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Daily Inspiration: Meet Sean Starr

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

Hi Sean, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My name is Sean Starr and I started Starr Studios in 2005 in San Francisco. I have been working as a creative for over 35 years and work for clients large and small on everything from branding and design to gold leafing and sign painting. The studio has been serving clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex since 2010 and has been featured in the documentary film and book “Sign Painters” as well as on the Discovery Channel, NBC Television, Food Network, Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Forum, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Magazine, Dallas Observer, Houston Press, Fort Worth Magazine, and Cavallino Magazine to name just a few. 

Our clients have included Sony Music, NBC Television, The GAP, Starbucks, Indian Motorcycles as well as Reese Witherspoon, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham, and the bands The Cranberries and The Toadies, and some of the top car collectors in the United States. 

I operate the studio with my wife Jennifer Baker in a building that was constructed in 1869 in a tiny town named Calvert in Central Texas which allows us to service our clients in Dallas, Houston, and Austin as well as with clients all over the United States and have executed projects as far away as Ireland and Nepal. 

Our latest endeavor is launching our new video series called “Life at Starr Studios” on Spotify and YouTube with our initial episode starting January 7, 2022. The series will have new episodes every Friday and is kind of a behind-the-scenes look at the projects we are working on, techniques, and some of our other interests. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Working as a creative for over 35 years has definitely had its challenges. When I was younger and less established it was definitely an issue of trying to figure out how to keep the whole thing moving forward and how to make enough money to get by. There were a lot of lean years. 

With my reputation established the challenges have evolved into other things like how to keep myself growing as an artist, how to keep myself excited about my work and expand into new areas, and not allowing myself to repeat what is “easy” because I have done certain techniques or styles so many times. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
At this point in my career, I am probably best described as a “creative hired gun.” I work with clients on everything from restaurant interiors to gold leaf on glass to award-winning restorations on some of the world’s most valuable cars to branding and design and sign painting projects, apparel as well as film production. If it requires a one-of-a-kind creative touch, I seem to get pulled into the project. 

I have been very fortunate to have gotten to a place where I can apply all of the skills I have developed for decades towards working with clients who want my unique perspective applied to their project. 

First and foremost, I am probably known best as a sign painter and that’s my trade background, but my career has evolved into so much more, it can be difficult to describe in a single word or term. 

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Work ethic. You can be the most creative person on earth, but if you don’t have the drive and work ethic to be out there getting things done, on deadline, and professionally you won’t ever get any traction. My father who taught me everything that got me started in this business was the hardest working person I have ever come across and taught me not only the techniques of the trade but just as importantly how to work, how to get the job done, and work with deadlines, how to deal with clients and help them meet their goals. 

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