We had the good fortune of connecting with Mitch Santos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mitch, how do you think about risk?
I think of risk as a pathway to a door of opportunity, whether it opens more doors to connect with others or it gives you guidance in what you actually enjoy doing. Personally, I have taken the risk of dropping out of college, and moving into a new environment where it brought me to better opportunities in advancing my life career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I personally don’t think I am much different from other people, I am just fairly stubborn. My stubbornness can either be beneficial or humble check that makes me take a step back from where I was at. I had dropped out of college to try and pursue something out of my skillset with a camera. I had actually left Colorado to pursue an opportunity in working in the production/film world. I am currently full-time freelancing for a production team, while trying to learn more and connect with more people. It is definitely challenging process but I am still determined in advancing in that world. I have learned that, you need to set boundaries with people and you need to respect yourself, at all times. Lastly, go out and meet people in your field. those people will help you grow in that field. A quote I have had learned most recently and has been in my head everyday is, “Your net worth is your network”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting me, I would definitely take them to a new coffee shop every other day and find the more “secret” restaurants. I would also take them to places that aren’t so tourist heavy because everyone has seen them already. I would also plan a few shoots that we could do together and just create to create.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people I could list-off here that has helped me become and develop the skillset/characteristics I have now. The majority of people I was connected to everyday had helped me in tremendous ways, whether it is to have an open-mind and listen to my rants, or even crazy ideas. I made friends that feels like mentors to me, that has taught so much within the creative field of photography & arts.
Trey Taylor, Izzy Rocha, Catrina Holdampf, Zoey Warren, Sara Donnelly, Bria Huff Danel Azimova & Julianna Gen