Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Buffington.
Sean, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a native of Los Angeles, CA a city that helped inspire and cultivate my dreams. I grew up in a single parent household like many others in my community. It only inspired me to see how hard my mom worked for her children; it pushed the dreamer in me to want more than I had. I grew up having a strong spirit of advocacy. I just knew that I was born to help those that felt like they didn’t have a voice find their voice. I was privileged to advocate for minority communities while in middle school at our state capitol, speaking with legislators and senators. That moment launched a spark in me, it was beyond politics it was about my brothers and sisters back home. I became a youth ambassador in the city of Los Angeles interning for several leaders within our community. After graduation from high school attended California State University Northridge pursuing my BA in Political Science. In 2016 I became the youngest person to run for Los Angeles City Council in the city only at the age of 20. I was inspired to lead my community hands on while mobilizing peaceful city walks and many other voluntary events to help restore our voices. I always questioned why I was privileged to be a leader. I grew up with a strong foundation in church and now serve as the Youth Pastor at my church inspiring youth and young adults daily to grasp a new perspective. I was blessed to create content via social media that has reached millions of people via the web. It is my job to inspire, build and restore hope!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I always tell myself if the job is easy, I don’t want it. The first thing I had to realize was that everyone isn’t going to believe in your vision. We try so hard to get validation from people that don’t want change and sometimes you have to help them see a new perspective. everything is a process and somethings you can’t rush. I struggled with the lack of support which made me insecure with my visions. I had to realize that just because that one didn’t support you doesn’t mean that there aren’t millions of people waiting for your voice! When I realized that somebody is waiting on me to inspire them or just believe in them it brought me back to the place of recall for my passion. One thing you must do is surround yourself with likeminded people. See yourself winning in every area of your life.
Please tell us about your work.
I have made it my objective to host platforms that allow youth and young adults to showcase their talents and voices void of judgement. I don’t have a title or name for what I do all I know is that I was born to inspire people to find confidence in whatever their passion is. My goal daily is to cultivate the leader in my peers. In 2018 I founded “The Millennial March” that allowed a host of millennials in the greater Los Angeles area to come together and bonce our ideas off each other. It has been my pleasure to even travel overseas to speak life into young adults that may have never had a vision outside of wanting a better life, reaffirming that although they may not see the manifestation yet doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. I’ve connected with literally thousands of people that have been inspired or even found joy in clips that I post on my social media accounts. I live to see people happy.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I wouldn’t have waited for the opportunity and I would’ve created the opportunity myself. I often tell people that your door is your door, in other words you can attempt to walk into other aspirations and goals but your destiny will always find its way back to you. Reassure yourself that you’re good enough for the things you applaud other people for. I’ve learned and still learning that my journey is for somebody!
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