We had the good fortune of connecting with Dani Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dani, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe risk is a necessary ingredient of success. It took me time to build up a risk tolerance, and it’s still something I test weekly. I’ve made many “risks” in business but I don’t consider them to be especially risky because I put in time to weigh my options. For many entrepreneurs, the riskiest ventures are financial, but they are also potentially the most profitable. Whenever I’m pressed with the choice to take a risk or leave it, I ask myself two main questions, “will this save me money [in the long run] or will it make me money?” If the answer to these questions is yes, then I usually take the risk.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m very grateful to have multiple streams of income that stem from my Youtube channel and representing Montana at Miss USA. Creating my business was not easy. One of the best pieces of advice that anyone can give you when it comes to starting a business is to start before you’re ready. When I look back at the beginning of my channel, the content I produced had value but it looked terrible and I was awkward on camera. But it weren’t for years of trial and error, and constant reinvestment into myself and my tools, then I wouldn’t be self-employed.
The lessons I’ve learned are countless and continuous. Most recently I’m learning the importance of implementing systems within your business that allow it to run without you. If you’re a solopreneur, this is especially important. You need to create a business model that allows you to take vacations and time off. You do not want to be tied to your business because it needs your attention 24/7. That’s why it’s essential to gradually outsource tasks or hire a team when possible, so that you can focus on pouring your strengths into your products or services, rather than trying to manage every single aspect of running a business.
I hope that when people, or brands, look at my business that they see the sincerity that goes into my work. I love that I get to create video content, courses, and offer one-on-one consulting. I feel so blessed by every opportunity that is the result of the effort that I put into everything I put out into the world. My journey has not been easy; I share a lot about the obstacles I overcame with my audience, because I hope to paint a realistic picture of what it looks like to turn your passions into an unconventional dream job.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a huge fan of the beach, so I’d take my friend to Manhattan Beach, where we could ride scooters or beach cruisers down the bike path. After a short ride in the sunshine, we’d head over to a long-time local spot called The Kettle, to sit on their patio and brunch. I’d recommend one of my favorite dishes, the crab cake Benedict. After that we would enjoy a relaxing beach day.
During the week we’d make time to head over to the P.volve Los Angeles studio, where we would take a few workout classes and hopefully have time to enjoy a massage.
Since I’m a fan of upcycling vintage and thrifted fashions, I’d take my friend to the downtown fashion district. We’d shop for unique fabrics, trims, and unique fashion items. And since we’d work up an appetite from all our shopping we’d stop into a small Persian restaurant called Presto Grill. The employees are really friendly and serve up generous servings of their delicious kabob plates.
Last, I’d make sure that we got dressed up for the night and went to Takami Sushi. This is a beautiful rooftop restaurant in the financial district. The sushi is some of the best I’ve ever eaten and the night sky views are breathtaking.
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?
Maureen Francisco, published author, speaker, and actress. She’s truly phenomenal and influential in my life. She’s taken me under her wing to provide constant motivation, opportunities and advice. I’m thankful and inspired by her.
Irma Lomidze (photo credit for crown image)