We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Fahie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is a double edge sword. You know you want to win and you know you might lose, and time only reveals the outcome. To answer your question, most of my art career has been based on risk taking (anything about a creative lifestyle is risk taking in general. But that is just life). And more honestly, I’ve been blessed with a different circle of friends. They are some of the best creatives I know.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a multi disciplined artist and my concentrations are in graphic design, illustration, and creative writing/storytelling. I think what “sets me apart” is the same as any other artist. It’s just perspective. I’m not the greatest artist, but I also understand that no other artist has my perspective. A lot of the work I make is based on the experiences that I have (as a black man in America), or the experiences those close to me are having. Also a large portion of my art making and storytelling reflects what I am seeing going on in the world today. It’s still not easy, but I’m a bit wiser about the business of art from the last time I did an interview with you all. I think challenges will always be there, but it’s just a matter of forging forward. As cliched as that is, it has been my truth. I just keep going. Lol, I don’t know if that is a gift or a madness but it’s been working out so far. Hopefully people can take away from my story that doing what you love can be a pain in the ass, but it’s also the greatest thing you could do for yourself. Even if you don’t succeed, you never have to question, “What could have been?”
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.
The problem with this question is that I would be giving away all the gems I try to keep for the homies visiting. Atlanta has some dope spots though, but like many other people in other cities, I’m just tired of seeing all the dope spots turned into over priced town homes and “luxury” apartments. But shout out to Supremo (great taco spot) The Soundtable (dope good and venue) All the great galleries in Atlanta that put on for all levels of artist. All the music venues that have great shows. All the music festivals
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?
(I’m going to do this like a rapper at an award ceremony.) I wanna shout out all my friends and family that have been riding with me for this long. Shout out to any and every one that has purchased any of my art or books, or any items I’ve been selling over the years. The support is greatly appreciated and thanks. And let me shout out God, cause I’m still here, still kicking, and still doing what I love.
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Portrait of me shot by @wire_atl