Beautiful Girl of the Week: Emily! An art teacher, entrepreneur and lover extraordinaire!

Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions!  We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!

I met Emily of www.emilycobett.com while we taught art together at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. If you hang out with me you’ll quickly notice that Emily is the artist behind my awesome Rewrite Beautiful Vans and was the artist painting on the surfboard at the TELEIOS Art Show. Everyone loves Emily for her galactically awesome art lessons balanced with her gentle demeanor. Having her amount of talent you would imagine she would be a TAD full of herself, but she’s completely down to earth! Whether you’re an 8 year old with ADD or an 80 year who can’t find their way to the Ceramic Studio, Emily gives the utmost love, care and resptect to both. You’ll see from our interview that this woman is incredibly multi-dimensional! Enjoy beautifuls!

Irvina: Emily love! Thanks for talking to us today my honey bunny! So tell our Rewriter’s, what is a fun project you’re currently working on?

Emily: I'm constantly trying to better myself as an artist and as an entrepreneur. When I'm not working on an art piece for a client, I work on projects for myself. I try to think of challenging projects that will help me learn and will better my skills. Soon, I'll be painting a large mural in my living room. It's been a while since I've painted on such a large scale, and I'm excited to see how it will transform my living space. Aside from my artsy endeavors, I'm also in the midst of planning my totally awesome backyard wedding to my love of 8 years. We're excited to have a celebration that is unique to us with our closest loved ones by our sides.

Irvina: Awwwwwwwwwwwwe! Congratulations! Tell Shawn that I say “You’re one lucky dude! So Em, what are you passionate about?

Emily: My 3 favorite things in life are art, music, and nature. These three things are so important to me and help me stay true to who I am. Art: Having been an artist my whole life, I'm in my most happiest 'happy spot' when I've got all my tools out and my creative ideas are flowing. I could be enameling on a surfboard, or just doodling on my shopping list. When I'm creating art, I have a warmth in my heart that is so comforting. Music: I don't know about you, but for me, everyday has a soundtrack. I usually feel like I can't function unless there's music playing. My 'soundtrack' is an eclectic mix of all types. Somedays are driven by the easy sway of a reggae beat, whereas other days need a little more 'oomph' from the quick double bass of something a little more hardcore. Playing drums used to be a big part of my life. Absorbing and putting out music is a whole different type of art, and is something I'm very passionate about. Lastly, Nature: Nature is my reset button. We all get overwhelmed and stressed from time to time. Some more than others. When I feel like this, I say it's time for a 'nature fix'. Nothing clears my mind and rearranges my thoughts better than some quality time with the earth. I see all of the beauty that's just lying there, waiting to be seen, and it reminds me of how simple life can be. It's reminds me to appreciate the little things, and how 'big issues' really aren't that big. Mother nature = my therapy of choice.

Irvina: Wow Em, you are my favorite hippy girl! I looooooooove nature too. We are so friggin’ blessed to live right on the coast! It’s crazy amazing what we get to experience right outside our door! So love, what do you do for fun?

Emily:  I love to paint. I love creating art of all types. I'm grateful to have a career that stems from my passion, but when I have a day off and I have the option to create art for myself, being ANYTHING I want, that's the best. When I get the opportunity to just create freely, that's when my art evolves, and new ideas pop up that turn into bigger projects.

Irvina: Seriously! I can’t wait to see this mural you’re doing in your living room! So exciting! So, kind of random, but what is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Emily: The craziest thing I've ever done? MAN. Well, I almost gave up doing art. Like, completely stopped creating, and tried to force myself to change into someone else. Crazy huh? I went through a time where I thought I couldn't stay true to who I was if I ever wanted to 'make it' in the world. I thought, there's no way I could continue doing art like I do, and manage to actually move out of my parents house before I'm 89563 years old. So, I went to find a job for my alternate self. I got a job at the local Vet's office. I LOVE animals, always have, sometimes more than humans. I thought that could be a fitting alternative to my dream world as an artist. I only lasted about 3 months before I broke down. The longer I lied to myself, and tried to force something that wasn't meant to be, the more miserable I became. It was nothing against the job, it was the fact that I was repressing my true self. I ended up crying in my bosses office, blubbering about how I loved animals, but I loved art more than anything. He was gracious, and I'm grateful that he listened and understood my change of heart. I quit that day, with nothing else lined up. But I still felt ok, because it was a step in the right direction of being true to myself again. About a month later I found a job as an art instructor. I gave it a shot, and I've been doing that now for almost 4 years. I felt whole again. I don't regret trying an alternative career, I gained A LOT of knowledge that I'm grateful for. But I was CRAZY to think I had to completely change who I was to succeed in any way.

Irvina: Wow, that is a HUGE lesson to learn. You have so much gifting in art, I can’t imagine you doing anything else. I guess it goes to show that even very, very talented people doubt themselves at time too. That makes me feel a little less crazy ;) So Whether it’s a hobby, a job or friendships what do you contribute to the world that you’re most proud of?

Emily: I contribute my talent of art to the world. I believe that art should be accessible by anyone, anytime. I try to create pieces that can be used/enjoyed on an everyday basis, while also keeping prices reasonable. I don't think anyone should cash out their life savings for a painting. As artists, we are given our talent to share with the world, not to put a hefty price tag on it and dangle it like a carrot. I enjoy working with clients to come up with totally original ideas while creating unique pieces of art, that hold a special meaning to them. You can see examples of my work at www.emilycobett.com.

Irvina: Jeez, talk about showing us all up! So, which action of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS and STRENGTH do you think you most exhibit in your community and WHY?

Emily: I try my best to exhibit creativity and kindness on a day to day basis. As an art instructor teaching children 3-12 years old, I meet so many young ones who are afraid they're going to make a mistake, or execute something incorrectly. I have the opportunity to teach my favorite lesson everyday, and that is 'THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN ART'. I work with the children, and teach them to not be so hard on themselves. Art is to be created freely, with no boundaries. Once they understand how limitless art can be, they blow us all away with their masterpieces. Through my own experiences, I've learned how hard it can be to follow your dreams, and be true to yourself. It's something you have to constantly be aware of and strive for. Working with the youth of my community, I'm given a voice to teach about how possible it IS to be whatever you want when you grow up. I had a conversation with a little girl who was about 6 years old a few weeks ago, and we were speaking about jobs. She asked if painting was my favorite thing to do, and I assured her "OH YES, It's most definitely my favorite thing!" And she was quick to understand that it's how I earned a living as well. I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she started to say she could be a doctor, or maybe a dentist. She was telling me what her parents wanted her to be. She was stuck and couldn't tell me what she wanted to be, so I asked her, "what are you good at, and like to do the most?". And she loudly screamed "JUMPROPE", I'M REALLY REALLY GOOD AT JUMPROPE".... and she lit up with a spark of excitement! I told her maybe she could be a professional jump roper! She looked at me with so much hope. She had never been told before that she had options. Maybe she will grow up to be a doctor, or a dentist, or a stay at home mommy, but in the meantime she will jump rope like she has never jumped rope before! {You GO girl!}

Irvina: Awe! That’s an adorable story! Wow! Who knows where that could lead!? Thank you. Who is the most beautiful woman you know and why?

Emily: Mommy. My mom raised me serving the perfect cocktail of guidance, and freedom, that enabled me to grow up with morals, and a sense of self that I'm blessed to know. She, alongside my father showed me 'the way' to be. They are both so LOVING. Not just loving towards family, but friends and neighbors too. If there was ever a friend in need, they showed me to have compassion. If there were hard times, they showed me to stay positive and strong. My mom is still a rock that I can lean on whenever I need it. She may not understand me at times, but she shows acceptance and compassion no matter what. She may not agree with me always, but she still loves me for who I am. THAT is beautiful.

Irvina: Indeed VERY Beautiful. What do you wish young women knew about beauty?

I wish young women understood that their beauty is not defined by the color of their skin, or the size of their jeans. It's not defined by freckles or stretch marks. What is beautiful, is being true to who you really are, and allowing others in to be a part of it. I wish young women realized that life is not about pleasing others. And it's not about being totally selfish and conceited either. It's a balance, of being your true self, LOVING your true self, and sharing what you have to offer with others.

Irvina: Thank you for speaking with us Em! You’re a truly BEAUTIFUL Girl! Xoxo 

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