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.
Sabin Lomac (B.A. ’03) and his cousin Jim Tselikis launched Cousins Maine Lobster, a gourmet food truck based in Los Angeles in the spring of 2012. Cousins Maine Lobster became an instant success, delivering Maine lobster to California each day and serving traditional lobster rolls out of their food truck. Within nine months of opening, Cousins Maine Lobster was voted the No. 1 food truck in Los Angeles, has been featured on countless TV shows, and even struck a deal with real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran on ABC’s Shark Tank. The cousins opened their first restaurant in September 2012 and went on Good Morning America to promote their online shipping business of all Maine seafood products.
Sabin was born in San Diego, CA, but spent the majority of his childhood in Scarborough, Maine, a suburb of Portland. Raised solely by his mother, Jeannie, an actress and teacher, he was introduced to the art of performance at a young age. His talent in local plays was quickly recognized as soon he was represented by Portland Models and Talent, the state's premier talent agency at the time. Throughout middle and high school he continued to act in plays and commercials, and received a scholarship from Time Warner Cable to attend Hofstra University upon winning an acting and directing contest.
While at Hofstra, Sabin found a home at the University's New College Theatre. He took the leads in The Laramie Project, Gas, Flop Cop, The Odd Couple, The Man Who Couldn't Dance, and Suddenly Last Summer. He performed in additional off-Broadway plays in New York City, co-starred in the independent features Don't Shoot the Pharmacist and Why George, and appeared in print campaigns for Yahoo! and The Wall St. Journal, Calvin Klein, and countless others. Sabin has also starred in The History Channel's Conquest of America: The Southeast; co-starred on Veronica Mars, Mad TV, All My Children, Saints and Sinners, and Guiding Light; and has appeared in numerous other commercials, plays, and short films.
Sabin currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He is a sports fanatic, and loves music, movies, and traveling. He cares deeply for his family and friends, and prides himself on being a fun, positive person. Sabin is an only child, an Aries, and a strong believer in tolerance and equal rights.