The Heroine’s Journey of Noam Cohen

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

What I love about my work is how it connects to my personality. I’m a person who loves movement, in the physical world – and in the digital world. From dancing and working out to moving elements in After Effects. It allows me to express myself through motion, color and shape.

What is my idea of happiness?

My idea of happiness is feeling I’m in the right place in my life. Feeling content with the people around me, how I spend my days or maybe even the process I’m going though. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just right. Also, being present is a part of it. Sometimes I feel like I miss a lot just because my mind is running forward. But those little moments like sitting by the window with my cat when it rains, or just spending quality time family and friends – and actually being present – that’s happiness.

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is getting to a late point in life and realizing I didn’t experience what I wanted to, or used my full potential, only because I was too afraid to take a chance, and stayed in my comfort zone.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I’m constantly feeling like I’m not good enough. Always scared putting myself out there, taking chances, being confident. But I’m totally working on it!

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

There are many motion designers, illustrators and artists I admire, and the number rises everyday thanks to social media. One of them is Ilenia Notarangelo. She is one of the partners of “Illo” design studio, alongside Luca Gonnelli. Their main focus is animation and illustration, using colorful aesthetics. Their work always keeps me inspired. I’m amazed by their creativity and style that is always on point. As a woman, I love seeing other women like Ilenia aiming high and succeeding.

What is my greatest extravagance?

One of my biggest passions is music and everything that comes with it. I collect records, which are not always cheap these days… but there is always an album I need, it never ends, so every time I’m in a record store, I will definitely purchase at least one. (or three). Not to mention the online record stores, this is another problem.

On what occasion would I lie?

I recently discovered that lying makes me feel really bad, and the truth is always better, but sometimes I still do it… when I feel the need to protect someone’s feelings or maybe when I don’t have the energy to get out of the house, I’ll make an excuse.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

As I mentioned above, I love movement. And as a motion designer, I work many hours on projects – which means sitting down a lot. That can really make me feel horrible and I absolutely hate it. If I could move and work together it would be a dream!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I have little happy moments at work. They usually happen when an illustration or design I created come to life with animation, or when I solve something I struggled with and it comes out great!

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I don’t think I would change anything, but I will improve some stuff! One of them is the way I perceive myself. Trying to be more compassionate, encouraging and loving. Trying to see what other people see and stop judging so much. Another thing is how quickly I get nervous. I noticed I have many small things that stress me out, and they are not even that scary, it’s just the way my body responses.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Actually, I’m quite “young” in the motion design field, so my greatest achievement at the moment is working hard to improve myself to the point I got hired to do what I love. When I studied design, motion design wasn’t a major part of it. It was a small section. When I graduated, I knew very little about motion design and I spent almost everyday to learn more and improve. I’m really proud of that.

Where would I most like to live?

I picture myself living in a beautiful area surrounded by trees and nature. It can also be a city, but not a big one. I like European architecture, so the Netherlands, Italy, France and Spain are good options for me.

What is my most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is my relationship with my family. I can’t describe how lucky I am to have those people in my life. On another angle, I also care a lot about all my animation projects – it is my foundation, where I started. It gives me perspective.

What is my most marked characteristic?

My most marked characteristic is my theatricality. When I speak, I tend to act what I’m saying instead of just saying it. I personally never noticed, but people mention it to me all the time, and I started noticing it more and more.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I live on a hilled area, so I like walking to the highest place and look at the view. It allows me to clear my head. The area is surrounded by trees and plants that contribute to the calming effect.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I don’t have a specific place I like to eat. I enjoy a good meal with friends at home, a picnic at the park, or the beach, as long as it’s tasty and nutritious.

What books influenced my life and how?

It’s a funny choice but I’m going to go with Dr. Seuss’s books. It had a big impact on my imagination as a child and stayed with me until this day.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Wow. As a music lover, I like many genres of music, and what I want to listen to changes depends on my mood. My last day will probably be nostalgic, so I would listed to something that reminds me all the good moments in my life.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

I would more than recommend watching “Spirited Away”. As an adult, I could understand more aspects of the movie, and I was blown away by the animation and the unbelievably unique characters. The emotions I felt through the movie were so special and I will always remember the first time I watched it.

What role play stories in my life and work?

As a human being, stories connect me to other people, helping me seeing their perspective, their lives. They can also inspire me or even help me to learn about myself, through them. As a motion designer, I need to pass information in the clearest way possible by “telling a story”. A good story is the best way to reach people, we all have something we relate to.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

It’s really something I want to live by. I feel like sometimes I wait for something to happen, or let other people in my life decide what is right for me, but I need to remember I control my life, and the path I’m walking in – I’m telling my own story, and no one else, and I am the only person who really knows what’s best for me.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

I want to show my gratitude to my current manager, who saw my potential in the beginning of my journey, and insisted to hire me even though I had no experience. He pushes me to be better every single day, and helps me to believe in myself and in my abilities.

Which people or companies would I like to work with?

As I mentioned above, I am a huge fan of “Illo” studio design work. I’m inspired by their illustration and animation style. I connect to everything they do, and I feel like it’s really similar to my personal style so it’s would be a dream to work with them someday, and of course living in Torino, Italy would be amazing.

I also adore Gur Margalit’s work. He is an Israeli motion designer that really inspires me. His animations are so fun, clever and unique.

What project am I looking forward to work on?

I work on developing my personal style and signature. My dream project would be something that involves my own personality and design – a project I will have total freedom to be myself. To be able to have this kind of recognition is not taken for granted, so this is what i’m waiting to work on the most.

Where can you see me or my work?

You can see my work on my instagram page – “motionoco”

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I feel like passion is an energy, that even if you’re tired of something you were passionate about before, it still continues somewhere else. It never dies, just takes a different shape.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?

Ilenia Notarangelo I mentioned above!

How can you contact me?

You can contact me via mail –

DM me via Instagram – “motionoco”

or LinkedIn –

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