We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Chavez and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matthew, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always been more interested in media content (and anything else, really) that is more original. Content and concepts that show the creators are genuinely trying to work from the heart and break the norms. It may be true that nothing is truly original anymore, but if your heart is behind an idea it will often grow into something more unique. To me, unique is entertaining and repetition is boring. Having consistent work that covers various types of people, products, industries, and media platforms keeps things interesting and fun. Going back to my early teens, I was always a photo and video hobbyist, but after college I worked my way into web and graphic design. Once I learned Flash (RIP), I started to realize how much more prominent video and animation were likely to be across online platforms. I didn’t necessarily see a big future in production, but I knew I could be even more creative and work on fun projects with good people.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Anyone working in the film/tv industry in Colorado surely knows how challenging it can be to make connections, find consistent work, and build a brand. Many people fade away and change careers, and finding truly dependable and talented people who really want to grow takes a lot of time and effort. The same goes for clients, really. For two solid years leading into the pandemic, we were so busy with TV and Corporate work that we really had no time to focus on our brand. We are just now starting to work on that side of the business, but luckily we have been able to retain clients in the meantime. None of it was easy at all, but I think whatever brand and relationships we have established at this point have come from doing good work. So I think our portfolio speaks for itself at this point, and once our clients get to know us they generally want to stay with us.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s hard to beat Colorado. Unlike most locals, I’m not into skiing or winter sports — so I’d recommend visiting during the warmer months. If I had a week to show a friend around, I’d definitely cover Red Rocks, Coors Field, CU Boulder Campus, Pearl Street, and different areas around downtown Denver. Lunch or happy hour in the Highlands is always great, and Confluence Park in the heart of downtown is great for people watching and soaking up some sun during the summer. Of course it wouldn’t be a true visit without some type of mountain adventure as well. Too many great camping spots to mention. It’s a longer drive, but Aspen is worth it for the chill vibe and beautiful scenery (take Independence Pass). Mesa Verde and Great Sand Dunes are also great destinations if time permits.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
About five years ago, I met a very special group of people working on the set of “Cash Cowboys” (POPTV/RFD). The core of our crew remains in contact to this day, and I’m now partnered up here at Mayonnaise Productions with two of Denver’s finest Producers (Elgin Cahill, Seth Lamos). Together, the three of us bring decades of experience, along with skillsets that cover all aspects of production from concept to post production. These two guys have taught me a TON and we’ve worked as a well-oiled machine since day one.

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