We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Cobb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I feel that too many of us in the media industry are caught up on snappy headlines, tweets, likes, shares and traffic, that the human element of building and developing relationships is lost. Building and maintaining relationships is key because you know you have a person/contact you can rely and count on, and also a potential new partner/ally down the road if you need them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is boudoir, lingerie and implied photography. What I feel sets it apart is how I should in allowing subjects to freely and creatively express themselves in their truest form. To me, nothing is more beautiful and sensual than seeing a confident woman strut and show her inner diva. They say that confidence is sexy. And my aim and goal is to capture the female form at its highest!
There have been various challenges such as dealing with unprofessional self-absorbed bullies to control freaks, but how I dealt with it was take the high road, never work with them again and keep it moving. I had such an experience in Chicago with a self-described Canadian fitness model, who tried to bully and intimidate me during our shoot.
I laid down the rules and what was going to happen, powered thru it and moved forward from there. It’s sad that while she was a very attractive and sexy woman to shoot, her attitude and excessive Botox obsession didn’t exactly align with who I like to shoot and photograph. Attitude is everything, and it was a teaching moment that ironically helped me evolved and grow to where I am now.
What I want people to know about INSCMagazine and INSC Media & Photography, is that we strive for style, class, empowerment and professionalism above all else.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, since I’m from Cleveland, I would first take them to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and see some of the many cool exhibits. Then, I’d take them to world-renowned “Iron Chef’ Michael Symon’s, Mabel down on East 4th for lunch. After that, I’d take them out to University Circle and show them the ‘Cleveland Museum of Art” and check out some of the exhibits. For dinner I’d take them to Mama Santo’s in Little Italy for some great Italian food, before heading “up the hill” into my old stomping grounds, Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights for some bohemian-artsy style shopping.
I would also take them to my fave neighborhood, Ohio City and our open market, The West Side Market to shop for fresh produce. Next I’d take them to the very hip and trendy Town Hall restaurant from some great GMO food and lovely back open patio area.
Lastly, I’d take them to Banter over on Detroit Ave for some of my favorite dishes, the Canadian delicacy, poutine. Yummy!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes! The one person I want to formally recognize and acknowledge is the very talented, hard-working Raquel Baldelomar, CEO of medical marketing firm, Quaintise.
A published author, entrepreneur and businesswoman, I had the honor of interviewing and featuring her on INSC, as we discussed her book, “Sugar Crush” and most recently flew out to Los Angeles to do a portrait photo shoot in the DTLA Arts District for her second upcoming book, “Padre Issues”.
During our time in Los Angeles, we formed a deep, special and tight bond, personally and professionally during our time together.
Perhaps my fondest memory with Ms. Baldelomar was when we hiked Baldwin Hills, as it was my first time ever hiking up steps like that, my thighs and hamstrings started to burn, and my asthma starting to get to me, she didn’t let me quit or give up.
Paraphrasing, she told me, “there is often a little pain that comes with reaching the top for success”. At the end, I reached the top, and thanks to her the view–as well as the burning pain in my legs–was well worth it.
Ms. Baldelomar is someone who has quickly become someone that I respect, love and care about, and worthy of not only of a shootout, but also recognize as an amazing woman and motivator.
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