Sabin Lomac (B.A. '03)
Sabin Lomac Q & A:
What was your favorite class, who was your favorite professor, or what is your fondest memory of Hofstra?
I loved all of my classes with Jeff Romano and Keith Pounds, both with whom I studied acting and performance. These guys were great, their classes were so interesting and interactive, I truly looked forward to them. On a personal note, I met some of my closest friends at Hofstra – guys who I will be close with until I’m old, fat and bald. Vinny Carbone, John Piergallini, and my best friend, Shaun Higgins – these guys are still people I can depend on and call real friends. I also was very close to Frank Gorman, a former soccer player who passed away while we were still in college. We all had a lot of fun in C Square. Maybe too much fun.
What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
My first “real” job after graduating Hofstra was in a real estate office in Southern California. Until then I had only been acting, but since I was in a play and had my days free, I decided to try a new field and see if I liked it. I ended up becoming very successful in this field, allowing me the free time to pursue acting, but also making enough money to be happy. The biggest thing I learned there was how to manage your free time. Like college, no one was there telling you when to work and when to play. I always went to my classes at Hofstra (well, almost always) and in real estate I always tried to put on a suit and get to the office daily. Doing this forced me to work, which resulted in success, and then in play. I mastered the art of work hard and play hard.
What is your field of specialty, and how did you come to work in the industry?
Today, I find my days filled with growing my new business, Cousins Maine Lobster. My cousin and I had a vision of opening a small food truck in LA that flew in fresh Maine lobster every day. Since opening our small truck only eight months ago, we have been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, where we successfully became partners with New York real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran. We have also been featured on Good Morning America, The History Channel, GILT, and countless other local TV shows, newspapers and magazines. Three months ago we opened a restaurant in Los Angeles and also launched our online shipping business, which sends Maine lobster and lobster products throughout the country. This business is growing uncontrollably; it’s truly amazing.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
My advice to Hofstra students would be to think of your dream job, whatever it is, and go for it. If you truly devote time and energy to a dream of yours, it will happen. It sounds corny, but it’s true. The majority of us just think a lot of jobs are unattainable, which is just an excuse to be lazy. The people who earned them worked hard and followed their goals, which is the only reason they have the dream jobs. If you want it, go and get it. My other advice is to have as much fun as possible. I remember rushing through college, feeling like I was ready for the next thing and not living in the moment. I would give anything to be back in my dorm room with my friends, even for a weekend. Those times are priceless.
In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
How has your degree helped you?
When people ask where I went to college I am proud to say Hofstra. This school, the experiences and the professors all gave me the knowledge and confidence to be fortunate enough to work for myself and continue to follow my passions.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job and my life as a whole is that I control my own destiny. I don’t have to answer to anyone but myself and I have the ability to grow and build my businesses exactly how I want them. This freedom is the best part of my lifestyle and job choice.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you see your career progressing to in the future?
In 10 years I see Cousins Maine Lobster being a successful, nationwide franchise of restaurants and food trucks, allowing me the time to continue acting and traveling. I will own a place in New York and Los Angeles, have a wife and family of my own, and most important, God willing, I will be happy and healthy. PS. I’m half Flying Dutchmen and half Pride. Still confused on that.