About Cortney

A true renaissance man dedicated to helping people succeed.

Cortney and Christian SargentHello and welcome to my website. My name is Cortney Sargent, Sr. and I’m a husband, musician, author and 3-time award-winning graphic designer. After 8 years of marriage, my wife Christian and I have the wonderful opportunity to parent have a son, Cortney Sargent, Jr. (aka CJ).

So, what’s my story?

At my young age, I’ve been through a lot. My single mother raised my 3 siblings and I in a small trailer park in Columbus, MS. I grew up for 10 years without my dad, and I didn’t address him as “dad” until I was 24yrs old.

I was an average student in high school and became a college dropout after 3 years at a 2-year community college. I got married at 21 without a job or a plan. In our first year of marriage Christian and I had a miscarriage (quadruplets), and this was the darkest time of my life.

I’ve been poor with $0 to my name while chasing my dream of being an entrepreneur. I’ve been lied on, hated on, talked about, deceived and outcast by friends, family and even pastors. But, with every story of tribulation is a bright side.

On the other side of all I’ve been through, not only have I survived, but God has taught me how to thrive during the darkness. And, if little ‘ol me can endure those experiences and still be a success, so can you.

You can achieve success if you work hard, remain determined, and keep the faith. It doesn’t matter how you start, but how you continue the journey and finish.

I like to think of myself as a renaissance man with a creative mind. I’ve started and run freelance businesses in music instruction, photography, video production, magazine publishing and graphic & web design. Today I run 2 companies, Sargent Branding and E Squared Publishing; and I’m President of a non-profit called Up Together Foundation, Inc.

My people skills have been developed and sharpened through years of working in management, customer service, and agency environments. One of my gifts is understanding and relating to people where they are in life. I have made it my life’s work to serve others–so much so that I am beloved as “The People’s Entrepreneur”.

In 2011 I published my first book “Guide to Beginner Music Theory”, and my second second book “Stuck In Neutral: How to Achieve Success by Living Life in Drive” in 2015. In my spare time I allow my passion for music to flourish. I play the piano, bass guitar and saxophone (on occasion), and have an instrumental jazz album, “Evolution” which is available on Spotify. Along those lines, Christian and I had a family-friendly reality show that ran for 2 seasons on YouTube and local television.

At the end of my life, I want to have made an impact on the world that would resonate for many generations. I’m just a young dude who loves to help people. Let’s make it better by up together!

right now

What I'm up to these days

Cortney and Claire

MENTORING TEEN BOYS AT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Each year I fly to Sacramento, California and speak at the R.E.A.L. Manhood Leadership Summit & College Day. I conduct my favorite workshop called “The Necktie Branding Experience” where I teach teen boys (and sometimes their father) about how to present themselves, protect their personal reputation and how to tie a necktie. It’s the most rewarding mentoring experience I’ve ever had. I’m also thinking about starting my own necktie line.

COACHING OTHER DESIGN-ENTREPRENEURS
For 10 years I’ve worked in design and marketing and I feel like it’s time for me to give back to (younger) designers and the design community, sharing my knowledge and lessons I’ve learned along the way. And, just really help aspiring entrepreneurs make more money doing what they love.

EXPLORING ACTING AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
I’ve always had a desire to be an actor, and plus I’m a huge movie nut! (I even created a movie theater in my house this Summer!) I met a screenwriter at a conference in June and he’s been encouraging me to get into acting so I’ve been looking into acting classes and workshops. I’m also interested in key art and creative design for films and entertainment projects. We’ll see where that goes…

BUILDING MY AGENCY, SARGENT BRANDING
RIght now the company is about 8 years old with a strong team of 4. We primarily focus on helping technology corporations revamp their company brand and website. We’re about to launch a new service called Brand In A Box™. I’m excited about that!