We had the good fortune of connecting with Fletch Power and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fletch, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking is necessary to get to the next level in life and in your career. There are different types of risk- taking levels, and I like to think of them as the different bosses you’d face in a video game.
First, you have the Mini Boss, which is low risk, low reward. And like any good Mini Boss, low risks are a good way to practice and improve your (risk-taking) skills.
Next is the Big Boss. These risks can change your day to day. They usually appear scarier than they actually are, but you won’t know this until after you’ve conquered them. As you gain more experience with facing this particular risk, they become easier to recognize.
And finally, there’s the Super Boss. This is high risk, high reward or high loss. Taking this risk could change your future, but you can’t confidently face the Super Boss aka the high risk until you’ve conquered all the Mini Bosses and Big Bosses preceding him. By the time you’re at this stage, hopefully, your risk-taking skills will be in a different place than when you started, and you’ll be able to suss out the level of risk versus reward. I’ve lived my adult life by this metaphor, and it’s shown me how to take calculated risks, so that when I take a leap of faith, I know I’ll always land in a better place.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I just wrapped shooting a web series over the weekend and followed that with an edgy proof-of-concept. Both jobs have been with frequent collaborators, and that’s always a plus when you work with a team that shares the same language as you. Outside of work, I’m in pre-pro for a spec commercial and sketching out some ideas for a potential doc. When it rains, it pours, right?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Off rip, Cassell’s in KTown for their burgers and great $6 Old Fashioneds. You also have to try their dulce de leche banana cream pie. If you’re looking for lighter fare, Lolo Wine Bar in Thai Town is where it’s at. It’s got great vibe, and Andy (the owner) has gotten me hooked on wine with his recommendations.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Uncle Aaron deserves a ton of recognition for shaping who I am today. Back in the late ‘90s, while everyone else was watching TV or playing computer games, he was using that same technology to create music or video clips before self-producing art was a thing. Any time I’d go over to his house, he’d show me how to use his computer or let me listen to the latest track he was producing. He’s lived many lives—as a graphic designer, DJ TV director, and now, a media studies teacher at my old middle school in Orlando. He’s trailblazer.
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