The path to success is a long, narrow, and uphill road. However for Sean Kirkland, dancer, actor, rapper, and overall creative artist, his eyes have always remained on the prize, staying on course despite all obstacles to uphold the family legacy and mark his name in the historic hall of fame.
Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1991, Sean Kirkland famously known as ArnStar grew up on the streets of Harlem, where he was surrounded by art and culture. His culturally diverse upbringing greatly influenced his growth as a versatile entertainer. Even then, Arnstar was marked for greatness as he was born into a well-respected and multifarious family.
His late parents, Tara Kirkland and Sean Rucker a.k.a. Kippy Dee was well known for their indefatigable contribution to music and culture. His mother, Tara was a renowned singer while his father was a pioneer of Hip-hop culture (Rock Steady Crew) in the 80s highly praised for his unique style and fashion influence. After his parents’ passing, ArnStar was faced with numerous financial challenges but his head remained unbowed.
His indomitable spirits coupled with the core beliefs instilled by his parents inspired him to pursue his passion for Hip-Hop music and carry on his father’s legacy. Working hard towards his goal, his diverse music style from hip-hop, pop, R&B, and dance music coupled with the innate ability to craft ingenious lyrics that highlight important subjects while still engaging his listeners in a captivating flow was instrumental in his rise to greatness.
Aside from his musical artistry, ArnStar is one of the pioneers of LiteFeet, an invigorating internationally acclaimed dance culture from Harlem. ArnStar at the helm of his team W.A.F.F.L.E. (We Are Family For Life Entertainment) has gained international recognition with a devoted fanbase in Japan, Paris, Argentina, Poland, and Toronto. They have performed alongside multi-platinum selling artists such as Swizz Beatz and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs; and have been featured on national television shows like The “Ellen” Show, The View, Access Hollywood, and Huffington Post.
Aside from his love for music and dance, ArnStar is a triple threat art combo as he discovered his natural talent in acting when he landed a supporting role in The Netflix Original Film “Roxanne Roxanne.” In the movie, he portrayed the legendary “MC Shan.” Later, he joined the cast of MTV’s Nick Cannon Presents “Wild N Out” in its eleventh season. He also made appearances in numerous commercials including a McDonald’s National campaign in 2017 which aired at The Superbowl, The Oscars, and The Grammys; and got featured in the Empire X Pepsi crossover ad.
ArnStar is fully dedicated to giving back to his community and makes it his mission to facilitate a world where people have the freedom to express themselves with their talents and abilities. He is in close partnership with organizations such as Life Camp Inc (Queens), Guns Down Life Up (Bronx), National Action Network Youth Huddle (Harlem), and Zoe Youth Leadership (Upper West Side). Taking a step towards the future, ArnStar recently released his full-length album titled “Light Layers: Extended Spectrum.” He has also taken on the lead role in a new film entitled “Wheels,” winning six awards including best narrative from both the audience and jury at the Woodstock Film Festival.
Five years from now, ArnStar sees himself as a successful entertainment entrepreneur ranging from music and film production to educational services directed towards the youth. He wants to remind everyone that limitations live only in the mind and if you can dream it, it is achievable.
To learn more about Sean Kirkland, a.k.a ArnStar, you may visit his website.