Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Burdeaux.
Sean, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I find myself surrounded by creative individuals- writers, musicians, artists. We all have little passions that keep us centered in life, and sometimes we all need a little push of encouragement from those around us to share our passions, our art, with the world. That’s why I started It’s Okay, I’m Crying. It is a way for me to present my own art and the art of my friends in a unified way.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The biggest struggle has been finding out that the saying “If you build it, they will come” is a lie. You can build it, but it won’t make them do anything! But that’s the key: you keep building. Staying motivated to want to keep putting stuff out when it feels like no one cares about it but you is the most important thing: we’re all going to keep making stuff anyways, so OF COURSE we’re going to share it with the world.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We put out weird stuff made by weird people — our shirts are all designed by independent artists (Sam Smisek, Basile Journet, LEGNA aka LEGNARAT), our music is all made in bedrooms and living rooms and garages, our writings are all wild, surreal screes typed manically into an iPhone’s Notes and scrawled on the backs of notebooks and inside decrepit Moleskines.
We’re a record label in a world where no one needs a label and streams are worth fractions of pennies, we put out apparel and accessories in a world where fast-fashion rips off the indie world left and right because they can get away with it, we’re a bunch of people who make things in a world where it’s easier to take things. But it’s okay, we’re crying.
Our proudest moment as of late is the recognition our resident rapper 10-19 received at the 2018 San Diego Music Awards, taking home the Best Hip-Hop Album award. You can pick that up on cassette on our webshop 😉 or stream it on the ‘net.
What were you like growing up?
I was rather small, somewhat studious and shy. In my teen years I became interested in playing guitar and home-recording.
- Tapes – $8-$10
- Shirts – $15-$20
- Website: www.itsokayimcrying.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/itsokayimcrying
- Facebook: facebook.com/itsokayimcrying
- Twitter: twitter.com/itsokayimcrying
- Other: https://itsokayimcrying.wixsite.com/ioic/