We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Kara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, what do you attribute your success to?
I have always thought I had a vision to create, create images which will move people and motivate me enough to create more. I was not patient and very fragile in the past. I remember a point in my life feeling like-I have to go all the way, I was sick of wasting my potential. Once I have learned how to be effectively obsessed with creating images, and get great feedback from people that have a vision, that feeling became an addiction to me- the feeling of creating a moment that will never exist again (photography). I had to do more to feel good about myself and it lead me to success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The reason I came to LA in 2008 was to study Film Making. I have completed the program in UCLA Extension by 2010. I couldn’t work in the film industry because my visa was about to expire. That was very disappointing. I had to go back to my home town in Istanbul, Turkey. I have spent 4 years in Istanbul feeling like a looser. I was working in my family’s little business selling hats to tourists. I was staying in Buyukada at the time. Buyukada is an island 30 minutes away from the mainland. I was born and raised there. I made a deal with myself and made a plan. The plan was to start running everyday at least 1 hour around the island. This was supposed to help me feel better and lead me to ‘start again’. This time, the journey I was about to start wasn’t going to end with a disappointment. It worked. I went back to LA December 2016 and borrowed my friend’s camera. I was taking portraits and headshots of actors on the streets of North Hollywood. It was 1 person a week first, then 3 people a week, then everyday. I have leased a studio shortly after. Now working with most talented actors in Hollywood. I used to think cliches were boring, and I still think that way but I have learned that they are necessary: hard work, not giving up and being consistent. Oh and being obsessed.
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?
The trip would start with Downtown LA. A nice walk in Little Tokyo and to Arts District. Get some hot dogs from Wurstküche. Definitely a nice walk on Melrose street head West and turn left from Fairfax. You have to eat at Golden State Burger. Once you feel like the ocean is calling, you gotta visit Hermosa beach and grab a beer watching the Sun go down. Obviously Sunset Blvd. Possibly check out Whiskey a Go Go for live performance.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t do it without the help of my wife and my best friend Veronica and my 5 year old son Dogu Ryan.