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

Hi Rob, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I can best answer this question in relation to live performance. The most exhilarating and empowering moments I’ve experienced during performances are directly linked to taking emotional risks. Diving deep and sharing my truest emotions while performing requires a great deal of vulnerability. Ideally, taking thoughtful, emotional risks produces satisfying connections between my audiences and myself. Risking our emotions can also have consequences.

Taking such risks can be hurtful and disappointing. What felt right during rehearsals failed to connect during actual performances. The act of risk-taking comes from blind courage, which can result in painful, embarrassing, disappointing and despairing consequences. It’s these consequences that keeps many performers out of the ring. In simplest terms, with risk, there is as much to gain, as there is to lose. Through emotional risk, I dare my mind and spirit to step out of the everyday world and discover new grounds. Emotional risking reveals my shortcomings, dreams, and crusades through my selected material — whether it be acting in a film, performing a magic effect, or playing a song. If I choose to take such risks and challenge myself in this regard, I can inspire, intrigue, captivate and arouse myself and my audience. Shouldn’t the performer aim to create an indelible experiences for audiences to remember long after the performance has ended?

With all of these paint-by-numbers moments in our everyday lives, there’s simply no time to be boring on stage. As performers we should have the ability to leave the trite aspects of daily life behind when we step into the spotlight. From the moment that light hits our faces and we enter the audiences’ consciousness, we owe it to them to be extraordinary. I’ve come to understand that good art is steeped in risk, and those who don’t risk, don’t change or grow. The biggest disservice I can give my audiences and myself is to not risk at all. If I don’t take any risks and don’t see my ideas realized, I lose the opportunity of making something unique. By playing it safe, I only risk regret. Settling for indifference is an emotional drag and waste of time. What I risk and present today defines me tomorrow. There are plenty of other areas in life for playing things safe. I try and remember my obligations as a performer – to take audiences out of their heads and help them forget about what’s keeping them up at night.

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?
The late Glenn Milstead, known to many as Divine.

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