Koral Dean is the Creative Director at Scarlet & Gold. She started working as a freelance job on the side before taking a leap of faith to become the first salaried employee just as S&G was being born.
"To us, it’s not just a t-shirt; it's a seed, a tool, a conversation starter that opens the door to a meaningful discussion you might not have the guts to bring up in a room full of strangers."
GET TO KNOW KORAL IN 10 QUESTIONS:
What is your favorite thing about your parents? My parents always taught me to work for what I want and to always give my very best. My dad always told me growing up, "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right". Both of my parents had high standards that really pushed me as a child. They instilled a solid work ethic in me and this is without a doubt the reason I have gotten to where I am today. Neither of my parents were given anything. They worked and sacrificed for everything they have and for everything that they provided for my sister and me. Another thing I admire so much about them is how they will do anything for me and not ask for anything in return. I think this is so much like God's love for us but also so hard for us as humans to do.
Where is a place you would love to visit? Europe. My husband and I recently did the Ancestry DNA test and we found out that both of us are pretty much 100% European. I would love to travel to all the countries of our heritage.
What makes you laugh? My daughter. I can sometimes be a little TOO focused and intense. My daughter has really taught me to loosen up and act goofy. She amazes me everyday and gives me plenty to laugh about.
What was your dream job growing up? I always knew I wanted to do something creative. I had no idea what a graphic designer was at the time so it was probably either a painter or a mermaid.
If you could eat with anyone living or dead, who would it be? I would have to say my grandmother. She passed away about 6 years ago. We were very close and she was most definitely the funniest person I know. I would love to be able to sit down with her again and laugh my butt off the entire time. She was a huge inspiration to me as well because she suffered with terrible debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. Her body was mangled and she was in constant pain all the time; however, she always had a smile on her face when we were together. Praise be to God that I will get to see her again one day.
What do you fear most? My biggest fear is something happening to my husband, daughter, or our newest baby boy due in April. This is super deep and depressing so I am going to move on…
What is your favorite thing about Auburn? It didn't get the name "loveliest village on the plains" for nothing. The very first time I visited Auburn in high school, I was captivated by its beauty. I love driving by Samford Hall and seeing its majestic red brick against the lush manicured lawn. Or walking around campus admiring the architecture and blooming flowers. Or driving ten minutes out to the big fields of grass like my childhood. Everyone is always nice with a friendly smile. Though I lived there for 4 years during college and work there several days a month, I still get the same feeling of love and beauty that I did that very first visit.
What is your favorite food? I would consider my self a fairly "crunchy" person. I am a big believer that good, whole and nutritious foods can do amazing things for your health. When you nourish and take care of your body, it will take care of you. I stay away from processed and fast foods, but GUUUUUUUUUURL… I LOVE food and I love eating food with the people I love. It's really hard to say a favorite because... food is just so good. But, if I have to name one, I would probably say a big ol' salad. Any kind of salad and I'm all about it. (I know, how crunchy of me…)
When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do? I like working with my hands on a project. I spend so much time on the computer for "work" that I like to get away from it and make something with my hands. I usually have some kind of project going on. Most of the time it's something for the house. I LOVE to go to a thrift store or estate sale and scavenge for awesome unique pieces at a great price. Nothing quite gets my adrenaline going like a good deal. (YAS girl) Then, if it needs painting or repair, I get to work with my hands and make it like new.
What is something many people don’t know about you? After long hard days, I love to veg out on some junk TV shows. Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, Cops, Intervention, To Catch a Predator, Antiques Roadshow, or anything on The History Channel. Come on, anybody else DVR Antiques Roadshow?