We had the good fortune of connecting with Darryl L Sampson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darryl L, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk thinking & taking RISKS have been very vital in my life. Long before I started in corporate America or even dreamed of a career. Growing up I watched my parents take those risk leaps, whether it be their careers, residential, or just in life. I didn’t understand at that moment, that their risk-taking was preparation grounds for me. Years later I would take similar risk leaps with my very own family. When I think of risk, I automatically consider an extreme level of faith. Many may say I’ve mastered faith, but mastering risks requires maturity within the faith. It’s this mindset that has allowed me to remain focused & grounded when it boils down to decision making. During my relocation process to California, I found myself in a position of either taking a risk or just existing. When you’re about that life lol…(joking) it will require taking risks from time to time. How would you ever know your strengths if you never gave working out a try?!?! My wife & I always wanted our children to have, see & experience greater than what we ever did. With that territory came many risks. Many thought (& still do) think that we’re crazy for relocating to California & not to mention this would be our second time relocating to another state. But we had to get past people, what they think & regain focus on OUR thinking. I’ve come to a place in my life where I try not to overthink risk. I tell myself, “Darryl, just do it, man”!! Too much thought before taking the initial risk can detour an ultimate decision. A made-up mind, with clear a conscious, has opened many new doors of opportunity for my family & my career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I consider myself a piece of distinguished art, that has many facets. What sets me apart is my ability to take a good idea, thought, or story & create from a place of humility & determination. While some may focus on a budget & location. My focus is taking advantage of what’s been set in front of you (for the time being) & executing from that exact place. Even if there is no budget, “RUN WITH THE VISION DARRYL” (is what I tell myself). It’s that place where your foundation is established. If your foundation is solid you can’t help but to “GROW” up. It’s also here where sponsorship, gifts, granted FAVOR, etc. visits you.
I must say, that I am most proud of a willingness to remain & withstand despite the REAL LIFE challenges in life as well help push other creatives into their pioneered status. I’ve been in California for three in a half years & have experienced a flux of opportunities presented to me & my family. Opportunities that would have never been presented had we not stepped out on faith & relocated. Don’t get me wrong it was difficult & at times, I felt like we had made a mistake. As the head of my house, I even felt like a complete failure. But I couldn’t fall prey to that senseless mindset. We were now out here & it was time to sink or swim. Seems crazy for me to be proud of something of this magnitude, but it made me a stronger individual.
Getting to my professional place required another level of focus & critical thinking. Not allowing what seemed difficult ahead to paralyze me from achieving, being proactive, retaining knowledge & applying it to every opportunity (just to name a few) was part of the method, on the road to professionalism. Growing up I was taught that being polite is another level of being professional. Maintaining high respect & embracing the golden rule (treat others how you want to be treated), has been a major-notch in my belt when it comes to professionalism. Being faced with many challenges within corporate America, ministry & everyday life, it was very vital for me to establish a “WIN-WIN” mentality. When obstacles would intervein I was already mentally prepared. Prayer & connection with like-minded individuals helped me overcome many challenges & what were considered shortcomings.
I learned so much through experience, as well as trial & era. If there is a storm ahead, you must prepare for what’s to come & learn to take the good along with the bad. If I had the opportunity to share with a group of creative individuals, I would encourage them to cease every moment presented. Because in life you may only get one go at it. I would also encourage them not to take connections for granted. Samp Son’s Production was birth out of opportunity & chance. So I pride myself on giving many an opportunity & many more a chance. Now it’s up to that individual to take that opportunity, learn from it & execute! If I work with you, I look for growth & grand expansion within you & from you. This is part of our core values and beliefs. Remembering, we CAPTURE your MOMENT.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Upon leaving LAX, (for starters) I would have to stop in at Melody Bar & Grill on Sepulveda. Another Broken Egg, Coral Cafe & Over & Out (Burbank) along with the Court Cafe (LA) would have to be my top eateries. We would have to shop around for the best taco Tuesday spots…hahaha I would spend lots of time visiting the mountains, Runyon Canyon & Griffith Observatory. The Americana & Galeria (Glendale) would have to be my spots for shopping, along with a trip to Beverly Hills & Hollywood Blvd to site see. Lastly, you cant be a friend of mine visiting & not schedule a photoshoot in the Arts District!! I consider the Arts District to be my personal studio/office for creativity. There is so much to explore & eat during your stay in Cali, PRIODT!! Lol…You will need longer than a week so that we could hit the wineries & explore more. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
In all honesty, I have two individuals I would have to dedicate my shoutout. First I would have to acknowledge my beautiful wife (21 years) Monica D. Sampson, She is & has been my number one cheerleader since day one. It was her RISK-taking strategies that prompted our relocation to California. She has been my system of support when I felt my support system failed me. I would hear her in my ear telling me, “yes you can”. We grew up together at our home church in Houston, Texas. So we have lots of HIStory together, You can find out more about our story in our debut book, It Can Happen (Amazon), which was completed & published with 8 months of our relocation to California. I love you MONICA!! My second shoutout would have to be extended to my mentor Cedrick Fisher. He’s the one that fed my thirst for creativity and didn’t close the door on my (many) vision & ideas. He & his wife Cho Kawaii pushed me literally to the edge of seeing outside of the box & focusing on the greater investment within myself. I’d always had a desire for the camera & years later I would meet Cedrick. It wouldn’t be long before he put a camera in my hands & had me go out & capture b-roll footage on a special project. Let’s just say his phone would constantly ring, with my number blinking in the caller id. I even tried to become a face for his brand. (LOL…insider)
Laquana Willams (Caught By Impressions), Darryl L. Sampson (Samp Son’s Production)