We had the good fortune of connecting with Roberto Quinn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Roberto, how do you think about risk?
One of the biggest lessons we are taught growing up, is to always exercise caution and avoid risk. It helps us remember to look twice before crossing the street, not touch a stove burner, and to steer clear of strangers in vans. However, the lesson resonates with most on a much deeper level. We learn to avoid non-conventional paths in life, ones that differ from those in our immediate circles. Most of our lives are spent wrestling with whether or not to take “the risk.”
Should I leave home to chase my dreams in another city?
Should I take a chance and ask them out?
Should I speak up and ask for a raise?
We waste so much time mulling over all of the theoretical consequences that we close ourselves off to the potential reward(s) of taking said risk. I can tell you without hesitation, that without taking risks I would not be where I am. If you’ve read through my previous interview with VoyageLA, then you know I had to take many risks to get to where I am now.
I left the comfort of the Texas suburbs for the unknown opportunities in Los Angeles. After a few months of struggling I found my start at TMZ and worked my way up over the course of three years. Then when I realized that entertainment news wasn’t satisfying my professional goals, I took a huge risk and left to start Quinn Social Media Management. Though struggles ensued as I navigated the waters of entrepreneurship, I realized that even in rough waters I was still happier than I had ever been. After all of the challenges and hard work, I was finally consulting with clients I had dreamed of collaborating with. Now, I’m fortunate to work closely with people I respect and admire on projects that I’m proud of.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still an over-thinker and not every risk I’ve taken has yielded successful results. One thing you have to know, is that when you forge your own path, you will have to clear all of the vines and brambles along the way. You’ll constantly be tested, your patience will run thin, and you’ll get knocked down several times. The stories I could tell you about some nightmare projects/clients would make the hairs on your neck stand straight up. But as I imagine myself as a cog in someone else’s wheel, I can humbly say I’m grateful to have broken through that “should I?” barrier.
In economics there is a popular term, risk aversion. Most humans, when presented with uncertainty, attempt to lower that uncertainty. By definition, people who are risk averse will always choose a situation with a predictable payoff rather than agree to a situation with an unknown payoff. Low risk can mean stability and predictability, and if that’s what you are looking for that’s completely okay. But if you want to look back on a full and fulfilling life, take those risks. Picture yourself at 80-years-old looking back. Are you happy? If there is even a trace of a “what if?” – do it, take a leap of faith.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I love being a digital strategist. While many digital companies in Los Angeles focus on quick graphics and tune-in videos for bulk posting, Quinn Social Media Management specializes in tailored creative digital strategy. We create content that resonates with audiences at an emotional level and build engaged communities. The past two years have been incredible. One of my biggest childhood goals was fulfilled; I’ve had the opportunity to work the Academy Awards! I’d love to go back in time, especially a time of frustration and uncertainty, and say, “this will soon pass, one day you’ll even be working the Oscars!” Entrepreneurship, as with any path in life, comes with its own set of speed bumps. You sacrifice job security and stability. There are always lulls in business, sometimes it’s weeks, sometimes months. However, the reward has definitely proven greater than the risk. There is only so much you can learn about running a business from classes and research, the rest is all trial by fire. I encourage anyone with a dream, to set a plan, then feverishly chase it.
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 love Los Angeles, the weather is always great and the sun smiles down almost all year. Some of my favorite places in the city are:
- Huntington Library – it’s stunning to see nature at work, the gardens and attention to detail are phenomenal
- The Hollywood Reservoir trail – a great hidden spot for a scenic walk and view of the Hollywood sign
- The Getty – obviously a cliché fan favorite, but it really has some of the best views and it’s a great place for a picnic
- Jon & Vinny’s – order their 6 hour bolognese and their ricotta bruschetta, trust me
- Sugarfish – I love Sugarfish, their sushi is spectacular
- Salsa & Beer – hands down the best, and closest to Tex-Mex, Mexican good in Los Angeles
- Black Rabbit Rose – they have great cocktails and live jazz
- Mama Shelter – terrible food, decent drinks, but the view and vibe are great
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t have made it here without the love and support of my mother, the mentorship from the professionals who have believed in me every step of the way, and to those clients who continue choosing to work with Quinn Social Media Management.