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“Intentionally going out of your way to find artists that aren’t at the top really goes a long way. Being able to provide opportunities for people is huge.”
Emonee’s dad loved having art around him. “He recreated masterworks on the walls of our house.” He was also passionate about music, which made Emonee want to work on music videos. She made “cheesy little music videos” with her sister that her parents loved. “If I hadn’t had that support system, maybe I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Emonee worked towards becoming a cinematographer but found that, as a woman, there were many obstacles that made it difficult for her to see a future in it. She used that energy to focus her time learning motion graphics.
Emonee has specialized in motion graphics for 7 years, taking an advanced motion methods class at School of Motion.
She has worked with the likes of Kayne West, John Legend, Ty Dolla $ign, FKA Twigs, Lil Nas X, Dababy, Jhene Aiko, Tory Lanez, ScHoolboy Q, DanceGavinDance, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. At CBS in Sacramento, Emonee won 2 Emmy Awards for her work on CBS News and GoodDay Sacramento. She has received 4 Emmy nominations in the past 3 years. Her naysayers must be kicking themselves!
Emonee is the founder and CEO of Pamanama Studios LLC, a minority-owned studio of diverse global artists who produce top-of-the-line lyric videos. Photographer Jay Silva invited her to TIMEPieces: “It changed my world. He went out on a limb and gave me an opportunity.”
Emonee’s first collection dropped on Nifty Gateway, and the SuperRare Genesis collaboration ‘The Ascent of Existence’ was one of the platform’s few motion graphics pieces. In 2022, she was chosen as one of 3 digital artists for the Grammy Awards and OneOf’s NFT partnership. Emonee has collaborated with several artists in the space. On curating events, she says, “Intentionally going out of your way to find artists that aren’t at the top really goes a long way. Being able to provide opportunities for people is huge.”
Emonee is the founder of the non-profit organization, Jumpstart Designers, who provide computers, digital art programs, and educational courses to children in underserved communities. “We see that there is a lack of color in the space. A big contribution to that is lack of accessibility. There are a lot of kids left in the dark strictly because of that.” Jumpstart Designers’ partnerships with innovative companies in creative, NFT, and hardware sectors will enable the next generation of designers to drive the creative industry forward.
And if she wants to, Emonee can wear butterflies in her hair to work!