We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Nunley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always valued independence in relation to a career. For me it started as a child while I was attending grade school. I was always told to “study hard because one day this will all pay off and you will be able to obtain a job that sustains you in life”. But nobody in school really pushed me into thinking outside the working for someone else 9 to 5 realm in regards to my career choice. I knew that I would never be satisfied working for anyone but myself, so I moved my way towards career independence with a focus on me at the helm. Based off my love for story telling and film making I founded a production company called LOMA Motion Pictures . In a world that is becoming increasingly censored LOMA has a core value of telling cinematic stories through an unfiltered lens. This goes back to my idea of self reliance and I find myself disappointed recently with Hollywood’s grip over the mainstream narrative. At LOMA my hope is to focus on stories that no one is telling and start a conversation that brings people from opposite sides of the isle together, even if it means disagreeing on something. I just want them to have honest conversations in a respectful atmosphere and leave feeling like they learned something.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So starting with the question “Was it easy?”. The answer is no and it continues to be challenging every day but this is what drives me to continue my dream of operating my own production company. Every challenge reminds me that I am working for myself and that is what excites me!
My production company is founded off the principle of unfiltered story telling and the word unfiltered is what I believe will set us apart from the rest. I want the world to know that my company represents art in its purest form. Too many of the films made in Hollywood this day and age are under the scrutiny and control of a few powerful people. In my opinion that is the sole reason we are seeing so many unartistic and propagandized movies today. As artists we need to take back our narrative and remind the world what being an artist really means, freedom to express yourself in your natural form.
I learned many lessons from my days working in the music industry and what I took directly from my experiences is the notion that artists are no longer artists but “content creators”. What this means is that the true value of art is being bastardized into a commercial entity which can be manipulated by the highest bidder. Or in the case of competition the lowest bidder. I see so many of us competing with each other and undercutting prices in order to get a gig, and the big machine of industry recognizes this and uses it to their advantage. We overwork ourselves in fear of being replaced just to create “content” instead of art and it shows. My message is clear: we have major value as artists in todays world and we need to start demanding the respect we have earned through years of hard work and rejection. I am calling on all artists to reach out and parter or work with me and my new company LOMA Motion Pictures. Together we can create masterpieces again instead of content, together we can be artists!
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?
Honestly some of the coolest places in the city are spots you wouldn’t picture when you think of LA. Of course you can spend a day or two taking them to all the classic spots like the Hollywood walk of fame or the observatory but here are a couple places I love in LA.
An amazing spot to catch a sunset and city skyline is Everett Park. It is honestly one of the best views of downtown in my opinion and a cool little fact is that this is where they filmed parts of “Training Day”. Another cool spot to check out would be a barber shop called the Blind Barber. I know what you’re thinking, why would you take your friend to a barber shop on their visit? Well it’s not just a barber shop. If you walk past the folks getting their hair cut and through a door in the back of the shop you actually enter a speakeasy type bar. Super cool atmosphere and great drinks, plus you can always get that haircut if you really want!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate a majority of my success to my parents. They are the foundation on which I was raised and how I learned to believe in myself. My father would always tell me “Do what you love and the money will follow.” I strongly believe in that quote. My mother introduced me to the world of cinema and her love of films is the sole reason I became a film maker. I love my parents and am grateful that I have had and continue to have their support during my journey.
Instagram: @lomamotionpictures https://www.instagram.com/lomamotionpictures/
Other: My Vimeo account: https://vimeo.com/loma