We had the good fortune of connecting with Toni Cooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Toni, why did you pursue a creative career?
I personally pursued a creative career because I felt as if it was aligned for me. I feel as if its my purpose to create an environment so big for people who are like me that also experience(d) hardships but did not give up.
Growing up, what I am doing now was not supported. To be honest, the only thing that was supported heavy was if you were playing football as a male or trying to become a doctor or lawyer as a female or male. Being a full time creative is rare for people to grasp. Especially for the older generation.
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.
“uL” is an acronym with multiple meanings that relate to any and everybody who is doing what they want to do and not what they feel as if they have to do. I got to where am I today by being consistent. I started uL as a hashtag in highschool and stuck with it ever since. I overcame my challenges by understanding certain things were temporary and allowing myself to see what it is that God/the Universe had intended for me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spot in the city will always depend on where I am at the time. When I’m in LA, it’s easily Melrose Ave because I am a thrift head and LA is the thrift capital. When I’m back home in Miami, it’s Wynwood because of the great food and artistic ambiance.
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?
2. The Four Agreements was a book of wisdom that helped me maneuver and forgive a lot things that I felt were holding me back. If it weren’t for my Mom motivating me to go to Howard University, I definitely would’ve been a bit behind on going after everything I deserve.
My brother, who was murdered in the year of 2019, really inspired me to go after everything I ever wanted to do because not only is life short, but sometimes you get caught up in doing everything but what you want to do.