We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Diamond and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, why did you pursue a creative career?
My creative ventures actually saved my life. Before I got into photography and videography, I was in a lost place with no direction. I hadn’t imagined pursuing multimedia, I didn’t know what I really wanted to do with my life. I was around a lot of creative people and being exposed to such talented individuals was inspiring — whether it was music production, songwriting, directing, etc, being around that atmosphere and involved in its environment motivated me to try new things. My first niche was photography. The first camera I started using was an HP camera that was gifted by my godmother. I enjoyed it, and while capturing images, it introduced me to editing programs that came with the camera. While experimenting, I was getting a lot of traction with new people who were interested in shooting. It’s safe to say I was really good behind the lens from all the great feedback. After a while, I started to think of taking this seriously, as a professional career. The more I think about it, the more I am driven to create and leave behind a legacy for myself and my business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing I do want to let the people know about my brand The Sean Signature Collection, is its progressive art, and constant change, while keeping true to vintage elements. I also shoot and direct music videos for recording artists, and coordinate with their brand development. I’ve expanded my range with commercial shooting for small businesses too. I’m involved in creating interactive communities and bringing awareness to brands that attract more clientele. I build websites, shoot wedding ceremonies, and do family photos as well. I like to recreate photos & videos from the 90’s lifestyle of Vogue magazines, retro film, and hip-hop and R&B music videos. Something always drew me to the way people looked and dressed during that time. In the early ’90s, I was heavily influenced by hip-hop as a kid and it took effect on the way I see certain images and videos. It has definitely impacted the way I shoot and edit now. My biggest accomplishment is being on the 2019 cover of PLAYBOY CROATIA. It was the first time I realized that my products had power and I wanted to continuously do more to elevate those expectations. I’m proud to leave an impressive collection for myself and others to enjoy. From there, it was only the beginning for me. I remember telling myself, “If I can get on PLAYBOY, it can lead to more opportunities of getting on other magazines.” It took 9 years of consistency to get to where I’m at. There are a lot of life lessons in business. I’ve learned to explore creativity through my work, and that failure has opened my mind to become stronger in so many different ways. I am very grateful. Being mentally prepared is key to staying in this game for a long time. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Understanding the business side of things wasn’t easy. It took some time but working through the challenges ensured I got it right. Special thanks to Zahra Ali for helping me in that area.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week-long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start with Venice Beach. It is definitely the place to visit for sure! When I was in LA last year, I utilized this beach for a few of my shoots. I love being by the beach, It’s relaxing and calm. Different scenes and areas around were great for different activities. There are many things to do, like bike rides along the boardwalk, visiting the local vendors on the strip, and even working out at the outdoor gym. I would take my best friend to Melrose for its shopping experience, and let them check out the Santa Monica Pier for lovely views along the water and entertainment. Now if we’re talking about food, we would have to stop at “Chick-fil-a”. This is definitely the place to go if you want a great variety of flavors and good crispy chicken. I met a lot of great people while I was in L.A. I would tell my friend to be open to every opportunity out there. There are so many places to be, people to meet, and sights to see.
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?
Definitely have to give a shout-out to my business mentor, Zahra Ali for showing me my strengths and weaknesses; my photographer mentor, Jennifer Conely assisted in my understanding of the camera; my eldest cousin Paul for expanding my vision without limits; and my father, Wishart Adams whose motivation is the very reason I took these ventures seriously.
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