We had the good fortune of connecting with Chiara Nicole Gero and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chiara Nicole, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I want to start off by saying how I do not consider myself to be much of a risk taker. I am a control freak, a triple Aries, someone who enjoys structure and balance, someone who is filled with anxiety and dread when a rule (that I have usually made up in my own mind) is at risk of being broken. That being said, I have found that my life would not have gone the way it did if I did not break the rules I and society have absolutely made up. Maybe I would have been in Croatia still, following a timeline that was different than the one I am loosely following now. Or on the East Coast, where my friends have been residing since we graduated. Or I would have still been less aware of who I truly want to be one day. Lately, I have also found that taking risks for me has meant leaning into who I am and how I feel completely and unapologetically. I think we are somewhat taught throughout our lives what is “correct” or “expected” from how we dress to how we love, others and ourselves. Ever since I graduated, I have tried to take risks emotionally, if you will. Cry when I feel tears coming, send that message when everyone seems to think the best thing to do is keep it to yourself, laugh when the giggles take over, things like that. Being able to recognize when I should be leaning into this “risky” behavior has broken down walls I didn’t even know I had, and has helped me gain insight on what paths are forming ahead of me as I navigate this time of immense change. While I am still searching for that clear path in terms of my career, being able to take a risk and let go of the pressure I had put on myself and allowed others to put on me has finally allowed me to make choices strictly based on if they bring me joy or not. I’ve recently taken the risk of completely and utterly, with finality, deciding to start over with finding a career path that was right for me. This has allowed calmness to be welcomed back to my mind and body. So I say risk it! Whatever taking a risk might mean to you – do it. There really is no other way for it to unfold but in your favor.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Ever since I moved to LA, I have been working in the service industry! You know, how every single person who moves to LA and wants to be some sort of artist does. I’ve been so lucky to be a part of a work place that has been filled with and run by women, that has encouraged me and supported me through tough times, and I am blessed to work with the people that I do! It hasn’t been easy, as I tend to not allow myself the grace of understanding that it is okay to take time to figure out what you want to do. I’ve tried to learn as I go, learn that I am allowed to have bad days, learn that I am allowed and encouraged to use my voice in professional settings regardless of my position. I have also learned that I would love to pursue my own business ventures and my own ideas. I have loved being a part of a team, but I am growing eager by the day to create a team of my own! So, fingers crossed as this year comes along, new opportunities show their face.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As the pandemic has loomed over us for a while, I know I would want my best friend and I to explore my favorite beach in Malibu – a closed off secret location that I have adored since I moved here! We would go hiking the Runyon, and stay at home with my two kittens to keep us and others safe. 🙂

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?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my partner Daniel! Fitting that I am finishing this on Valentine’s Day, our third together. Daniel has inspired me to really understand who I am and the patterns that make me unique. He continues to encourage me ever so gently, by actively listening to me even when I do not have much to say. He has been supportive in any endeavor I chose to take on (or not take on), and my life would be less colorful without him.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chiaranicolegero/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chiara-nicole-gero-051932151/

Image Credits
Maclaine Coons

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