We had the good fortune of connecting with Jared Trevino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jared, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
From what I’ve observed, everybody has a different threshold for risk. I feel a lot of this has to do with each individual’s life circumstance and how they’ve approached overcoming fear throughout their life. Risk seems to play an essential part in any great success and I want to share with you the role it’s played in my ongoing success.
Success, to me, is being able to make a living doing something I am enthralled by. Along with that, being able to support myself, those I love, and those who come after me. My hope is to give others the opportunity to live their life doing something they feel will better themselves, and those around them.
Growing up I was one scared kid, so my experience with risk has been slow and gradual. Having taken a look at my past, I would run from anything that tested me in any way. Whether it was a test of my mind, my body. my creativity, my etc. This led me to feel very stuck and helpless. However, there was always a part of me that felt as though I was capable of more. I chose to trust that feeling, and in doing so it caused me to look inward.
What I found, among many other realizations, is that the shadow behind risk seems to be fear. So, risk has played a major role in my life because it has allowed me to asses where my fears lie. I find this to be extremely important in my growth as a person and as an artist. When assessing where my fears lie, I can begin to understand them and see them for what they really are. I’m able to make sense out of them by asking myself questions like, “Is this risk as dangerous as I thought?”, “What’s truly the worst thing that can happen if I take this risk?”, “What am I actually scared of?”, etc. While this process is a lot harder than running, I’ve began to notice myself raising my threshold for risks instead of keeping it stagnant. This has led me to get places and do things that, growing up, I thought you had to be some kind of special person to do so.
I’m not saying I’m some daredevil of a man, and I surely haven’t made it to my idea of success. But, let me tell ya, I’ve come a long way. I’ve learned that it happens in baby steps and that before I run away, I need to pause and be honest myself. Most of the time, it’s just my mind playing tricks on me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel like what sets me and my art apart from others, is my ability to empathize. Whether it’s my acting, my photography, or my videography – I love to explore the idea of understanding who we are as humans, and how complex we are. While I have started off fairly simple in my approach, I’ve started to expand outward and get more creative with it. It has been very challenging, but I’ve started to see immense growth in my art.
I’ve also been working on some creative ideas involving my Super 8 camera. My hopes with these projects are to push myself creatively and artistically. I’m looking to do things I’ve never done, and really push myself out of my comfort zone. Be on the lookout for those soon.
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.
If you’re like me and you’re balling on a budget, anything outdoors! If it’s hot outside, get some food and drink from Trader Joes and head out to the beach. Manhattan Beach is great, and so is Zuma beach! After you jump in that water, I promise you’ll be thankful for everything and everyone after you get out. You’d definitely want to hit up Salt N Straw at some point. They have the best ice cream and some interesting flavors. I also love a good hike so, if you’re looking for a workout, the Beaudry Loop Trail will get the job done. However, if you’re looking for something a bit simpler, the Mount Hollywood hike is always a trusty one. If you love pancakes, Millies Cafe on Sunset Blvd., that’s all I’ll say. They also have the best jam, and some amazing biscuits and gravy.
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?
Yes! There are so many people that have played a part in my journey. One person in particular that I would love to shoutout is my amazing girlfriend, Leah Grosjean. She inspires me always to be a better person, worker, and artist. I look up to her in so many ways and I’m thankful that we’ve been able to be a part of each others lives.
I’d also like to recommend a book that has been absolutely life changing, “Can’t Hurt Me”, by David Goggins. I couldn’t recommend it more.