We had the good fortune of connecting with Gena Milanesi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gena, what role has risk played in your life or career?
In any creative realm, there is risk.
As someone who enjoys the thrill yet respects its nature, I am constantly challenging myself to find ways that carefully measure and balance risk because that allows me to take gambles without losing sleep. In Eli Broad’s book, “The Art of Being Unreasonable”, he mentions the importance of being a “why not thinker” vs. an “of course not thinker” – the latter will paralyze you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art has taken me on some interesting turns throughout my life. The good and the bad has collectively been a beautiful adventure. Alfred Hitchcock used to say how success and happiness to him is a clear horizon; a clear horizon with a freedom to be as creative as you wish. I’ve placed my practice as a priority for many years, especially the early days embarking on this journey. None of it was easy, but the greatest exercise is trusting your instincts. I hope my work conveys this instinctive nature and evokes some type of reaction.
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.
Over planning kills magic – especially with your best friend 😉
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?
Close friends & family, especially my father for installing more paintings than he’d like to count in the early days.