Emilee Dover, Art Director, is the spotlight of our January employee profile. We sat down for a Q&A to deep dive into her refreshing way of thinking and insightful vision that drives our team every day.
Tell us about where you grew up?
For most of my childhood, we lived across from an Olmsted park in the south end of Louisville, Kentucky. That meant sledding down the hill by the amphitheater, watching my dad run races in races through the park, or practicing soccer with my brother. I spent most of my time under birch trees or playing barefoot in thunderstorms (which seems a bit unsafe in retrospect).
The city always changes so much in the spring because Derby rolls through. It’s this strange mix of debauchery and mud mixed with the beauty of spring and this strong sense of welcoming and community.
What brand is your personality most aligned with?
I love what Girlboss and other female, community-based brands are doing. They are the perfect mix between slight irreverence and determination. Those two words seem fitting for me.
What led you to choosing this profession?
My parents buying me that 96 pack of Crayola crayons. You know the one with the built-in sharpener? I’m pretty sure that’s what did it. Ever since then I’ve been trying to figure out the best situations to color outside the lines (I know, I know).
Who inspires you? Who do you aspire to be like?
Unapologetic changemakers. It is a delicate balance between being too risk averse and missing opportunities. I love learning from those that have figured out that balance.
What’s your most irrational fear?
A zombie apocalypse.
If you could keep only 5 possessions, what would they be?
Is this like a survival situation? Was there a controlled burn of my house? I guess I’d say: my grandmother’s ring, everything balm, my favorite vintage tee, my stereo system and my lavender plant.
What are you drinking come five o’clock?
Realistically – La Croix, Idealistically – some pinot.
Best restaurant in Denver?
Fire on the Mountain is my easy go-to.
What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? Ever?
I have a lot of half-read books sitting on the shelf. But I just finished The Immortalist. A group of siblings visit a traveling psychic that tells them the day they are going to die. There are so many elements of this book that I loved about including it being based in my chosen “time travel” year – 1969.
When you’re in need of creative inspiration, where do you go? What do you do?
I typically take a journey to an antique mall. It always helps break me out of a creative slump.
What was the last picture you took with your phone?
An empty, old milk jug of which I loved the lettering design.
If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?
Don’t worry about it. Things work out the way they do for good reason.
What’s your favorite thing about working at BrandJuice?
Being surrounded by so many strong females.
Follow along on our social media over the coming weeks to find out more about what Emilee’s life is like when she’s not cultivating creative at BrandJuice.