Sean Klein - A Character With Character
...because interesting people are more fun to work with
Born and raised as an adamant Cheesehead in Wauatosa, WI, I migrated down to North Carolina in my teens where I learned there were four seasons and fell in love with the ocean. Along with salt water, I gained an appreciation for shape, color, and kern. I graduated early from UNC Wilmington with a BA in Communication Studies and proceeded to work as a graphic designer before attending graduate school at NC State for a Masters of Global Innovation Management (MGIM). While I still play around in Photoshop, I do my best painting in my soccer cleats out on the paintball course. I am a closet tech junkie who is fascinated by how inventions shape our world and have more Legos than is socially acceptable.
Your favorite occupation?
Skydiving High-tech Fashion Photographer by day, Luxury Bed Tester by night. I have already begun accruing an extensive resume for accommodation testing of this sort. As for the skydiving, I recently began my SCUBA certification process… while to the untrained eye, this may seem entirely unrelated, I am confident this skill will segue nicely into my new-age James Bond para-scuba gadget line.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Who would have thought that trekking out in the woods to witness Mother Nature in her element could be so expensive? When attempting to escape the persistent taint of urban lights and witness the Milky Way in its full glory I am always astounded at how much it costs to carry your food on your back and give up shaving.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Tom Sawyer, Robin Crusoe, and Samurai Jack. It goes without saying that I like Tom because he used his wit to satisfy his youthful curiosities with shenanigans, and Robin because he tamed an island with hard work and resourcefulness. As for Jack— let’s be honest, it doesn’t get any more badass than a lone hero saving the world single-handedly from throngs of evil robot armies with nothing more than a Samurai sword and raw ambition.
If you were a piece of art, which piece of art would you be and why?
I have always been fascinated with color. It seems insidiously mischievous to me that objects absorb their true hue and reflect what they are not. In this way, the hue we perceive an object to be is arguably the inverse the object's true form. For me this presents a dilemma of reality in how relative the descriptors we prescribe to forms truly are. Because of this, if I were to be a piece of art, I would turn to les Fauves and be none other than Matisse’s Woman in a Hat.
When was a time you felt totally and completely alive?
When I was in grad school studying in Aix en Provence, France, five of my friends and I spent our spring break backpacking around Morocco. I will never forget how embarrassingly ignorant and afraid I was to go to this foreign land, knowing I would be the only male with long blonde flowing locks of hair for miles around. My fears could not have been more unwarranted. What I did experience was exploring one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and meeting some of the nicest people I have ever met. That trip was a thrilling adventure that kept my heart pumping and my cheeks sore from smiling.