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Check out Sean Daugherty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Daugherty.

Sean, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started a small business in high school making tie-dye clothing and accessories. At first, it was just fun, but I realized I had the potential to send a message about diversity and individuality in a creative way with tie-dye if I utilized the platform correctly. After a few years of other entrepreneurial ventures, I found out my true passion and love was in telling stories and sending strong messages through film and video. So in 2017 I quit my full-time job, went back to school, started a Film Club on campus and dove head first into the film industry around San Diego. Ive been the president of the Film Club for just over a year now at San Diego Mesa College, and have produced, directed and acted in numerous short films and productions all over San Diego. Due to the connections I established with the Club I was able to help produce and assistant direct a short film that was recently recognized in LA at a premiere at the Golden State Film Festival. Ever since that short film I’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of videography projects with my new job as the Creative Director at OPTYO LLC. It’s been a long journey, and it didn’t start out on a straight path, but I’m glad I’m where I am today.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My main medium is visual storytelling through video. I’m really inspired by existentialism themes and pondering the great big mystery of “why are we here” or “why should I care about (blank).” The main thing I like about art is the many different interpretations viewers are able to have, but another aspect I like to include is a bit more of a straightforward approach. I like my audiences to be able to understand my message right away, and usually in a striking way.

I really like to help people and inspire others to follow their dreams. I think a straight to the point, “you’re worth it, go out there and follow your passions” type of message is my favorite thing to do. I’ve received a lot of support from my friends and family, and I really want to put that same positivity back out into the community.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I think the role of artists are as equally as important today as they’ve always been, we’ve just been given a wider selection of mediums and ways to reach audiences. Social media is such a powerful tool, and I’m so excited to see so many different forms of art constantly flooding my feed. And since social media is so instantaneous, we’re seeing these local and international issues play out in real time, which definitely plays in a way that I produce my art. Seeing the different issues going on in my own country inspires me to want to produce more stories and films that inspire others to believe in themselves and just be themselves. I recently just returned from a trip to Bali, Indonesia and learning more about their culture and lifestyle was so beautiful and humbling. A main concept I’d like for my art to progress to is being able to give others in all communities, religions, and ethnicities a chance to tell their story their way. Learning about Indonesia’s culture was fantastic because I learned about their issues and their beliefs firsthand, and that’s something I think is really important for understanding and appreciating art as well.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently, most of my work is in collaboration with other filmmakers and are doing a tour of film festivals so they’re not openly available to the public but will be soon on amazon prime or YouTube! The best way to follow my content is through my Instagram account @seanybobany for updates on new film projects like when a film is premiering or where it can be streamed.

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Nadia Zafar
Alexandria Smith

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