We had the good fortune of connecting with Pascal Shirley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Pascal, what role has risk played in your life or career?
With great risk often comes great reward. If you don’t risk something, you’ll never gain anything. Risk is so intertwined with life that one must always embrace it. When you’re staring calculated risk in the face it can still feel scary, but know that in times of fear and challenge you often learn and grow the most. Choosing to become an artist/photographer in my early 20’s I knew was a risk. I’m now 40 and the rewards from taking that risk far outweigh those early fears.  There is most certainly a genius to being bold. Sometimes we fail, other times we succeed, but there is evolution in continuing to push forward. Don’t settle for a false sense of security by shrinking from the right risks. Live bold and don’t look back.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a photographer based here in West Adams. I have been pursing my love of photography since I was a teenager. I run a small fine art photo printing business on the side. I studied photography in college and then assisted a wide variety of professional photographers here in LA for about 8 years. The biggest lesson I have learned is to always be open to new possibilities and be patient. Keep shooting, stay positive and give back to your community.

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 would do a full restaurant tour! Rose Cafe, La Isla Bonita, Valle, Gjelina, Destroyer, Open Face Food Shop, Bavel, Hail Mary Pizza, Hatchet Hall, My 2 Cents, Mizlala, Taqueria Los Anaya. Way too many to list. I would take them on a hike to my local park of Kenneth Hahn with great views of the city. Also to Zuma beach which is one of my beaches. A trip to the LACMA, MOCA and Getty. I can’t wait to see some live music again at the Bowl, Greek, and hollywood forever cemetery.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people deserve shoutouts! I can’t list them all here as the list would be way too long. Shoutout to my family, professors, friends and everyone I have encountered along this short life here on earth. In LA shoutout to Jason Neroni who is the chef at the Rose Cafe. He has always believed in my work.

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