to use the program Adobe Premiere Pro to edit videos that I would create, and evidently it has turned into a constant passion throughout my life. I really love every aspect of creating, whether it be producing, choreographing, dancing, or editing. It all stems from music. When I hear a song that inspires me I see a vision. It could be an outfit, a location, or choreography, and once I get all of these ideas jotted down in my notes, I can formulate in real life what I see in my head. I then call on my friends to help me create what I envision and later, I post it to both instagram and TikTok to share it with the world. When ideas come to completion, it is truly the most fulfilling feeling that I have ever experienced within my 19 years on this Earth, and I am so excited to see what my friends and I will make next.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I hope if my hometown friends see this, they know this is a plea for them to come visit me soon;) There are so many places all over that I would love to take my friends to so that they can experience them. I personally love to go to the beach, so I would definitely take my friends to Point Dume or El Matador in Malibu. Both of these beaches have the most breathtaking views of the ocean and rocks, and the water is always fun to swim in. I also would love to take my friends hiking. Specifically to Switzer Falls in Tujunga. The last time I went, my friends and I reached this canyon in between multiple mountains which was just incredible. We could hear the echos of our voices and after meditating, we even began to use our energy to move the wind. It was ethereal. Surrounding the Los Angeles area are some of the most beautiful sights I have ever witnessed in my life, so I would absolutely love for my friends back home to go on some adventures with me. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shoutout my fellow Hussian College Los Angeles students. All of the friends that I have made at my school are so unique and talented in their own special way. Whether they are a film, acting, dance or musical theatre major, everyone is so dedicated to their craft which always inspires me to do the same. Our school is all about collaboration, and because of the pandemic, I have felt this now more than ever. With school being online and remote, it has allowed me and my friends time to collaborate on multiple projects and create art that may have never come to fruition if we had been at school. I have had several photoshoots with friends (John Landry, Leo Glam, Macee Eppard, and Iyana Monet-photos included), as well as other collaborations on creative videos, and dance choreography as well. I love the connections that I have made in LA, and I am so grateful for the friends that I can create with.
John Landry, Leo Glam, Macee Eppard, Iyana Monet