We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Silverstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe it is so important to take risks. Whether in business or everyday life, nothing compares to the feeling of triumph on the other end of fear. One thing that has always fascinated me about risks it that typically, they are derived from something you genuinely want to accomplish. Not something that someone else wants you to accomplish, but something you truly desire. Maybe it’s asking your crush on a date, jumping out of an airplane or starting your own business. Risks begin with a genuine want and I think that’s what makes them so important.
Without risks, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I dropped out of college after my Sophomore year to continue fostering the growth of my video production company. From expansion to hiring to moving across the country to Los Angeles, risky decisions became a part of everyday life.
To me, the only risk would have been to not do it. To risk not reaching my full potential by fear of stepping outside of my comfort zone. I genuinely believe that if you trust your vision and you take risks in the direction you want to go, there truly is no risk at all.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When it comes to my craft, I believe what sets my work apart is my approach to conveying a message through a comedic lens. I have always been drawn to comedy and the special feeling you get when you make someone laugh or smile. To create happiness is truly second to none and something I hope to continue getting better at with my work. I’m most proud of the fact that we have been able to sell some of our old sketch comedy ideas to big brand companies to be executed on a large scale. It’s truly a dream to be given dollars to go create something you would have created for free.
I got to where I am today professionally by prioritizing people over anything else. I have always believed in the power of people and the power of kindness. I believe that my ability to relate to people and treat everyone with respect and kindness regardless of their status or position has allowed my company to thrive and continue progressing forward.
Growing a company is the furthest thing from easy. There truly is no “peak” or end of the road. It’s constant madness and figuring things out as you go. I try to be super analytical when it comes to dissecting what myself and my company can be doing better. Failure is inevitable but failure means you are trying something. I think the best way to overcome a challenge is to take a step back, pause for a moment and look at things from an outside perspective. Even if your world might be crazy in that moment, the rest of the world moves at the same speed. Slow down for a second, figure out what you need to do and make it happen.
The greatest lesson I have learned along my journey thus far is the importance of balance. I have always looked at “time off” as a negative thing. That if I am not working 110% of the time towards my goals, that I am being lazy or wasting time. The reality, taking time to be human will further your career in ways you could never imagine. Be it from a networking stand point or just being out in the world observing trends and patters, it’s so important to take time to be a real person.
If the world takes away anything from my story, I would hope that it serves as motivation to anyone debating taking that risk. The worst thing you can do is be sitting there at the end of your journey wondering “what if?” – I’d rather fail doing something I love than win doing something I hate.
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?
When I have guests visit the area I try and give them a full 360 experience of Los Angeles. I love that there are so many coexisting lifestyles commingling in LA. From the beach and surfer lifestyle to nightlife to the industry, there is so much variety to experience here. When friends visit I try and book at least one nice dinner reservation at a good sushi spot (Wabi on Rose in Venice), show them around some local grungy food spots, plan for some time at the beach and do some fun drives around Mulholland and other areas where you can see a cool view of the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my business partner and best friend Jeremy Paczos. Jeremy and I have been working together since we started the company our Sophomore year of high school. From big wins to even bigger loses, we’ve been through so much chaos together and I truly would not be where I am today without him.