Sean Forbes is a young musician who happens to be deaf. His parents are musical but Sean has always had his own talent and aspirations. Sean doesn’t let his “handicap” hold him back in pursuing a career in music. Sean started a non-profit called D-PAN, Deaf Performing Artists’ Network. D-PAN is comprised of deaf performers and creators, music industry professionals, and members of the general public. Together they make the music industry and music culture more accessible to the hearing impaired by intertwining popular music videos & ASL (American Sign Language). “When you tell people who aren’t familiar with D-PAN that we create music videos for the deaf, they’re always taken back. I love the oxymoron of it which is why it’s so beautiful,” the 26-year-old says.
Whether it’s doing songs by Christina Aguilera, John Mayer or Eminem, Sean sees beauty in the way his deaf performers sign to music. Recording artists and songwriters gain the opportunity to reach a new, untapped marketplace, and the deaf/hard of hearing audiences worldwide reap the benefit of experiencing music and entertainment which speaks directly to them.