We had the good fortune of connecting with Orcun Saripolat and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Orcun, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?

I think personal life and business life should stay apart, but I also strongly believe that your character, your choices and decisions that you make in your personal life also create the path of your career in your business life. If you struggle to manage your personal life, there is a good chance your business would end up in failure.
Most importantly, there were turning points in my life like everybody else. Big changes can be scary but they also bring progress. Sometimes you need to make drastic decisions. Most people are afraid of loosing their existing conditions in their life and actually missing the opportunities. I calculate risks and take action. If I ever hesitated, I’m sure I couldn’t be where I am right now.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?

Funky Bear Studio is one of the new studios in Colorado. After 1.5 years of hard work with contractors, acoustic designers, architects, engineers and having more than 10 inspections, and of course investing a ton of money, we could finally set the grand opening for Funky Bear Studio for March 14, 2020. The news were saying that Corona virus was seen in CO and it took only a few days for the panic to spread, and I decided to cancel the grand opening. All the stakeholders got paid; there was a fully finished, world class recording studio in my hand that I spent my last 1.5 years to build, but its doors had to stay closed with uncertainty.
I knew I have built a different and unique studio that wasn’t one of the ordinary, dark and depressive studios, but it was a state-of-the-art, inspirational and creative space with a panoramic mountain view in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado. And I said to myself, one day I will open my studio, but now it’s time to go home. That was literally a Stay Home order in Colorado.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Evergreen is a lovely mountain town, and my studio is just a few minutes away from downtown Evergreen. I love hanging out with my clients after our sessions. There are nice small cafes and restaurants along the Bear Creek river. My favorite places are Creekside Cellars winery and Muddy Buck cafe. Murphy’s Mountain Grill is a must try too.

The Elk Meadow park is also close to my studio and it’s one of my favorite hiking and mountain biking parks. When we get stuck on a project in the studio, we take a break, jump on the bikes and hit the trails, and when you get back to the studio, you feel refreshed and ready to create again. Evergreen lake is another great option to hike around. There are great choices for eating and drinking and also outdoor activities in Evergreen and it sometimes hard to choose.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are great music producers, audio engineers and industry leaders who influenced me in my career, but I’d give you two names who inspired me the most; Rick Rubin and Arif Mardin. They could always think out of the box. While most people have been trying to repeat what was already done before many times, they made their ways independently and this actually brought them their success.

Website: www.funkybearstudio.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/funkybearstudio/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FunkyBearStudio/

Image Credits
Arily Michele, Black & White Motion Pictures

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