Before turning 27, director and animator Emonee LaRussa has two Emmys to her name and has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Megan Thee Stallion, and John Legend to name a few.
As one of the few women of color in the industry, LaRussa is pioneering the space and redefining what it means to be a digital artist, but she’s also already looking to the next generation — helping introduce a new wave of creators to the possibilities of digital art.
LaRussa is doing this through her recently-launched non-profit, JumpStart Designers, whose mission is to provide access to digital art for lower-income kids.
“[JumpStart] is dedicated to help provide Adobe CC and computers to lower income kids. Because let’s be honest, digital art is an expensive career and there are far too many kids who are left in the dark because of the lack of accessibility,” says LaRussa.
The need for resources is something that LaRussa knows personally. She waited for years to be able to afford a computer to get started designing when she was a teen. Now, amidst working on major projects for companies like Hulu and artists like Lil Nas X, she’s reaching a hand back to bring others up alongside her.
Providing resources for aspiring young designers like herself has been top of mind since she began — but now, with her meteoric rise in the NFT space, her dreams have become a reality.
LaRussa brought together some of the world’s most talented young creators as collaborators for an exclusive NFT drop on Voice. The collection of six original creations will benefit JumpStart Designers.
“This is going to be the biggest drop of my life,” she shared with her friends and fans.
Check out Emonee’s collection, dropping soon as auctions on Voice.