We had the good fortune of connecting with Katina Cooper-Rabb and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katina, why did you pursue a creative career?
I really believe I was predestined to follow a creative career path. I started out in the corporate world but like most creatives,  I always loved drawing and using your hands. I would find myself doodling at work or anytime I was near some paper and a pen. People would always say I was good with my hands. Once, I started having children, I found out quickly how hard it was to balance work and family. After, my son had gotten really ill and my job was pressuring me to come in to work instead of taking care of son. I realized corporate was not for me anymore. My family was more important! So I later resigned and enrolled in cosmetology school where I could finally have more control over my life. Once I graduated and found a salon to build my clientele. I  decided  join the B. Adams styling team and started participating in multiple hair shows/competitions. I would sketch ideas for hair designs and stage props/designs.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started painting after attending a paint party with some friends. The experience was so relaxing and therapeutic. I just remember telling the girls that night, “I’m going to start doing this more often”.  Eventually, I did just that. I began sharing my art on instagram which evolved into me being commissioned for custom artwork. This gave me the confidence to finally start my first YouTube channel called Kooler Denim, in which,  I share weekly DIY tutorials. This was a major milestone for me. I constantly get asked how I come up with certain designs and now I can share the process with other creatives and like minded people. So, I would say create a plan of action with realistic goals and concur then one at a time.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First stop would be Jonathon’s Place in the a Bishop Arts District for brunch. Then, to Rainbow Vomit, an interactive art experience. After that,  we’d grab some food and margaritas from Gloria’s Latin Cuisine in Uptown. Take a nap, then get glammed up to go to a comedy show at Arlington Improv for a few good laughs.

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?
The B. Adams and Influance Style Team played a huge part in who I am today. I gained alot of valuable knowledge that I still utilize in my personal and business life today.

Website: http://koolerdenim.godaddysites.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_nfr94Jt8V/?igshid=1gwbeup3k7fbv
Facebook: Kooler Denim
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdyOqCn9Z0Vf7bcGcJhRgbw

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