We had the good fortune of connecting with Casey Mensing and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Casey, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This is an interesting concept for me to think about. I grew up in a very risk-averse environment. The notion of taking the well-worn path was definitely ingrained in us. I think I largely avoided challenging situations growing up because of this. When I was a senior in high school and I started to become aware of the creative person inside me and my passions were driving me to pursue the arts, I began to question many of the notions I grew up with and needed to make that break. Until I was around thirty I teetered between living the type of life I felt I was supposed to, and one that I felt more at home in. Now risk and uncertainty feel normal and I’ve proven to myself that if I approach any situation with an ability to adapt and improvise, I’ll be fine.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m primarily a writer, though I do paint and take photographs as well. The thing I’m most proud of in terms of my writing is the fact that I’m still working on my craft every day. It’s been a long, weird road that’s lead me to having lived all over the U.S. Lovers and friends have come and gone. The one constant for me has always been the written word. No matter where I wake up, I’m a storyteller. I take more pride in that than in any professional success I’ve had.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The thing I love most about the greater Los Angeles area is that it’s an incredible amalgamation of people, cultures, and experiences. Each city/neighborhood has its own vibe and is truly its own experience. If I had a full uninterrupted week to show a person around, I would want to give them a taste of that, show them that this is one of the most exciting and interesting cities they’ll ever experience.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents for sure.

Website: https://ko-fi.com/caseymensing

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