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Holveck turns artistic individualism into opportunity

Fri, Jan 10, 2014

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IMG_0706Sean Holveck has a good eye and has turned that attention to detail into his own custom career path. The 32-year-old — born Texan, raised Oklahoman and Coloradan for seven years now — owns Holveck Designs, a one-man company specializing in creative marketing solutions. Among his talents are photography, graphic design, interior design and aversion to traditional thinking. Holveck creates and betters the identities of businesses in a community he believes has true potential. He sheathed his laptop this week to tell the Business Journal about his philosophies, his life as a young professional and how he views the future of Colorado Springs.

What do you do professionally?

I’m a Renaissance man, professionally. I make money from professional photography, branding and design, and I am also a wine and liquor sales representative for a distribution company called Estate Brands. I’m an artist who does a lot of different things.

 

How did you get started in the field?

I was an art major in college and also an advertising major. I never really was taught graphic design, but the concepts of branding and strategic marketing I did learn. Art is always something that has been a passion of mine, but there is truth to the term ‘starving artist,’ so you learn how to make money in different ways. An artist’s perspective comes from the general perspective you have on life — it’s about solving problems, it’s about telling stories. Graphic design and art are very similar, so I‘ve tried to leverage skills I already had and learn how to make a living.

 

How do you and your business interact with the community?

Because I am my business and I spend a lot of time in the community, I’m definitely a proponent for [our city]. Colorado Springs has always had a lot of potential, but sometimes it’s been rough for it to grow into its own. We have a lot of great things that go on in this city. Anyone that says there is nothing to do in [here] just hasn’t looked past their own nose.

 

What are some proponents for change?

I think it’s about individual change, but those individuals also have to learn to leverage their own creativity and passion to do what’s best for the community. I feel that our greatest asset and our own worst enemy is that individual drivers are really great and strive to be successful, but when they do then they sometimes forget about the community and how it can benefit and be bettered. … It’s about doing things because they are the right things to do and the best things to do, rather than worrying about who is going to get credit for it.

 

Can you tell me about your experience with the young professional community?

There are a lot of young professionals that want to see Colorado Springs bloom, but then there is the other half that think [the city] is worthless and just want to move to Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins. … The challenge is to be part of that community and go to the same events and be asked the same questions but never see anything get done. A lot of young professionals are frustrated with that, but I think there are a lot that are still willing to go out and create what they want in this city. … There needs to be more of a movement to give people that opportunity.

 

What is your vision for the company and your goals for your own future?

My goal is to provide people with solutions to problems — whether it be branding, strategic marketing, image — and to be the best and to work with them as much as possible to give them a product that they will be proud of, and one that I can be proud of. At the moment, I’m still trying to figure out where the focus is. So for the next year or several years I want to establish what my company truly is, to a certain degree. Is the focus going to be interior design, graphic design, photography, or is it going to be all of those things? I just don’t know yet. 

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