We had the good fortune of connecting with Ian Hodgson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ian, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
MacMillan Studio really developed organically. It started with my love of music and deciding I wanted to start learning about music production, at the same time I was learning some video and photo editing techniques at my day job where I was developing training material for new systems I was helping implement. The next thing I knew I was creating advertising material for family and friends.
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?
MacMillan Studio is really about me being able to be creative and use my God-given talents to help others. What we offer are marketing materials tailored to small businesses and any budget. Setting up brands, showing off what others do, and helping them to do it at a reasonable cost are all reasons I took the plunge and started marketing my own business. I am passionate about the projects I work on, and often that passion will push projects further than a budget will. Maybe the hardest, but I think also the best, thing about MacMillan Studio right now, is that it is still new and developing. As clients bring me new challenges my passion drives me to expand to exceed them.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Houston is so wonderful and diverse, with beautiful places to see and wonderful food to eat. When friends come to town a week is not nearly long enough. But some of my favorite places can be found around the outskirts of Houston. First off we have to hit a couple of the local breweries. No Lable Brewing in Katy and 11 Below Brewing in northwest Houston would be Friday and Saturday for sure. Head down to Galveston Island for a day on the coast. And a visit to NASA followed by dinner on the Kehma Boardwalk is always on my list for out-of-town visitors. At some point, we would have to take a nighttime drive down N Durham to see one of the best views of downtown Houston lit up, with a stop at any new restaurant that has opened in the Heights area for dinner. The rest of the week we would probably check out events in the Katy area like have a game night at Battle Hops Brewing. We would of course have to eat at quite a few local restaurants like Tan Tan Wok, or Texas Traditions. And I would definitely try to cap their visit off with reservations for a dress-up fancy dinner and drinks at Bludorn.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
MacMillan Studio wouldn’t exist if not for a lot of people who have influenced me over the years. But the support I receive from my wife, and our parents is the only thing that lets me keep pursuing this dream.