We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Hughes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jared, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As far as risk goes, I believe in living life to the fullest and always being in the present moment. I want to teach and inspire others to live in The Flowstate, which is the name of my brand/business/social media. “The Flowstate” is typically a term used in extreme sports describing the strongest sense of being in the zone. Extreme sports athletes require intense focus in their sport, because their lives depend on it. When you reach the Flowstate, you are so hyper-focused that nothing else matters except what you are doing at that specific moment. The Flowstate is a concept that we should live by at all times and in any activity, not just in extreme sports. By channeling all of the energy that we normally store, we can unlock our maximum potential, which empowers us to sincerely give our all. One-hundred percent of our focus is dedicated to our craft, passions and to the people around us. Think of the possibilities we can achieve by doing this! Reaching The Flowstate is actually very similar to “reaching enlightenment.” To understand how to truly live in the moment is the fundamental key to taking in and appreciating all the wonder and beauty this world has to offer. I believe that “adrenaline junkies” aren’t actually living for the adrenaline, but are instead living to constantly reach The Flowstate again and again. That feeling of “feeling so alive” in those moments that they are so close to death is simply them taking it all in and truly appreciating life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, I was in a nearly fatal motorcycle accident that landed me in a coma. Doctors told me I would be in the ICU for 18 months, but I refused to accept that diagnosis. I got out of the ICU immediately and recovered in 7 months. Determined not to allow that accident to deter me, I threw myself 100x harder into pursuing my dreams, going on to become a professional ballroom dancer in Los Angeles, as well as a pro stuntman in the entertainment industry and an extreme sports content creator and influencer. As a dancer, I have performed all over the world. As a stuntman I have done everything from high falls to motorcycle stunts to film fighting, wrecks and wire work. But, probably my favorite thing to do is extreme sports like skydiving, scuba diving, rock climbing, snowboarding, and of course, motorcycle riding. People always ask me how I could go back to riding motorcycles after the accident, but I love it and I don’t want fear to hold me back from doing the things I love. I always go 110% in everything I do because I don’t want to miss out on any life opportunities. That’s what the accident taught me more than anything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Because I’m an extreme sports enthusiast, my favorite things to do in the city revolve around that. I love skydiving at Skydive Elsinore or Skydive Perris and taking people shooting at California Tactical Academy, I also love doing acro yoga and surfing on the Green at Santa Monica beach and riding in helicopters with Orbic Air… 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 would like to thank one of my biggest inspirations, Uncle Iroh, for setting an example and offering so much wisdom in my life. I would also like to give recognition to a few of my biggest inspirations like Gon, Goku, Midori izuku, and Asta.
Photos 2 and 3 are Spencer Sunn. The last one is Tara Simon.