We had the good fortune of connecting with OSO Sean and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi OSO, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I got tired of working for other people. I worked security, I worked retail, I worked in property management, and leasing. It seemed like the road to my income matching my desired lifestyle would take too long to travel because of politics. I got my Bachelors Degree in Business Management thinking that a degree would earn me a higher wage. I was a wrong. I observed someone on my team without a degree receive a promotion I was pursuing, even after being complimented on how good of a job I did by management. I want my work, my faith, and my effort to determine my level of success. I don’t want a gatekeeper deciding how high I go up the ladder and how fast. I bet on myself. I am a leader. Those that know me confide and believe in me. I want to be an inspiration to them, and others in the world. I want to prove that you can create your own system, at your own pace, on your own terms.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started singing in church the moment I could stand in a choir. In 7th grade I sang “Mama” by Boyz II Men in my first ever talent show. My mom and I hadn’t always had the best relationship, but I’ve always loved her very much. It was a very emotional experience singing that song by my favorite group. As I got to the climax of the song, I couldn’t really contain myself. I started to tear up during the performance. I could see the crowd was very captivated. Girls sitting next to my mom started to realize who I was singing to, and began asking her if I was her son. I burst in to tears as I hit the high point of the song. My mom started to cry too. Much to my surprise, there were tears across the whole auditorium. I ended up wining first place in the talent show. There was a line out the door of people wait to congratulate me with tears in their eyes. Seeing people that impacted made me realize what my purpose was. I won a few talent shows afterwards. I started writing poems which I learned to structure in to songs. I had my first experience making beats in an Audio Tech class I took in high School. I recorded my first songs while in the Air Force, stationed in South Korea. I came to LA after I separated from the military, and attended Musicians Institute. I was a finalist in the National Songwriting Competition, won 1st place in MI’s Independent Artist Competition, and began my professional work as a songwriter. I later began taking producing more seriously. I have a sync placement, and have sold countless instrumental license to many different artists.
There were many ups and downs in my journey. The biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is to keep going. There are so many reasons my mind has come up with to convince me to quit. However, even one reason to keep going has always been enough to make me do so. I’ve decided that this is what I will do with my life no matter what level of success I achieve, no matter how old I am, and no matter what people tell me. I love music, and its a gift God has given me to share with the world. I want the world to feel the passion I have for what I do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Although I am a huge homebody, if my best friend was coming to town we would go to Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks for breakfast. Then we would go to the 3rd Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier. While there we would have lunch at the Blue Plate Oysterette for Lobster Rolls. After that we would go from the Beverly Center, all the way down Sunset Blvd. We would hit shops like Banned LA, Cool Kicks, Round Two etc. Figuring out dinner would be a toss up because we could go to Inglewood for bomb soul food from Serving Spoon, Pink Taco if we want a bit more scenery, Nobu in Malibu if we want to get fancy, or even Catch if we want. These are just a few of my favorites. I like to shop, eat, and be a little boujie. My best friend does too. A party in the hills, or a studio somewhere with a kick back setting would likely end the night.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I know it may sound a bit cliché, but I would not be here without my faith in Christ. After that would be my mother and father. My Uncle TJ is my best friend. He helped raise me, and has always been there for me. He has encouraged me every step of the way. I’m grateful for my vocal instructor Mama O, and my piano teacher Kevin King both from Musicians Institute. I appreciate the encouragement and companionship of my creative friends Vivi Devereaux, Ian Baker, and Vanessa Rancourt. I’m also extremely grateful for any obstacles I’ve encountered, because they’ve made me determined, driven, and strong enough to make it this far.