We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Butler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
– When I was becoming a company owner there were few things that I needed to become what I call “middle class success” lol. That is – knowing your worth, often times we are afraid to step out on faith. We are trained in society to play it safe often but the most important contribution to my success thus far is – Believing in my ability to overcome hardship and figuring out ways out of noway. Some may call it being street smart! I call it being undeniably great.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a co-founder/President of an international management and production company. We are based in Los Angeles, CA and Oslo, Norway! Where we are bridging the gap between Scandinavia and Hollywood. Our mantra is representing the unrepresented both domestically and internationally. What set our company apart from the rest is our continue drive to represent people of color, nationality and sexual orientation and making their voice heard and important to the masses. What I am most proud of is our team strength and “go getter” attitude. As, we began this journey three years ago and we quickly gained success and made a name for ourselves in this industry.
My journey to where I am today was finding out who I am! As young black man, this is never as easy as one would think. Reason being – we have so much to fight against and prove just to make it up the corporate ladder. It took alot of reading, listening and absorbing in order for me to mentally sustain my position and utilize what I learned in the most effective way to help me grow and standout from my counterparts. This was not easy but nothing in life is ever easy! It took a strong mind and balls to get through the trenches. I believe, I needed to go through what I experienced in order to make me a better person in business.
There were alot of challenges I needed to overcome! I overcame them by not looking back, learning from my mistakes and always kept a forward thinking mind frame. The lessons I learned along the way were – Believe it the first time it’s shown, Don’t waste your time on small minded people, learn to avoid the bullshit.
I would like to world to know that – I strive to be excellent in everything I do, I never give up and I will always cultivate positive energy and the willingness to be the best one can be.
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?
I am usually so busy but I do enjoy when friends or family come into town to visit me here in LA. LA has so many great places to eat, chill and drink of course.
Over the course of the week my go to would be – To hit my fav brunch spot on sunset called THE BUTCHER, THE BAKER AND THE CAPPUCCINO MAKER. After brunch we would head down for a go Melrose shopping with a quick stop at the beverly center. Over the course of the week, we would def go to Harriets Roof top at the 1 hotel and catch a cute after hours at Dream.
Weekend def need to hit Malibu Wines! From there Griffen park and a cute Hike in Malibu or Runyon Canyon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There have been many people in my life both big and small that have contributed to my journey in my industry. For one Carl Bressler! I like to call him The godfather of LA – His guidance and mentorship has kept me strong minded and patience! my old boss, Scott Rudin, even tho my job was hard there – I gained a tremendous amount of strong well, thick skin and a tough exterior. Last but least my mom! A mom love encouragement goes a long way.
Netflix, Showtime Golden Globes.