Oklahoma State University: How Baker Became an “Everyone”

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Bryson Baker is a Stillwater native who thought he would go to medical school after following medical students at the University of California-Berkeley School of Medicine.

He started out as a pre-med student at Oklahoma State University, but after taking a acting class to meet the demands of the humanities, his path began to diverge.

“Mathematics and science have a problem posed where you are working towards an answer,” he said. “Acting is almost the complete opposite. It’s about how well a question can be asked. Then you explore it and you come up with an answer maybe and maybe not.”

Baker ended up earning a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, which allowed him to combine countless disciplines into a personalized degree. He stayed at OSU to complete a BFA in Acting before earning his Masters in Acting. His plan after graduation was to move to LA to continue playing, but he ended up meeting the love of his life, Raychel, and staying in Stillwater.

In 2011, after marrying Raychel, he accepted a job with the Student Union, specifically managing the Apple contract through the University Bookstore. He built a team that is now known as Orange Tech from the ground up. With his newfound skills, Baker sat down at his kitchen table to start planning what he wanted to do next. He made a list of things he was passionate about and thought about how to combine all of the things he loved into one singular business.

“I love alcohol, responsibly. I love coffee. I love the barber,” he said. “I love men’s fashion and have a deep desire to give back.”

Using an allegorical poem called “Everyman,” he found the name of his business and began to turn his idea into reality. He spent over a year focusing on diversifying his skills and meeting people across the state from whom he could learn, whether they were roasters, bartenders or barbers.

It started out selling ties at a local barber shop and led to its own building in 2016 at 713 S. Main St. in Stillwater. His diverse background has allowed him to better connect with the community and solve problems in unique ways.

“I think it helps me when I meet clients, when I am developing a business strategy and permits, because like my stage partner in an acting sequence, the client is my focus. If I am not focused on my client or on my fellow stage partner, I lose, ”Baker said.

Through it all, Raychel was battling an irreversible lung disease that ultimately left her completely bedridden and in need of oxygen. In 2018, she was put on the lung transplant list and the two began to pray for a miracle. The couple and their young son moved to Oklahoma City to be closer to Raychel’s medical team.

It was a difficult transition. Baker had started teaching at OSU in the theater department and continued to run his company based in Stillwater. He made it work and on August 16, 2018, Raychel received a double lung transplant and was able to breathe unhindered for the first time in his life. Obviously, their life has changed for the better.

Fast forward to today and Baker is growing his business. Recently he bought a property that will allow Everyman to grow into something new that no one has seen before. The new property will have a coffee bar, haberdashery and hair salon even larger than their current location, while also allowing them to add a bar and spaces for guests to relax and study. He also goes to hairdressing school.

On top of all this, Baker continues to teach at OSU. He teaches a course called “Introduction to Stage Entertainment”.

“I make no apologies for not being an academic,” Baker said. “What I am is someone who is passionate about theater and understands the applications of theater to a major in education or chemistry. I want to open their eyes to the idea that theater is not just actors. ”

When he first started attending OSU being a teacher and business owner was not on his radar and yet, through a diverse education and an open mind, Baker was able to do some amazing things.

“I feel like taking an exploratory approach to education is so powerful,” he said. “The College of Arts and Sciences really offers that, with the variety of courses you can take and the way you can bundle the degrees. ”


This press release was produced by Oklahoma State University. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.


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