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Exploring Life & Business with Mike Walsh of Unbridled Media

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Walsh.

Hi Mike, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in St. Louis and after getting an English degree from Truman State University, I hit the road with Maritz Travel for six and a half years. During this time, I would live out of my suitcase for 300+ days out of the year while hopping from event to event. I learned a lot during this time, and always had a camera or camcorder with me.

In 2006, I headed to Denver to follow a girl (now my wife) and started working for a smaller event agency, Unbridled Solutions. In the early years, I floated between sales and marketing roles, and soon found my passion in creating video content for our corporate event clients. After realizing this was something we wanted to lean into, we found a ‘ringer’ in the form of Ben Lamb. Ben spent 15 years in L.A. working on film sets and a stint with the Recording Academy, home of the Grammy’s. Ben was heading back to native STL to raise his family and start his own production company when we crossed paths.

In 2015 we made it official and started Unbridled Media. Since then we’ve grown to 13 employees and a larger network of interns and contractors. I moved from our Denver office with my wife and family back to St. Louis in 2018 and it’s been amazing to grow our team and family here in the Lou.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I had to learn a lot in the early days, and I made some obvious missteps that make me chuckle as I look back. But as with most things, when you surround yourself with talented and trustworthy people, you can achieve a lot. Unbridled Media has been fortunate that we’ve had smooth sailing and steady growth since kicking off in 2015.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Unbridled Media?
We pride ourselves on meeting our clients where they need to be. We have savvy clients that know what they want and how to articulate that, and we have clients that have never been involved with video production at all…we love working on both ends of this spectrum. And with our unique backgrounds we are able to be that hybrid solution for all types of industries.

Our brand is our work and our people, and we’re proud of both. We also give 20% of our yearly profits back to the community. It’s not optional: it’s literally written into our operating agreement. We’re well on our way to fully funding scholarships for women and minority aspiring filmmakers at both Mizzou and Webster University, with additional contributions to other smaller organizations.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
We’re a phone call or an email away. Check out our website or drop into our DM’s on social media.

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1 Comment

  1. Aaron Keck

    November 19, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    This is awesome. Love seeing the progression and growth here. Keep up the good work!

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