Risk is the most common topic that comes up in our conversations with entrepreneurs and so each week we ask entrepreneurs to talk to us on the record about how they think about risk.

Casey Parlette | Sculptor

There is some risk in everything that we do in life. Before I did art full time I was a commercial diver and a full time lifeguard for Laguna Beach I also lived in the amazon jungle for a year. All of these have danger and risk associated with them but they were all very rewarding and I think that with proper preparation much of the risks can be mitigated. Making the decision to leave a steady job to make a career as an artist also has its inherent risks but can be an incredible life. Read more>>

Jay P. Brown | Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, Fit Stoner, Gamer, Host of “Ain’t That A Glitch?”.

I’m a guy who takes CALCULATED risks. There are certain risks that I’ll take, and other ones that I steer clear of. Lemme give you a few examples: I’ve never been into gambling. Every time I go to Vegas, I always walk right by the casinos. I don’t like the idea of losing money, and most of the time — if not ALL of the time — I walk right past the slots & tables. I’d rather puff some cannabis, and go zip-lining at Fremont Street Experience. I relate it to my Parkour training, when it comes to jumping from certain heights. If it’s a drop that I cannot safely absorb when landing, or at least roll out of, then I won’t attempt it. Risk vs. Reward. If there’s a lot more to lose than there is to gain… hard pass. Read more>>

Mary Cebrian | Dancer/Choreographer /Director

My life always has been and still is all about taking risks. And it has shaped me into who I am. It’s always scary to be out of the comfort zone, but also exciting. I can’t imagine where I would be today If I hadn’t taken any risks. Probably unhappy and unsatisfied! I believe taking risks helps you grow, to know yourself better, to find new things that you didn’t even know that you could or love to do, risking is discovering the unknown. Read more>>

Victoria Park | Actor / Filmmaker

My whole career choice was a risk. Moving to Los Angeles without a safety net, connections, job, or even a place to live was all a risk. But they were all risks that paid off. “No risk, no reward” is an idiom that has certainly rung true for me over the course of my career/life, and it’s something I strive to lean into on a regular basis. It’s ironic because I’m actually a naturally cautious person; but I push forward by asking myself, “what’s the worst possible thing that can happen.” In most cases, the worst thing isn’t actually that bad, and I’ve very rarely been burned by a risk gone wrong. As long as you’re taking risks in pursuit of your dreams, values, and goals, I don’t think it’s possible for it to turn out poorly. It may not pay off in the exact way you envisioned, but it will always result in growth. And in my opinion, that’s always worth it. Read more>>

Katie Callaway | Actress

There is a substantial amount of risk that comes with being an actress. In fact, actors are often told that if there’s a different career path that would give us a slightly similar joy, we should pursue that option to avoid the disappointment, financial instability, and heartbreak that often coincides with the performing arts. Personally, I believe we harness the most powerful manifestations when we fearlessly pursue our dreams. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe best said, “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.” Couple that nugget of wisdom with the wise words of William Hutchinson Murray, and you have an effective cocktail for supporting risk-taking: “Concerning all acts of initiative or creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.” Goethe and Murray essentially tell us to leap courageously first, and only until then, the net will appear. Read more>>

Daniel Ramirez | Photographer

Risk is important in life, we get this one chance to get uncomfortable and move outside our comfort zone, the more risks we take the more we learn and move forward . Taking risks in my life have to do with me working a part time minimum wage job just so I can have enough time to grow my passion. Read more>>

Rebecca Kershberg | Creative Director + Founder

Researchers have made incredible strides in treating Alzheimer’s with THC, epilepsy with CBD, post-traumatic stress disorder with psilocybin, and so much more. The cannabis and CBD space may seem oversaturated from within our metropolitan bubble, but in reality, there’s a long road to accurately educating the public on a national level, just ask Uncle Mike in South Carolina. At the Flower Pot, we believe in the curative power of plants — for everyone. And as the founder, I have to be loud about it, especially now. The Flower Pot challenges the status quo to change the landscape of modern care. Medical breakthroughs using plant compounds drive us to dedicate the mission of our business to furthering the future of plant remedies as a whole. Blending the scientific and the sacred, I prioritize plant-based products for health, relief, nourishment, beauty, pleasure and happiness. Plain ol’ joy, too. I aim to create a safe and reliable space to explore and experiment with therapeutic botanicals, despite federal prohibition. Read more>>

Anna Kovaleva | Film Director and Visual Content Creator

I’m sure taking risk is a big part of our life adventure. Without it our life would be boring and the same day by day. But I think that risk should be: a) worth taking and b) calculated. There were many times when I’ve risked: the last big time was, probably, 5 years ago, when I moved to America from Russia, leaving everything behind just to chase my dream about a filmmaking career in Holliwood. And I’ve always asked myself: what would it bring me? Would the risk I’m gonna take change my life for better? Would it bring me what I want or need? Wouldn’t it hurt me or my family? If answers are “yes”, I would take it. I never take risk just for fun or on a dare. And I always calculate my risks, I always have plans “B” and “C”. Knowing that I have an alternative way gives me the freedom to move forward and not to think about failure. Read more>>

Taylor Ferber | Entertainment Journalist & Podcast Host

Cancel Me, Baby. That’s my podcast name. It’s a dare to the cancel culture. Shut me up, shut my community of listeners up… I dare you. Risky, right? Depends on how you look at it. Risky? Or liberating? I use my experience as a red carpet reporter to weigh in on pop culture in an irreverent, sharp, and totally politically incorrect manner. I’ve called out high-profile figures and entities (some of whom I’ve met and worked with), and I pull no punches. It’s an opportunity to organically connect with people, open minds, and exchange ideas when the world is telling us to do everything but. They want us to be politically correct, boxed in, divided, and perfect, or you’re cancelled. Not on my watch. Every word on my show, every episode, every idea, could be considered a risk. Gasp-worthy even. Because creators, writers, and thinkers have never been met with so much censorship, and, well, fear of being “cancelled.” So “Cancel Me, Baby” is a mindset — one I hope my listeners take with them and feel empowered by. I truly believe thought leaders who are fearlessly unapologetic, especially when faced with pushback and adversity, are not only un-cancellable, they’re free. They’re the game changers. Read more>>

Tina Vaden | Storyteller/Director

I think of risk as inevitable, at least it has been to achieve anything worth having in my life. Risk is the gateway to surpassing my own limits, to surprising myself, to taking myself and my career to new levels. Risk can lead to disappointment and thus can be terrifying, but from a shifted perspective it can also be exhilarating because what is failure but an opportunity to learn and adjust? Earlier in my career risk sometimes meant taking a “less glamorous” gig that would help me survive financially for one more month, over a job that might offer more exposure but leave me unable to feed myself. Three years ago, I took a huge risk leaving a dream job with the video department of a major publication to return to freelancing. The call to expand both my client base and my skill set as a director and artist was enticing, but so was the team I was a part of and the stability of a traditional pay period and salary. Moving back to LA after 13 years of building and creating in NYC was a huge risk as well, but one I feel was necessary to continue growing. Read more>>

Malaurie Barber | Psychic/Medium

I think that most people stop themselves from going for what they want or being what they want by fear of being judge. I get it. For the longest time I hid my gifts and didn’t really tell anyone I was a psychic/medium. I own a yoga studio in Mission Viejo, and somehow I was worried about what my clientele would think if I truly came out as a psychic, but it came a point where hiding that part of me was no longer an option. So a few months ago with the encouragement of my partner I started doing readings and openly talking about it. Read more>>

Guy Cusson | Founder + Designer + DevOps

The reality of my career is that I would be nowhere without risk. I think calculated risk is the single most important precursor to any human advancement. I am not talking about reckless choices like getting drunk and jumping off a bridge with your friends in high-school outside of Billings Montana although that comes with some stories you will continue to tell in your thirties, but more so not avoiding the difficult path in favor of what is easy and “safe”. Getting out of my comfort zone and staring that uncomfortable unknown in the face has always led to the next big chapters in my book. From leaving my hometown alone 30 days after graduating high school in search of something bigger with a couple hundred dollars in my pocket, to realizing that I didn’t need an MBA in graphic design to be successful and leaving school and the social life, to dropping out of the mainstream path of starting at the bottom of a major company to start my own thing, I have always grown the most from taking the harder path without realizing it. Read more>>

Leah Ferrazzani | Founder, Pasta Maker and Mom

I grew up in a household where failure wasn’t an option–not because we weren’t allowed to fail, but because of how my parents characterized our missteps. Every mistake, false start or poor choice was an opportunity to learn something about ourselves or the world. We weren’t taught this through platitudes, but through our encouragement to put ourselves out there and through watching the ways our folks did the same, particularly my dad. I was just 13 when he had to close the business that had brought us to California from New York, but I didn’t see my father despair. I saw him dust himself off, and turn himself into an operations guy at a multi-national company. He was scrappy, and I think I inherited that from him. Throughout my twenties, taking risks meant moving a lot. Picking up and starting over in seek of an opportunity or a respite was always a chance to reinvent myself, and chance to take in all I’d learned about being me in one place, to create a more authentic, happier, version of myself somewhere else. Starting Semolina Artisanal Pasta was an opportunity to take the same kind of risk without relocating. Read more>>

Gidon Shikler | Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer

Risk has played a major factor in my career. I think risk is like a fork in a road – fundamentally it is a decision; more specifically it is often a choice between the familiar and unknown. You try and weigh out the pro’s and con’s of the path being deliberated while listening to wisdom of your heart and gut instinct. Risk also inevitably conjures up feelings of fear and trepidation, which are often the dominant voices in decision making. Risk is scary and exciting. It is filled with “What if’s?” – but it also leads to plenty of priceless “If I hadn’t done this” moments. I have moved around a lot and lived in different countries since I was a child. There have been many times when I have had to make a decision to stick or twist and it is very difficult for me to make those big decisions. In my musical journey I took a massive risk to move to London in 2007 just after starting my first band here in Los Angeles. In London I had a grown as a musician, singer and band leader. I also met amazing friends and musicians who are now part of my worldwide family. Read more>>

Yves Bright | Actor, Photographer, and Professional Surfer

I have very little fear of failure. I believe failure Is a big part of learning how to succeed. I wouldn’t ever consider myself a true success if I never took chances. Read more>>

Jenny Voss | Singer & Songwriter

I guess I could say my entire life I’ve lived outside my comfort zone. My parents divorced when I was young, we moved around a lot, and we never really had a clear path as to what the next day held. We were all just winging it. Every day was an adventure and most days I asked myself “why the hell not?” My first accident was falling off my brick fireplace and busting open my eyebrow while performing some song and dance for my grandparents. I turned every dull moment into a show, and I’ve successfully carried that attitude into my singing career and adult life. My entire life I’ve been taking risks to get to where I am today. Talent show? Sure. Singing Audition? Why not. Pageant performance? Let’s go. I think taking risks means being not afraid of the outcome, and knowing that you can handle it either way. We must be prepared to deal with things whether they land or fall. For me, taking risks means putting one foot in front of the other, and that is exactly how I’ve gone through life. Every day I take a step forward. I write a new song. I connect with a new artist. I reach out to someone I want to collab with. Read more>>

Natalia Mav | Personal Trainer

When I first started my business I left a stable job with the risk of not receiving any source of income. I started from nothing as a personal trainer and gradually built up my business over the years. After 4 years of being a personal trainer and being successful in the industry I took another big step and also risk in doing a fitness app, I put all of my life savings into it with no guarantee of a return. Those are by far my risks I have taken in my career. Read more>>

Adam Mason | CEO / Musical Director / Bassist

Risk taking is important for growth. Without it one stays stagnant, there is no forward motion. We don’t know what lies ahead. We must take the seeds of abstract thought and plant and harvest them into a dream for our future with clear ideas. We set our goals, envision the action and outcome, and proceed forth. It’s a gamble sometimes but we try and mitigate the risk and limit the variables with planning. We need adaptability and inginuity when things don’t go as planned. We need to have conviction in our original vision and stay committed even as the journey unfolds and the path turns every which way and has us lost and searching for guidance. The initial vision has to be strong enough to see us through dark times and remain steadfast as we go. Starting my own business was surely a risk and a huge leap of faith. I did not want to settle. My fear of the unknown and the potential for failure was not outweighed by my fear of getting stuck, of settling for something less than what I knew I was worth. Read more>>

Ashley Torrijos | Chef & Founder

As a kid, I was definitely risk-averse: scared of the dark, the deep-end, and upside down rollercoasters. I harped on what could go wrong, rather than anticipating positive outcomes. In my early twenties, I realized that my fear of risk kept success and joy at bay. Playing it safe was no longer my forte. I started to take more calculated risks and some less calculated ones too. Each risky decision I have made has enriched my life or career in one way or another. That’s not to say that every risk taken has played out exactly how I envisioned it, but I get to know myself more with each decision. Taking risks is a fast-pass to authenticity. When a person chooses to take a risk, despite the opinions of others and against the advise of normative society, they’re standing in their own truth. I enjoy being around and working with people who aren’t afraid to take risks, because they aren’t afraid to be themselves. In my career, risk-taking is now a mandate. It has taught me that I am always more capable than I think I am. Read more>>

Olivia Scott | Actor & Model

When it comes to taking risks, it’s easy to correlate it with something big and scary. I decided to look up the definition, on Google it says, “In simple terms, risk is the possibility of something bad happening.” Well that doesn’t sound scary at all. The “POSSIBILITY” is pretty much small potatoes in todays world. When it comes to ones life/career things can always go wrong but, to be honest, living in a state of fear is the opposite of fun. As an actor/model you can get rejected every day, or even multiple times a day. AKA risk get’s a little less scary when you have things that can easily be interpreted as “bad” happening to you daily. Overall, I feel that since I am already working in a field that has so much risk it has gotten easier and easier to take risks, at this point in my life I pretty much welcome risks. Risks make life more fun anyways. Read more>>

Del Howison | Writer & Retail Horror Store Owner

I’ve always lived with risk. I’ve been in some precarious situations, like life and death. So when it comes to business you do your best and either it works or doesn’t. You live with that which is easy to do if you approach it that way. If it doesn’t work you just try again. I was taught to never worry. If there is something wrong and you can change it then change it and quit worrying about it. If you can’t change it there’s no point n worrying since there is nothing you can do about it. But in reality there usually is something you can do about things even if it helps a little bit. Read more>>

Molly Cusick | Tree Whisperer, Photographer & Craniosacral Therapist

Risk, the possibility of loss or injury. Growing up, my mother often described me as a risk-taker. The moment she turned around, I was running out into the street or climbing the cabinets like a monkey. And later in life, as an adult, those around me still think of me as a bit dare-devil, a bit risky. I figuratively jump off cliffs, make bold life choices, that don’t necessarily have safety nets. And to many, that is full of risk. But to me, the “not making those choices” is where the true risk resides. Because what I hold most dear to my heart, would most likely be lost if I didn’t take what others call, “risks”. I’m a lover of wild, open-hearted freedom, deep connection and marveling in the wonder of the nature kingdom. And 3 years ago, I decided to shift my focus professionally, listen to my deepest heart’s yearning, and use all the money I had, to fund a project I created, The Tree Pilgrimage. Since then, for months at a time, I venture off in my van, to find Trees that send me images of themselves in my dreams. I follow my intuition to find them, then photograph them and listen to the wisdom they share with me. Read more>>

Xiao Qing Chen | Concept Designer

I think risk is inevitable in life. Takings risks means making changes, often unconventional choices. Change is not always comfortable, but it is necessary for growth. A piece of advice I have gotten over the years through reading, specifically from the book “Creative Confidence”, by Tom and David Kelley, is that we need to allow ourselves to fail, and fail faster. Throughout my life and career as a designer and illustrator, taking risks, big and small, has contributed in every step of growth. Recognizing opportunities out of my comfort zone is the most common occurrence of risk-taking. Oftentimes, these opportunities provide the best learning experience for me. We do not know what we do not know, and these often contribute to the fear of not taking the leap of faith in most cases. I cannot say I have pursued every risk being presented to me, but I have made risky choices along my career that has led to paths I could not ever have planned for, particularly my current work as a concept designer with Walt Disney Imagineering. Sometimes, risk-taking means turning down offers and requests to what may seem like bright opportunities as well. I think it comes down to maintaining a healthy balance of pursuing opportunities versus basic life priorities like giving time to people and health. Read more>>

Loureen Ayyoub | Journalist, Poet, Artist

Every time we take a leap of faith, we acknowledge that the genuine passion towards an opportunity is worth the disappointment of it not going as planned, or not happening at all. Whether it is risking time, resources, or simply confronting the fear of failure, risk has shaped my life and career journey, and will likely continue to do so! I took a risk in attending schools that were far out of my budget in terms of tuition, hoping that it would ultimately serve as a tool to help me pay it off. I am so glad I followed my gut and attended the schools that shaped me into who I am today. It wasn’t just the academics, it was the authentic friendships, personal discoveries, and gritty challenges that brought the best out of me. I took a risk in taking trips overseas, to war-torn regions, where my security was compromised, because I knew the humanitarian service we as a team were delivering, to regions such as Iraq, were worth it. It not only was a blessing to those recipients, but it transformed my perspective of life and instilled a gratitude within me that has armed me with deeper resilience. I took a risk in stretching my own creativity, from launching my own media platform, The Global Human, to creating my own poetry series, and even releasing my own music, all while continuing my own journey as a media presenter and journalist. Read more>>

Bobby Yan | Director & Writer

Risks are the life choices you make that inform and gain you valuable lessons, both positive and negative. I’ve learned to look back on these risks I’ve taken (or sometimes lack of) and be grateful for each outcome, as they make me who I am today. As a creative, risks means showcasing your authenticity as an artist and expressing who you are. Every project I write or direct expresses just that. Read more>>

Melina Young | Actor, Writer, Musician Working Undercover as a COVID Monitor

I was four the first time I gambled. My parents sponsored my participation in their yearly vice: betting on the Oscars. I was a nervous gambler. (I still am.) Even though my five-dollar participation fee was modest and wasn’t really mine, I wagered that I had a lot to lose. After all, I could cut my losses and run and I’d have five dollars! As I prepared my ballot, I was methodical in my selection though seriously handicapped in that I couldn’t read. I opted, instead, to point sharply at my random picks while my mother patiently marked each one down for me. To absolutely everyone’s surprise, I won. My appetite for risk was whetted. I strongly suspect that most of us with careers in the arts are adrenaline junkies. I am (nervous though I may be). That’s why I’m pursuing as many arts as I can possibly string into one multi-hyphenate: actor-writer-musician-cross-stitcher-at-home-water-colorist. I kid (but only kinda.) I’m a writer (and a newly-minted contributor at Cultural Weekly), an actor signed to RPM Talent, and a musician working on my first solo project with an ambition to direct! I crave adrenaline; and to some degree I rely on it to push me toward action. Read more>>

Christina Magdolna Washington | Designer and Creator of Christina Magdolna Jewelry

When I really think about it, taking risks, or rather, subconsciously viewing risks as opportunities, is basically what has shaped my life and career. Looking back, there have been numerous leaps of faith, and they are directly responsible for my favorite parts of my life today. I’ve moved to different countries, chosen riskier career paths, said yes to some wild opportunities, and have had some incredible experiences for which I am eternally grateful, but without risk, none of it would have happened. I try to cultivate as much optimism in my life as possible, and this trickles into the way I approach risk. So, in my mind, the opportunities cast a warm glow over the risks, and it becomes so much easier to move towards the objective with a sense of reassurance. It’s important to be aware of risks and to make informed choices, but as long as I know that my goal IS possible, the risks don’t seem so threatening. If anything, I see risks as potential, temporary obstacles. Instead of thinking, “See? This was a terrible idea” when challenges present themselves, I think, “This is a normal part of the process. Read more>>

Yoory Jung | Artist

Taking risks is something I have to face every day when I am in my studio. It is so easy to fall into mannerism if I don’t take risks with every work. Taking risks doesn’t have to be drastic. All of my current work revolves around one subject matter, Celadon. The finished work may look similar; in every piece, I try to take risks by trying different techniques or approaches. Without risk-taking, I will be just repeating myself. Ultimately, risk-taking may result in failure, but it will always lead to new ideas. Read more>>

Ritik Bhatnagar | FinTech Specialist

Growing up, this was the only poster in my bedroom and looking back, it impacted my worldview significantly. Taking calculated risks has defined who I am, from changing my university degree from engineering to business to taking a semester off from university to work on the trading floor, which ended up defining my career. However, it is relatively easy to take risk, managing the risk you have taken is the most important part of the process. Even my hobbies aren’t exempt from my risk-taking endeavors. Standup comedy is essentially an exercise in risk management. Taking the risk to get up on stage is not easy, however, the harder part is managing the risk of getting up on stage and making people laugh. In the same vein, the biggest risk I took of moving from Singapore to Mexico, though inherently difficult, was nothing compared to forging my career here in Mexico and being able to achieve what I have today. As I get older my tolerance for certain types of risk like changing my career, gets lower, while im able to use my experience from past experience to take the biggest risk yet: starting a family Read more>>

Katelyn Mulcahy | Freelance Sports Photographer

One time in college, I was covering a hockey game for the student newspaper. It wasn’t my first, but I was still new to it. From the get-go, covering sports as a woman puts a small spotlight on you. So in combination with being a student, I got a lot of advice thrown my way. I was grateful and eager to learn. Yet at this particular game, another photographer I was seated near told me to never pursue sports photography or the industry in general. He listed off a number of accomplishments, highlighting that he had been published in Sports Illustrated, to show his expertise. So it was difficult hearing that someone who had reached such a pinnacle of success was discouraging me from even attempting to do the same. I’ve heard all the same arguments before, but to hear it from him struck a chord with me. I tried joking with him, asking, “They don’t even pay you enough to eat ramen every day?” He didn’t laugh. The entire tone of the conversation was bleak, and to make matters worse, it felt as though he could already assess that I wasn’t cut out for it. From that game on, I’ve held onto his words as motivation. Read more>>

Kellen Gibbs | Writer and Director

I think in film industry we lean into risk. Throughout my life I’ve found that those moments where the risk of failure is high, those tend to be the most creative decision with the most exciting outcomes— sure, there have been times that I’ve failed in those moments but the success and the exciting things you uncover is far more rewarding then when you don’t take the risk. I guess you could say, I believe risks bread creativity in filmmaking. If there’s no risk you’re not trying to create something new or exciting, so it should always be present. It definitely always is for me. Read more>>

Nick Smyth | Actor

The greater the risk, the greater the reward. I don’t think this is just a cliché quote we’ve all heard at some point in our lives, it really is true. I honestly think that risk is a PART of life. (or at least should be) When you want certain things in life, especially big goals and dreams we envision for ourselves, we learn that along with those things comes a lot of challenge and risk that go along with it. That’s when the fear comes in – “What if this doesn’t happen for me?”, What if I’m not GOOD enough to make this happen?” – These were questions that definitely went through my head growing up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. I knew that going after what I loved and was passionate about WOULD indeed be a risk. BUT I also knew as the creative soul that I was (and am) I would not be satisfied with going the “safe route” and not taking the risks that I believe I owed to myself. I wanted to be a full time creative, a person who told stories for a living – I wanted to be an actor. A huge risk for me early on was to not only MAKE the decision to go after what my gut, my heart and what my bones were TELLING me to do, but when I was 20 years old I was given the chance to actually really take a leap of faith and move to Toronto, Canada for an on-camera job at a popular TV Station that I was offered. Read more>>

Darien Bonney | Founder & CEO of Spyglass Financial Strategies – Estate & Tax Mitigation Planner

I usually don’t think of risk in the traditional sense. This means that I look at risk in a more calculated manner. I ask myself, “What’s the risk involved in a decision and how does it effect your overall plan and goals?” If the short term risk helps you with your long term goals, then I would say it’s a good thing! We live in a “now” society, where quick information and instant gratification have taken over but the people who truly have success in the long-term, understand the power and importance of the long-game. The “get rich quick” schemes and pyramid schemes have run their course and it’s time that we get back to being patient. Patience requires gathering and vetting the information and planning to mitigate the risks involved in life and in investing. Personally, I’ve gone through periods of high-risk investing when I was younger and had less at stake, but after having my children my approach to risk changed quite a bit because I no longer had just my future to think about. I do however believe that you have to have some form of risk in your life: I always tell clients to metaphorically test the waters, to make sure that it’s deep enough. Read more>>

Patrick Bojanic | Sound Engineer/Production Manager and CEO of Sparam Entertainment

I had studied Law in Australia but having grown up in a musical family, playing a number of instruments myself and learning the skill of sound engineering from my godfather who used to own a production company in Adelaide, I loved the excitement and accomplishment of working in the music industry. After working successfully in Australia at Novatech Creative Event Technology as a sound engineer, working on some big shows and acts, my uncle and aunty, who were settled successfully in LA invited me to visit them and see how I liked it. A 3 week stay turned into 3 months. I returned again and then moved here permanently. It was a risk! I may not have found work but I was fortunate to sound engineer and tour manage for Smashmouth, Dave Stewart, Sugar Ray and more recently Uncle Kracker and Tonic. It was definitely a risk moving from the comfort of Australia, where I had settled into a successful position where I was working a number of large scale events to basically starting over in LA. Read more>>

Erica Wallace | Photographer and Videographer

It’s a risk not to risk. When I think about living and what that looks like, it definitely did not look like how my life was before I started photography. I love enjoying the unpredictable. It wasn’t always like this, and it took faith and a step forward to experience what life would be like without the 9-5, steady administrative schedule I had. Because I took a risk and plunged myself into this creative world of photography I have freedom in choosing my schedule, having precious time with my family, and expressing my heart with the people who trust me with their forever stills. Read more>>

Nevi Brandan | Singer/Songwriter

Risk taking has played a major role in my life/career as I have taken a many moving from Memphis, TN to Los Angeles to pursue my singing career. Read more>>

Nicole Soli_Sison | Creative Director, Artist & Educator

My life mantra is to be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. This has allowed me to reframe my mindset to think that risks aren’t so risky after all. If I am comfortable with the unknown, comfortable with knowing that everything in life is unpredictable anyway, then I should not stop myself from pursuing what I really want in my life and career. With that being said, I do still make calculated decisions in what is realistic with my current situation. Is there such a thing called calculated risks? I think so! You have to weigh the probabilities of your actions to see if they ultimately will result in your desired outcomes. I think decisions that are based more on gut feeling vs. calculations are more rewarding as the outcomes are surprising and more fun! My parents did not have plans to come to America. They decided this three days before booking their tickets. They risked their life on a whim, that was instigated by a fortune cookie. Yet, they came, became green card holders, and had a fulfilled life in America. Read more>>

Adrian Caro | Artist/Entrepreneur

Without taking risk none of what I do would be possible. Risk taking has been fundamental to my entire existence. There’s a saying one of my mentors told me and that is “There is no reward without great risk”. You see, when you risk everything, you discover who you really are and what you’re actually capable of. My thought process is ” If you don’t take this risk you’ll never know what could have been.” Taking risk makes people uncomfortable, but that is when we grow the most. Read more>>

Rhea Carmi | Artist

Taking risks challenge you and your creation. Artists has to explore and find new ways to pursue their art. Fear of fell holds you back. You don’t want to be recognized by Brand name and repeat your art work with variations. Doing it make you loose the excitement Of exploring and being challenged. Art history of modern art prove that artists like Picasso ,Louise Bourgeois, Antoni Tapies were very successful in taking risks and evolving their art making. I work on three main series “. The consistency within its variety-or,no less, the variety within its consistency.” typify my step as Peter Frank wrote. Read more>>

Kelsey Gonzales | Abstract Artist

I never really thought taking risks was going to make such a difference in my life until I started my own business. It began with my realization that a lot of risks I had to take were involving my relationships. For example, I had a lot of push-back whenever I told someone about a new idea I had or a new venture I wanted to take. I never understood why I was left feeling lonely, unsupported and defeated after talking to the people I thought were the closest to me. So over time, I had to take risks to do what I thought was best and what was going to make me the most happy. Whether it be to join markets, invest money into my business or collaborating with other makers; I had to make these decisions by myself without the fear of what the end result would be. Taking risks isn’t always about being successful 100% of the time, but it’s about trusting your own instincts and knowing that you are capable and smart enough to make decisions that will launch your business and make it grow. Read more>>