Interview with Sam Ehrlich (@sampagnepapi_)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Ever since I was a child I had been obsessed with production. I used to decorate my house extensively for Halloween. I thrive to stay humble but it was truly the gem of the neighborhood. It brought pure joy to me to see others enjoy the choices I made in decorations. From the lights to the fog and the sound effects I tried my hardest to completely transform my house and environment much like a set decorator for a movie would. I always found the most enjoyment and solace when I was able to express myself through creative mediums such as decoration. This was a huge catalyst in sparking my journey of being a creative.
Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
I can’t get too specific but when certain celebrities like your work and certain publications include it in articles it’s incredibly exciting. More specifically when a post goes viral and just snowballs into an avalanche of impressions and shares that gets globally recognized it’s quite unbelievable. A feeling that can’t quite be expressed it’s exciting and just thrilling to say the least with a little bit of overwhelming in the best way possible.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I recommend they never give up without a fight because they never know what opportunities hide Being inspired to create is hard to do sometimes in this ever evolving space of trending ideas and a sometimes unforgiving algorithm that pressures you to work at lightning speeds to make the most efficient and entertaining content. I think overall, good quality content wins and is timeless. Good content comes from an authentic place within that’s hard to truly express as an artist and for lack of a better explanation when you feel it you just feel it and you never want to stop this could ultimately sprout many different and new ideas you didn’t see initially. I think taking a moment to stop and unplug is essential to avoid burnout. Being mindful of deadlines but also taking your time helps me think and get excited and inspired. Of course I also look for inspiration but I think it’s incredibly important to just focus on yourself. The bottom line is taking an almost meditative ritual view at work and making it seem like an art project.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Obviously first and foremost my father gave me a chance and a platform to continue my creativity in the form of social media management and throughout my life he’s taught me tons of entrepreneurial and artistic lessons. My mother is also an artist and has also helped me immensely by exposing me to creativity and encouraging me to express myself in any medium. Both of them have been incredibly supportive and helpful to say the least.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I like to think that my content helps bring a smile to some. I always thrive to create new things that will attempt to leave a mark on society in a positive way. I also strive to help any other creatives that need help with their passions and projects for charity. If I can lend a helping hand behind the scenes or more upfront I’m there.
Do you have a favorite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite artist George Condo once described painting as walking in a forest and not knowing what you’re going to do until it comes to you. This is incredibly relevant because it ties right back to what I was saying about taking your time to approach content creation in a mindful way that isn’t forced and is just authentic. When you know you just know.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Sampagnepapi_ is my handle across all platforms!
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I’m incredibly thankful and I never take anything for granted.