We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Burgher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, why did you pursue a creative career?
For as long as I can remember I have loved people and their stories. I find them fascinating. I constantly find myself in conversation with people of all walks in the most random of places. I thrive off the energy, and I love the storytelling.
For me, pursuing a creative career came from a love of stories, and finding unique and dynamic ways to tell those stories.
When I started Thatch Creative, it was out of a desire to pursue storytelling professionally. I strive to find a compelling narrative within every perspective, and capture that in a way that is humbling and entertaining, whether it’s world class athletes or a local fashion designer. I think everyone has a story to tell, and it’s up to me to help identify that story and tell it in a refined way using cutting edge technology and a passionate team of film and photographers to help bring that vision to reality.
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.
Prior to starting my Digital Creative Agency, I worked in-house for Oakley for a decade. This was a transformative experience, and also what brought me to call SoCal home. I was surrounded by so many amazing people, and the position I was in – global training – allowed me to interface with a ton of departments to help hone my interests fresh out of college. Oakley was full of fascinating stories and interesting people.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Growing up in Seattle, I moved to SoCal after graduating from the University of Washington. I immediately landed in Huntington Beach. I called HB home for 5 amazing years before starting the migration south. Over the next decade I had the good fortune of living in a few other amazing towns before settling into San Juan Capistrano for the past 6 years.
Personally, I think South County, and specifically SJC are pretty special. The scenic coastline is only a part of it for me. SJC has this magic about it. It’s nestled in the foothills of the Cleveland National Forest, and while Doheny is on the front doorstep, Ortega Highway is right out the back door, and opens to endless trails and possibilities. The equestrian community here in SJC gives is a small town feel, and the historic Mission has been coined the jewel of the Missions for a reason.
The community is growing, but with that comes fantastic restaurants, hotels, and other welcome amenities. Some must-see spots are Hidden House Cafe (some of the best coffee in OC), Heritage BBQ for some Central, TX style grub, Trevors’s at the Tracks for some homegrown cocktails, and the infamous Swallow’s Inn for line dancing, live music, and cheap drinks (cash only of course!)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife deserves all the credit. Seriously. She is the glue that holds it all together. She is encouraging, collaborative, and endlessly supportive.