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Akiko Stehrenberger
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Career Info

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Personal Career Headline:
Multi Award Winning Illustrator

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Career Snapshot:

Akiko Stehrenberger is a multi award winning illustrator who is considered one of the most celebrated movie poster designers and illustrators of her generation.

She’s known for her conceptually strong imagery and her versatility in painting styles, which have been vital assets when applying her work to many different genres. In addition to working on film posters for iconic directors such as Spike Jonze, David Lynch, Sofia Coppola, Michael Haneke, Harmony Korine, Jonathan Glazer, to name a few, Interview Magazine deemed her “Poster Girl” while Vanity Fair included two of her illustrated posters in their “Greatest Movie Posters of All Time”.

Native AdMission Statement (AKA Personal Brand Pitch):

I like to think of myself as having great versatility, from high to lowbrow, working extremely hard but always wanting to make sure I have fun. A sense of humor is very important in my life, with raising my child, and in my career. I’m self made and very proud of my accomplishments. I’m proof that the universe can give you great things if you work for them, and even if you didn’t come from much.

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What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

To one day have enough time on my hands to sculpt and do paintings for myself, spend a good amount of the day with my son, all while still keeping the lights on.

Biggest Success?:

I get to draw as a living and this gives my son a roof over his head.

Most Challenging Moment?:

Moving my mother into my home and taking care of her last year of life fighting cancer.


Work hard & don’t be an asshole.

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My Goal of the Day:

To make something I’m proud of.

My Thought of the Day:

How do I not stress out while making something I’m proud of.

My Action of the Day:

Stressing out while making something I’m not that proud of.

My Deed of the Day:

At least I made something.

My Tip of the Day:

There is always tomorrow to make something I’m proud of.

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

Taco stands!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Favorite breakfast is poached eggs, at home. Favorite restaurant in general, is Sushi Zo. 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping

10:00 AM – Hanging with my two year old before leaving for work.

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Unfortunately my lunch spot tends to be in front of my computer. If I could have any meal, it’d be sushi 3x a day.

7:00 PM –  Leaving work, playing with my son before his bedtime.

11:00 PM – Watching some pure trash on tv.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Tea, it’s the only way I get water into my body.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

WAZE…it’s LA! Favorite IG account changes every day.

What should everyone try at least once?


Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

I don’t like getting lost because I’m usually in a hurry

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How did you get into the industry?

I was always drawing! I had no other plan and I was terrible at Science and History. I started in the industry doing editorial illustrations for music & entertainment magazines.

Career advice to those in your industry? 

Work hard & don’t be an asshole.

Any emerging industry trends? 

Lots of illustration!

Ideal experience for a customer/client?

Creativity, thoughtfulness, and excellent craftsmanship.

How do you motivate others? 

I’m always working & creating work, always challenging and changing how I do things. I believe in helping others and giving them opportunities.

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