We had the good fortune of connecting with THC Samuel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi THC Samuel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always wanted to work for myself. When I started MHPC Media back in 2016 I had just finished with a company that treated it’s employees terribly and I decided that it was a great time in my life to give it a go at my first business. If it didn’t end up working out, there would always be another “job” out there but the chance to start something for myself and work in an industry that I love doing work that I love is something I could not let slip, so I started MHPC Media and it was the best choice of my life.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
MHPC Media stands for Mile High Photography and Consulting and over the course of my first 5 years in business I have developed a business model that focuses on brand specific content, customer service and helping brands and businesses handle their social media and online presence in the most positive and productive ways possible. I love photography, creating content and branding and I try to bring as much to the table with my clients as possible.
Regarding what sets me apart, I would simply say my work ethic. I work all the time and I love what I do, I think it would be a difficult task to find someone who out works me and the effort I put forth with the brands I work with.
Business wise, it has been a consistent grind. I have not taken a single vacation or break since I started the company in 2016 and it’s also about constantly trying to improve my craft and business. I have learned to keep my head down and work, and then when I think I have had enough for the day, try to crush out more and continue working until I see productivity declines. At the end of the day, if you want something bad enough, the work won’t be an obstacle but rather something you embrace as the process to achieving what you want / achieving your dreams.
I want everyone to know that I am grateful for where I am but that I have worked my ass off for every single job, role, contract, opportunity etc… and that nothing has been handed to me. I watched my parents work their entire lives and never really see happiness or true financial freedom. I’m motivated to make sure my life is different and owning my own business has been the first major step along that path. I also want to say a huge thank you to any of my past, current or future clients for the opportunity to do the work I love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Thats a great question. In terms of food, definitely must hit Cheba Hut and Pepper Asian Bistro downtown for lunch. I would also probably hit up Bob’s Atomic Burgers in Golden. For dinner, Matsuhisa downtown is incredible or Guard and Grace for some steak. I do a lot of hiking in my spare time so I would say take a hike by the classic Red Rocks theater, maybe a trip to the Rocky Mountain national park to see some wild animals and more nature you don’t really get in other states. Definitely a trip to Everdream Studio to see the crew there and the insane pieces of glass they are working on and a trip to Higher Grade. If there is time, probably see a live show at The Roxy or Summit Theater in downtown Denver.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Nathan “N8” Miers. Easy one for me. N8 has played a big role in my career and really gave me my first shot at professional glass photography in both a studio setting while artists work and the traditional studio setting when a piece of artwork is complete. I wrote an article about N8 back in 2016 and he basically asked me to start doing some work for him and it slowly expanded to where things are now with me acting as his full time manager and photographer. Huge shoutout to the big bro N8.