Get to know CAM Ambassador Emily Irwin with this Q & A!
What brought you to UC Denver, and specifically the College of Arts and Media?
I’m a transfer student from a university that was completely centered on classical music but I have been going to school here for about 3 semesters. I have known almost my entire life that I was going to do something with music. As I got older the business side of the music industry piqued my interest. CU Denver and specifically CAM’s programs and teachers are what ultimately pulled me in and made me want to move schools.
What concentration do you find yourself leaning towards the most? Why? When did you get started?
I’m finding myself drawn to publishing in a big way. However, I work for a music festival and I love that as well. As of right now, I’m just keeping my options open and trying to get involved in as much as I can!
What helps you get inspired?
Listening to music. As cliché as that sounds, everything I want to do ultimately ends in what I will be listening to. Nothing makes me want to work harder.
Do you have any rituals to get yourself motivated when you work?
I always make myself a cup of tea or coffee and make sure that the place I’m working in is comfortable and I won’t be distracted. Then I put on my headphones and get to work.
Where is the best place to see art, in your opinion?
Just look around! We see art around us every day. I believe it’s the things I’m not expecting to see that surprise me and inspire me the most.
Do you think travelling while representing CAM has been a fulfilling experience? Why?
Absolutely!!! I have always been a strong believer in the idea that traveling and seeing the world can teach you as much, if not more, that what you can be taught in a classroom.
What is your favorite part of being in the CAM program?
I love meeting new people and making lasting connections. Being able to go to shows at venues all over to Denver to see my friends play and collaborating
What would you say to yourself five years ago?
I would tell myself to ignore what people are saying about
What is your favorite movie/film that you’ve ever seen?
I honestly don’t think I have a favorite movie. I love all of the Avengers movies, but I don’t think I could pick a favorite.
Who is your favorite non-mainstream artist and why?
My favorite non-mainstream artist is Lynx. I saw her play at the block party last semester and I’ve been hooked on her music ever since!
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done for your art? Do you regret it?
I stood in a freezing cold pool last winter for over an hour holding a giant mirror we tore off of my friend’s bathroom wall to get a cool shot for a video. I don’t regret (now) it because the final product turned out so well, but the me that had the flu for the following week might have.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is Maddie Casey, a graduate of the music business program. She has worked with some incredible people and is so driven, while still being the nicest person you’ll ever meet.
Do you think anything can be art? Explain
Art is personally subjective. If you create it and you think it’s art, then it’s art.
If you had to create a new crayon, what color and name would it be and why?
I want to create a rainbow crayon (even though I’m pretty sure that already exists) so that as you’re drawing the colors change. I think it would make drawing stick figures and basic flowers (which are the only things I’m good at when it comes to visual art) a lot more fun!
What is your favorite location to go to in Denver?
DPAC (Denver Performing Arts Complex) especially during summer events going on downtown. There are so many things to see and do around that area.
Where is your hometown?
What hobbies do you enjoy?
Travel, going to shows, and tennis