@cohen || founder of gramming for good || based in SF

"Just make sure whatever you do, you’re passionate about it. Don’t waste time pursuing someone else’s dreams."

Tells us about yourself! Where are you from? What do you do and why do you do it?
I grew up in NY, just outside of Manhattan but now live in San Francisco. I work at Facebook where I’m a design manager on their Social Good and Goodwill team. I can’t really speak too much to my work but I’m drawn to working on projects and anything else that gives back. I live by the mantra ‘love your work, work your love’ and I really enjoy my work.

What was it that drew you to 100cameras?
I first came across 100cameras when I was looking for a nonprofit partner for a photo show I was helping to produce back in 2013. I loved the mission and the team behind 100cameras. Instant love! We’ve been friends ever since and I try to help them out whenever I can.

How has the power of storytelling impacted your life?
I feel lucky that I’ve been able to go to school, get a job, and live where I live. I know that there are so many people out there who are less fortunate and don’t have a voice. I try often to use my powers for good and help those who are less fortunate. I root for the underdog and think everyone’s story deserves to be told. I think that’s why I do a lot of volunteer work around dog rescue. Because someone needs to represent the animals! 

Tell us one fun fact about you... go!
I own about 40 pairs of sneakers.

What advice would you give to other artists and creatives that are hoping to live out their passions and change the world?
Just make sure whatever you do, you’re passionate about it. Don’t waste time pursuing someone else’s dreams. And if you are working to pay the bills, make sure you find time to do what makes you happy and brings you job. Block off personal time where you can work on your passion projects. Life may be busy, but definitely make time to do what you love. 

What inspires you and your work?
The idea that we can always improve and change is what keeps me moving forward. I’m always striving to better myself and my work. I look to find meaning in my work which is why a lot of my personal projects involve collaborating with nonprofit organizations. 

If you could launch a 100cameras project anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’d love to pursue a 100cameras project in Japan. It’s one of my favorite places to visit, I have friends there, and after the earthquake and tsunami, I’m always looking for ways to help some of the areas that were devastated. 

What does being on the Board of Creatives mean to you?
Being on the Board of Creatives means a lot to me and I’m really happy to be able to join the 100cameras family. My passions lay at the intersection of design and social good so anytime I can use these two at once I’m in my happy place. I think a great creative has the power to change and inspire people’s behaviors, thoughts and actions. Any chance I have to shape that for a social cause I’m happy to jump on board!