We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Cash and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Laura, why did you pursue a creative career?
The decision to pursue an artistic career was both challenging and simple for me. Growing up I had a natural talent and affinity towards arts. I remember my grandpa teaching me to draw palm trees, making arts and craft at home. I was constantly sketching, and I took art classes in school. Growing up, I was good at most things, but art was the one area in which I truly excelled in. In this way, it made my decision to pursue art a lot easier. I couldn’t see myself being happy in a career that wasn’t creative in some way. The challenging part of this decision mostly had to deal with outsider’s perspectives. Members of my family were very dismissive of art, and didn’t think I could make a career for myself by doing what I loved. I had to do a lot of convincing to change their minds, but in the end I am working towards my goals, and eventually will be able to prove it to them. 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is essentially an extension of myself. It’s a little weird, a little wild and a lot of fun. I view my work as a form of creative experimentation. Each project was an opportunity for me to try some new technique or program to widen my field of knowledge. This is why my work is so varied stylistically, because I am constantly trying out things that I think will be fun or interesting. If you go through my catalogue of work you can get a sense of what I was interested in at the time, or what I was feeling. Despite my work being so diverse, it all reflects different facets of me. Now that I am finished with my MFA and looking for work, I will hopefully be able to put all my knowledge to use, continue to challenge myself creatively and keep making engaging art.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I personally, am a bit of a recluse and rarely go out. However, when I do decide to go out, there are a few places I love to go. One place is would recommend a visit to is Honey Bubble. It’s an awesome bubble tea place, with a chill and artsy aesthetic to it. I love this place so much, I’ve been going to them since 2015 and at one point I was severely addicted to their coffee bubble tea. Another place I love going to is Atlantic Station. I love walking around there, window shopping, and sometimes actual shopping. It’s a great place to spend a day looking around, there’s even the Bodies museum there, which spooked my grandma out when she visited. Also, don’t forget to get some Kilwin’s chocolate (you’ll thank me later). And after all that chocolate, I’d recommend working off those extra calories by checking out Dance 411 Studios, where they offer various different dance classes.

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’d like to give out a shoutout to my lovely professors, Christina Maloney and Alessandro Imperato. Throughout my artistic journey they have mentored me and helped me grow not only as a Motion Designer, but also as a person. I have a great amount of admiration for both of them and I wouldn’t be here today if not for them. They work extremely diligently for their students, and I think it’s important to acknowledge teachers and all the work that they do.

Website: www.thecoos.net
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coospuff/
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-cash-0532b1127/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoF7rc2Cqm-2cn9GPNySPyA
Other: https://www.instagram.com/coosiepuff/

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