We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Shih and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The gamble of taking the chance is part of the appeal for my life/career. Risks appear in many different forms and much like other concepts like sacrifice, luck, and the unknown, I think its important to recognize how risks feel within, so that resilience and commitment is grounded no matter what the outcome is. School taught me how to calculate risks with gauging probability, all possible outcomes, and domino effects of the given choice. Life experience has taught me what risks feel like and how to cope with more adversity when facing fears. Some risks can be packaged very nicely, wrapped with ample time and outside resources to minimize the probability of failures. Other risks can be so instantaneous that they call for nothing else but a raw motivation so deeply from within to go for what I believe in. The biggest rewards sometimes come from the biggest risks, but it really matters that I am able to purely love the risk and reward itself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The truth about how much of what goes on behind the scenes on growing and sustaining a business to last? A business is a living, breathing thing. I’m proud that I have always wanted to prioritize business and commerce into my life. The tough decisions, opportunity costs, and responsibility to lead and push forward is not for the faint of heart. The beauty of business is that it truly is what you make it to be. Much like pole dancing itself, Inversion represents a destination that will spark growth from within. The brand stems from my quest to innovate longevity and various avenues into pole dancing. Making it fun, thrilling, and shining light onto sensuality and feminine movement. Inversion encourages artistry, philosophy, and various fitness/dance influences to foster authentic pole movement. Pole dancing is very free-form, and Inversion has played a great part in organizing and influencing how it is presented to the community over the past 11 years.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve always thought the best way to visit an area is to immerse in at locally owned spots. The mom & pop coffee shops and restaurants, vintage stores, and knick-knack shops. There would be full days and nights of being at the beach and soaking up the sun and going with the flow. Letting go of time and seeing what happens. Alot of the beaches in OC are my favorite spots because it is always so easy to mingle with fun people there. I love the city nightlife as well. Anywhere that has a dance floor! Whether it be watching performers or actually going on the dance floor, its great to be surrounded with music and moving energy.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to credit: Sal Gomez, owner of G & G Tailors @ggtailors. Nicole Williams @nicolethepole. Julie Ngu, owner of Pacific French Bakery. Conway Ai and Joe Herrera, owners of Nxtlvl Sport and Fitness @nxtlvlsportandfitness. Lori Armstrong, owner of Electric Tan @electrictan. Ziad Dahdul, owner of Ignite Phyzio @ignitephyzio.
They all walk the walk! These individuals have garnered their own successful experiences in business and entrepreneurial ventures. I’m grateful for each of these owners and the support I’ve received along the way.