By Megan Freeman, March 15, 2022

After the opening of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, there have already been significant events in the city’s backyard. Some events were the 2022 Super Bowl and one of CPP’s own creative jobs at the stadium.

Emma Wahlstrom, a 2021 CPP graduate from Yorba Linda, is a creative designer at SoFi Stadium where she has done a variety of creative jobs that include creating new employee uniforms and taking photos.

She has had great success in her career and she admires the people around her for helping her reach for the stars.

Wahlstrom looks up to her grandfather as well as some teachers she met during her time at CPP for inspiration and guidance. A professor in the art department and specifically a professor of graphic design, David Kaul, was a mentor to her.

“I really had to search his brain a bit,” Wahlstrom said. “Even now, when I get a new job or something exciting happens, he’s one of the first people I tell. Also, I knew when I graduated from college and that I wouldn’t find a job, he was going to help me.

Courtesy of Emma Wahlstrom

During her first day at CPP, she knew she wanted to change majors but couldn’t right away due to the term system this campus was on before, so she decided to minor in Marketing since she was already taking the required courses.

“I applied for a marketing major at Cal Poly Pomona,” Wahlstrom said, “But I knew before I even started at CPP that I wanted to at least try graphic design, but my dad always said ‘you’re not gonna not make a lot of money, like are you sure? but after convincing, he came up with the idea.

Wahlstrom earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design and a minor in Marketing Management in 2021. Her work includes labels for Horsehill Vineyards, the on-campus vineyard, and various infographics for local businesses.

“I went to career day, and a graphic designer gave a presentation, and I was like ‘this is what I want,'” Wahlstrom said.

Her mother saw an opening gig for an assistant photographer, and Wahlstrom jumped at the chance to start working on weddings and various photo shoots.

Wahlstrom’s experience in her former job helped her a lot and gave her the opportunity to

She took great pleasure in it and gained knowledge in photography and graphic design, which sparked her interest in her current career and gave her the idea of ​​going to art school.

Before working at SoFi Stadium, his last hampered his creativity; she would do grunt work where she would take already completed artwork in photoshop and edit it.

She also felt that the job was not for her as it was basically a day job and they were rude to her when she wanted to quit.

“I couldn’t be creative and it was very disheartening,” Wahlstrom said. “When I left, my boss ended up telling me in an email, he was like, ‘We were worried about your abilities’, and it just stuck in my head and really bothered me.”

She feels she is working her dream job as she enjoys live events such as concerts. Her passion for the arts and events inspires her to do her best in her career.

“One of the things I always had in mind was ‘I’m not good enough, I’m not as good as everyone else around me, I’ll never get a job, I’m not good enough. won’t have to apply for this internship, I’m not going to apply for this scholarship or competition or competition or anything because I’m not going to get it,” Wahlstrom said. “And then immediately coming out of the college and basically immediately getting a job and then getting another better job, I realized I was perfectly capable the whole time, I don’t know where those intrusive thoughts came from.”

To learn more about Wahlstrom, check out his portfolio here.

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