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Elie Kimbembe


Elie Kimbembe

Toronto, Ontario
March 2015


We were first introduced to Elie when he and fellow photographers shot a Team Cozy editorial featuring select pieces from our collection for Hypebeast. Inspired by his ongoing success, we recently sat down with the young Toronto-based photographer to find out more about his day-to-day life, how he manages a healthy work/life balance and the challenges he faces as a creative. Scoop more on Elie and his photo eye below.

DNP: What does a typical day look like for you?

Elie: It all depends on what I have to do. I usually set goals for myself and work on achieving those.

DNP: What projects have you recently been working on?

Elie: Since I've been back home, I've been slowing it down in terms of projects. I'm more into a learning mode at the moment.

DNP: What do you find most challenging and exciting about your career?

Elie: The most challenging is that you always have to be consistent. You can never not do work and you always have to be on point. The most exciting is the path of the unknown – you just never know where you're going but you're still going.

DNP: Where does your passion derive from?

Elie: I think I'll say my dad. He set the standard for my family and for how everyone should be evolving and growing. He's been one of my main inspirations.

DNP: How do you manage a healthy work/life balance?

Elie: I just recently got back to working out. It's just about finding a good schedule – something that works for you.

DNP: What does success look like to you?

Elie: I realize that for me – life is about solving problems. The more problems you solve, the more successful you are. That's in any discipline that you practice. If you're able to solve problems and inspire people to change the way they either think or do stuff, that's success to me.

DNP: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Elie: Working toward it.

DNP: What’s one word that best describes your personality?

Elie: Awkward.

DNP: What is your greatest fear?

Elie: Dying before I reach my full potential.

DNP: What is your most treasured possession?

Elie: I don't have any. Everything is temporary for me.

DNP: If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?

Elie: I'd still be trying to do what I'm doing.

DNP: Do you have any upcoming projects in the pipeline?

Elie: I have a lot on my plate right now but I'm just trying to take it really slow and see how things go from there.

DNP: Where would you most like to live?

Elie: Tokyo to be honest.

DNP: If you could spend a day with any person (living or dead), who would it be and why?

Elie: My cousin who passed away couple years ago. We had a lot in common.

DNP: If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

Elie: The Internet. If I could definitely upload my brain to the Internet before dying that could be a really good thing.

DNP: Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

Elie: Think for yourself.