In our experience, most folks, including ourselves don’t have enough of an understanding of risk and the role it plays in our lives and careers and so we have made a concerted effort as a team to have conversations about risk with our interviewees. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Vergi Rodriguez | Writer , Director & Advocate

When it comes to “risks” I actually follow my instincts/intuition to know what direction I want to go next. I have been told by people in the past that I am the type of person that does take pretty big “risks.” It uaully just feels like the “obvious next step.” It’s been a guiding force throughout my life personally and professionally. Usually, the rule of thumb for me has been if it “feels” right to me I’ll go for it. For the most part, even if it doesn’t work out I can at least walk away knowing that I took that risk wholeheartedly hoping for the best and with good intentions. So no matter what, if I was able to take away some sort of lesson then “the risk” was worth it. I always look at it from a “win/win” perspective. Read more>>

NightBrew Bar | Artist

Risk has taken on many different forms in my life as an artist. I would wonder: what if I was not able to make a good living with art? What might I miss out on if I pursued art? I did not think about it too much when I was in school. Nor did I worry about it in my early years of working as a professional. All I knew back then was how to run towards an exciting future. However, as time progressed, I started to realize how short life was. We only have so many hours a day, and the cost of each decision we make becomes much more critical over time. When that realization hit me, I started to see risk much more seriously. I thought to myself, if I run into any losses or failures when I’m much older, I might not have much time and energy to make up for it. If I can make more progress now, when I’m younger, I might be able to minimize the cost of those losses. Of course, there’s no guarantee that this is an equivalent exchange, but it still is better than not moving forward. Read more>>

Mark McPherson | Acting Teacher & Career Coach

It’s a risk…not to take a risk. My father worked in a hospital for 30-40 years, and walked through the ER everyday to make his rounds, and always said, “Live today, because you could get hit by a bus. tomorrow” He meant that literally, and figuratively. The pandemic hit us all, like a bus. So, take the risk and do what you love, because we don’t know how much time we have. I try to put too much emphasis on taking risks. Moving to LA is a risk. Get out of your comfort zone and move to LA. But after that, if you think of everything as a risk, it might all become too scary. When actors move to LA, they are told it’s a billion to one that you can make it, and actors still come to LA. So, when you are here, take the actions to make it happen. Read more>>

Georgina Nifosi | Actress, singer, VO artist, musician, director/writer, entrepreneur and teacher

Risk is a necessary tool in life. There’s a saying in Argentina, my natal country, that goes like this “El que no arriesga no gana” (the one who doesn’t risk, doesn’t win). I am from Buenos Aires and my family is a humble one, my parents had to work hard to give us the best education they could think of, up to three jobs, out of ‘State’ sometimes. They wanted me to be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer…but I always felt I was an actress, an artist, a renaissance soul. After many years of doing what “I was supposed to do” I risked it. I said I am going to start a new career in film direction. After that, I left everything behind and risked it again, I moved to Puerto Rico and continued my career, but this time I said “no more being behind the cameras, I want to be IN FRONT of them and perform. And so I did, with the help of my Padrino Ämer. I was having the time of my life, my dream, being on TV and people recognizing me on the street…Ahhhhhhh…and…I decided to go back to education to help my family economically because you know that artists don’t have stable jobs, so it’s hard sometimes economically speaking. Read more>>

David Gnozzi | Artist Development, Music Producer, Mix and Mastering Engineer,

I left my country to come to US with only my skills, few pieces of gear and enough money to survive few months. Doesn’t get more risky than that, but artistic careers are ALL about risk whether people realize it or not, and many don’t. Any creative career carries a huge risk factor. Unfortunately I think many people trying to undertake artistic careers, whether is being a professional musician, producer, actor, model, writer you name it, doesn’t really see it that way and more often than not, they end up putting year into trying to “make it” and never reach their goal, and if they don’t have a “plan B” of if they didn’t work other angles WHILE trying to reach their goal, they will find themselves in troubles because artistic careers leave you with nothing but your sweat and blood if you don’t end up being successful (whatever that means). Read more>>

Rachel Hoeft, M.A. | Sport & Mental Performance Coach

I recently left my very stable 9-5 job of nearly 5 years. Income was dependable and I never worried about whether my next paycheck was coming. Regardless of that consistency, I became exhausted by the combination of stressing over and running someone else’s business with my lack of enjoyment in that position. I read plenty of self-development books as a way to “one day” work up the courage to take the leap of faith to work in the field that I’m passionate about, Sport & Performance Psychology. But “one day” never comes. You’re never prepared for it with that “once I’m ready” mindset. I reached a point where I knew I had to take the risk and create the life I’ve been yearning for all this time. The thing about risk is that it’s often viewed negatively. There are too many negative “what if” scenarios building in our mind that prevent us from considering that “risk” as a viable option that might actually benefit us. So I’ve chosen to view risk in a different light, not so much as a scary unknown, but more as a decision that I’m committing to seeing through. I’ve decided to lock-in on the steps necessary to be successful and give my best effort to make it happen. Read more>>

Lori Webster | Director & Writer

Risk has always been a key part of my greatest milestones in life. Though great reward comes with great risk, sometimes fear does creep in. Moving to California from rural North Carolina was a seismic shift for me — away from family and everything I knew, all in pursuit of a dream. Sounds familiar, right? Still, fear of the unknown for me is a far cry from regret for not just ‘going for it’. When the well-intended fears of others made me second-guess my plans to head West, my mom reminded me that the same airline that I’d arrived on could be the same one to bring me back. From that moment on, I knew life for me would be unconventional but always full of adventure. Since that one-way flight from NC to CA, I’ve traveled all over the world, been on the frontlines of historic moments in the struggle for social justice, and collaborated with people from all walks of life — experiences that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Calculated risk has made all the difference. I’m far from reckless but have become increasingly more confident in leveraging fear as motivation rather than limitation. Read more>>

Lupita Mora | Digital Content Creator, Small Business Owner & Business Account Manager

Im a firm believer is trusting your gut, take that risk do it scared but do it anyway. I feel that it’s in our nature to associate risk with uncertainty and its so easy to underestimate our potential, have doubts, and sell ourselves a bit short. Im definitely guilty of doing that at times. I grew up in a small town in the eastern Coachella Valley in a very traditional Mexican household where do to our immigration status uncertainty played a big role in our lives. Because of that my moms true words of wisdom were “El que no arriesga no gana” ( If you don’t take risk you don’t win) were planted in my head at a very young age. At 17 years old ,fresh out of high school I knew that it was time for me to seek more and expand my potential. I knew in my heart that I wanted to take the risk of trying to make it on my own. I had no job no car not even a cellphone. Read more>>

Lucas Fackler | Music Producer / Composer / Recording & Mixing Engineer

To me risk taking just means getting out of your comfort zone. I’m not afraid to go all-in on something, like in the past couple of years, I’ve focused my efforts on making all of my living on the music I create with my partner Hannah. We’ve both worn so many different hats over the years, from session engineering to video production, the choice to focus all of our energy on our own music would definitely be considered a risky move. Read more>>

Malene Blaedel | Founder and CEO of Blaedel Studios

The word risk carries with it a negative connotation. Risk is the possibility of being exposed to danger. The fear of “danger” is what keeps a lot of people from breaking out of their routine and reach for the stars. Maybe you dream of traveling the world for a year, but you are scared of the financial repercussions that may bring, or you are stuck in a bad relationship but are afraid to end up alone. If you don’t take the risk, you will never break free from whatever it is that made you dream of something else in the first place. For me personally, I believe that taking risks is healthy. I’m not talking about mindlessly throwing your life away to pursue any little passion project that pops up – but being willing to go for what you want if you can imagine a better future on the other side of that risk. Read more>>

Anthony Smets | Editor, Producer, and Audio Engineer

When it comes to risks, it’s almost like gambling. You don’t know your odds; however, your instincts tell you the odds are in your favor. Hence, why we take risks. Trusting your instincts is a massive part of risk-taking because you genuinely have to believe in yourself. When I first started off, I taught myself how to make instrumentals, full written songs, and mix and master. I always dreamed of being in the music industry. While doing this, my parents had me in sports, hoping that I would become a D1 collegiate athlete and soon be a part of a professional association. So I went with it for a while, all up until my freshman year of college, where I played football at Saint Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, that same year, I ended up getting a severe concussion which ended my football career. It’s funny how the universe works because the entire time, my heart wasn’t fully invested, and it came back around to show me that it wasn’t my path. It was time for me to pursue my dream, but it wasn’t going to be easy, especially making it into the music industry. Read more>>

Power2thePeople Camila & RAwOne | Conscious HipHop Soul Duo

We think about taking a risk as taking a leap of faith, and when you take a leap faith you never really know what can happen, you just have to trust, give it all you got, and believe that no matter the outcome, it will be worth the experience of personal growth. We believe that with taking risks either one of two things can happen; we either fail trying or we succeed in opening new doors of opportunity. Either way we would never have to wonder “what if” for the rest of our lives. In the process of convincing ourselves to take a risk or as we like to call it, a leap of faith, we can overthink all the worst case scenarios like, What if we fail?, Are we going to be able to make enough money to support our family?, Are we even good enough?, etc.. but we also realize that there is an opportunity to make all of our wildest dreams come true. So we see taking risks as an essential part of reaching our goals and realizing our dreams. Read more>>

Chelsea Andersson | Landscape Architect, Maker, & Miniaturist

Putting your art out into the world, or starting any business really, takes so much courage. Being courageous and being a risk taker aren’t necessarily synonymous. I want to be courageous and share my work, but I am admittedly a risk-averse person. I always have been! Leaving my desk job to pursue creative passions fulltime just never felt like an option for me. It was too big a risk. Instead, I’ve taken small scale courageous steps that have helped me get closer to my goal. I spend my free time learning what I can and growing slowly so that when I’m finally ready to take the leap I’ll be well prepared. Read more>>

Bella Skyller | Independent Artist

I like to look at risks as opportunities to learn, grow and expand instead of something scary and negative. I think that a lot of people turns down o lot of great opportunities and chances because there’s risks involved. I believe that the bigger risk, the bigger the reward is in the end. Taking risks has always been a part of my journey, and I like to put myself on the edge to remind myself that everything is possible, and that taking risks are a part of that. Risks has played a big role in my life and career. Three years ago I decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue my dream in music. I left my comfort zone, my family and friend to start my career on the other side of the planet. I knew when I jumped on that plane that my new life in Los Angeles would include a lot of risks, but at that point I had no knowledge about it and I was only excited to see where it would take me. Read more>>

Ashton London | Musician/Songwriter

Taking risks are essential to being where you want to be in life. No matter what profession or age at some point you will be at a point where you will have to take a risk to get to the other side. I’ve made so many sacrifices, taken many risks, and I can honestly say I’m glad for each one I took. I took a risk moving from Memphis, TN all the way across the country to Los Angeles. I had no family with me and no money! It was one of the hardest, but best times of my life. Throughout my time of taking that leap I met so many incredible individuals who would eventually help me get to where I am now! Don’t be afraid to take risks! You’ll never know what’s out there waiting for you if you don’t. Read more>>

Barbara Brighton | Psychotherapist and music producer

Taking risks can be courageous but it can also be reckless. There is a thin line between the two and I have done both. There is no question that in my youth I was reckless in some of the choices I made. Fortunately, I survived, in spite of the consequences. I have also taken some risks that have turned out to be wonderful and life changing. I have traveled alone, ignoring my anxieties about going somewhere strange. Some years back, I decided to go to Paris on my own. I had no idea what I was going to do. I had a hotel room and the phone number of a couple of friends of friends. When I arrived, I panicked. I had ten days alone in the city. I didn’t speak the language, except to ask where I could find a bathroom! I had a map and three phone numbers. I started calling people and they were all extremely receptive. Each one took me around to see “their” Paris. It didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable enough to explore on my own. It was one of the most memorable, magical events of my life. That experience elevated my personal confidence in ways I could not imagine. Read more>>

Aisyah | Music Producer and Singer/Songwriter

When I think about taking risks, I always say to myself: “what have I got to lose?” Risk-taking can be a terrifying thing – putting your faith into the unknown and trusting the uncertainties along the way can be a discomforting place to be in, but that’s how we grow out of our comfort zones. I’ve always been the type of person who doesn’t like to feel stagnant all the time, as I like facing challenges that’ll help me elevate in my life and my career, no matter how scary these challenges may feel. When I ask myself, “what have I got to lose?” it makes it a little less intimidating and reminds me to just do it without scaring myself by dwelling on the worst case scenarios. Taking risks has played a significant role in my life and career. I had my start in the music industry through film scoring, but I wouldn’t have had that start if I didn’t make one of the biggest moves of my life. Read more>>

Talmadge Spicer | Mindset Coach

The ability to take a risk is the most important to me as an entrepreneur. When I started my first business, I had a mentor who would drill into my head “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. From that, I learned that as long as I leaned into what felt uncomfortable, I would be perpetually progressing. Risk plays such a major role in my life and career that I wrote a book about it. “Have The Guts To Follow Your Guts: Why Playing It Safe Is The Biggest Risk Of All” Is a 9 chapter compilation of some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from jumping out of my comfort zone and taking on risk. As I see it, being adverse to risk is the same thing as being adverse to learning and that is being adverse to growing. If you’re not growing you’re dying. Read more>>

Kuniko Vroman | Equine-assisted therapeutic activities and learning nonprofit organization, Founder and Service Providor

Most of the time, risks worth taking boil down to whether or not you believe that Universe, (or whatever you see the source of abundance) has got your back. What I mean by this is having faith and trust that if you are doing the work you are meant to be doing and are acting for the good of your community, family, and self- that everything will work out. This can be incredibly difficult at first, but for me it has gotten a little bit easier as I go along. Kind of like building a muscle, the risks that seemed like really heavy lifting at the time, now in hindsight, seem incredibly light. What had felt like huge risks, now seem like reasonable and inevitable steps in achieving my goals. I was working as a case manger for a company proving ABA autism services. I wasn’t happy there and didn’t feel like I was making the impact that I wanted. Read more>>

Anasa Greaves | Anasa Greaves I Fashion Designer & Founder of Unisa Eurani Clothing

I think when you’re an entrepreneur you have to be courageous and take risk. There’s no getting around it. Ultimately you don’t know the outcome but with faith, determination and a strong work ethic I truly think you can conquer it all. The positive side to taking risk is the sense of freedom and fulfillment you get but if you don’t take any risk your often left wondering “what if” and I think that’s worse than the fear leading up to the risk itself. Read more>>

Andrew Hosner | Co-owner and curator of Thinkspace Projects

Without risk, we would not be where we are today. I would not even be in Los Angeles. I moved across country to be with my soul mate, now wife, and had I not taken that leap of faith, all that has unfolded after wouldn’t have happened. As for our gallery, every time we have moved, it has been to a bigger space, with a higher rent and more room to fill. Each move is a risk, without risk, life would be like a treadmill. I like to bet on myself and our strength as a unit, when it comes to our gallery. Read more>>

MICHELLE KIM | Fashion & Home Designer

The idea of risk used to give me overwhelming anxiety because I believed it meant all or nothing, and being left with nothing terrified me, especially if I made an emotional/financial investment. I would take risks in my life but only when I was pushed to the brink, and I had to in order to leave painful situations. I lived a lot of my life being very measured and controlling because I saw mistakes as shameful. A risk I took that affected my whole career and life was changing from full-time to freelance work in fashion design in 2008. I didn’t know anyone else doing it but I saw that my boyfriend at the time was freelancing/consulting in tech and thought, why can’t I have that same lifestyle working with freedom/flexibility as him? If it doesn’t work out, I could always go back to being full-time somewhere. I’m still consulting and have had so many dynamic experiences with the people and places I worked with. Read more>>

Wo’se Kofi | Culinary Artivist

Growing up I would always be an innovator. Jobs did not come as easy as one may thing, nor did apartments as I would find out much later. I was never taught about taxes and credit scores. Both of my parents started out in the entrepreneurship world, but after they split my moms went to become a full time teacher eventually. My father as an African drummer got gigs with local schools and Universities. Everything was pointing me in the direction of getting a job and stay under employment. The risk I decided to take was to create my own path and allow my talent skills passions and almost business degree to guide me. I wanted to have a product that would open the minds of the people and speaks to the social injustices. I started out reciting raps and poetry at late night events until I realized that there were no healthy vegan options available in the near area nor at that time. Read more>>

Maddison Hill | Entertainment Host & Content Creator

I would not categorize myself as a risk taker. I am very type A, I love organization, I love following the rules, but when I look back at my entire professional career it’s been nothing but risks, which is funny. I first took a risk when I moved to LA from Kansas City after graduating college to pursue a career as an Entertainment News Host. I moved out here with the hope of turning a freelance position at a women’s lifestyle website into a full-time position until I could find a hosting job. While unpacking my apartment, I got an e-mail that the website was shutting down. While it felt like my risk to move was a wrong one, losing that opportunity pushed me to make connections that lead to my first hosting job in LA at the digital entertainment network Hollyscoop. I started there as a fill in host and worked my way up to being the Senior Host and Producer of the channel. Read more>>

Xavier Jones | The Real Estate Guy

Risk is a useful tool and teacher as it pertains to success. Coming from a risk averse background in regard to investing, I had to learn when to push the envelope. Prior to getting serious about my financial life, my appetite for risk has always been present since I was a young boy–mainly exemplified during adventurous activities that were particularly dangerous. I brought that same attitude into the world of money and it has served me well. Impartiality and educating myself are intrinsic particularly when market factors are outside of my control. For individuals who are not a business owner, the most important part of sustaining self-education while you have other things happening in your life, is identifying the areas of your life you want more in. I would offer that money is something most people want more of, so identifying the vehicle which speaks to your soul is a wise investment of time. Read more>>

Gabriele Di Sazio | Film Director and Writer

I think taking risks is the only way you can succeed, and I’m not talking only about career, but also – and maybe especially – about our personal life. Being vulnerable with ourselves and other people, and risking rejections, judgments, heartbreaks is the only way we can actually experience real emotions and live intensely. And the same can be applied to our careers. I’m from Sicily, Italy, and I moved to London when I was 19. My English sucked so much that I felt sorry for those who were nice enough to try to have a conversation with me. I left my home because I wanted to be a film director and felt that London was the right place to go to. Similarly, after spending almost five years there, I left my new home and moved to the States to continue chasing that dream. Read more>>

Robert Shearn III | Model & Actor

.Taking risks is being out of your comfort zone. I had to do uncomfortable things in order to experience growth that I wanted. I put my all into it and stayed focused. When I look at the times I took big risks the end results were the biggest in my life/career. Read more>>

Dan Drake | Licensed Therapist

As much as I’d like this to be the case, there is no “cruise control” for life. I’m either growing or I’m shrinking. That’s what I’ve found. And growing often involves challenge. Challenge often involves risk. What do I mean by this? As a therapist, I’ve come to separate “comfort” from “safety.” My role is absolutely to create an environment where my clients are safe. Without safety, my clients will not open up and be vulnerable with me, letting me into their world so that I can help them. So, I take my role very seriously, and do everything I can to provide safety for them. Yet I’ve also learned that if I over-invest in clients feeling “comfortable” in addition to feeling safe, they may not challenge themselves to open up to me or themselves the grief, fears, pain, loss, or trauma that they have experienced in life. Opening up vulnerably is a challenge. It’s a risk. Vulnerability is a risk, because sharing our vulnerabilities may lead to further pain or trauma. Yet opening up vulnerably is a huge part of healing. And this isn’t always comfortable. Yet I hope it’s always safe for my clients to do so. Read more>>

Jeremi Wright | Media Consultant

I look at taking risks as a necessary part of growth in life. There’s a proverb that goes, “you can’t expect to achieve anything if you never take any risks”. Or said another way, “Nothing ventured nothing gained”. That being said, I believe in risk management. Every meaningful risk does not need a major sacrifice attached to it, When my indicators align and it feels right then that’s when I know it’s a good idea to invest my time, energy, and resources. I know that seemingly insignificant investments can yield big rewards, when they are compounded over time. There is a principle I practice that Albert Einstein called the 8th wonder of the world. It is called compound interest. That is leveraging time with small consistent victories to create exponential growth. Read more>>

RJ Cardenas | Recording & Mix Engineer

Risk taking is huge in my opinion and it’s definitely played a major part in my career. When I graduated High School, I jumped into taking classes and going to school for architecture at Riverside Community College. As I was doing that I was also making my own music on my free time. As much as I enjoyed both architecture and creating music, I let the thoughts of “Music isn’t steady income, you need a ‘real job’ or plan b just incase it doesn’t work out”, get in my head, so I continued taking classes. 3 years go by and I get my first full time job doing drafting work (at this time I was enrolled at a trade school). About 3 months into my new job and 1 semester away from getting my degree, the trade school I was attending closed down. I was a bit devastated being majority of those college credits wouldn’t transfer to a new college, but the security of my full time job alleviated some stress. This was around early October of 2016. Read more>>

Jonathan Bareford | Songwriter, Guitarist, Video Producer

To me, risks are crucial for an artist. Without them, you are not challenged to become better. I’ve always looked up to artists who took risks in their career or in their music so naturally I hold myself to that standard too. Which honestly can be exhausting and rewarding. With each song and music video I release, I try to improve and outdo myself which brings on a whole new set of risks and rewards. This usually consumes even more time and budget than the prior project. So for me, risks/rewards and time/budgets have only grown. It’s tough because the more risks you take in music, the more it affects other aspects in your life. Because I have been challenging myself with music that has to have a particular sound and videos that require locations/travel in different parts of the world, I miss out on things in life that others get to experience. Moving out at a normal age, buying your first car, owning a pet, saving for a house, etc; are all things I’ve had a late start to since my financial/time priority has been warped around these risks. Read more>>

Juan Cammarano | Music Producer, Composer & Engineer

I think you need to be prepared to take risks in life and in your career, whether in means practicing your craft, or being in a position that allows you to do so, but most importantly not being afraid of taking a chance to start a new venture, and new path if you feel that it will take you to better place. Sometimes that means quitting a steady job, investing time and money on something new that you. Read more>>

Alani Allure | Owner of Alani Allure Kollection & Youtuber

For me risk can be something very amazing upfront or it can be something a little shaky at first but will eventually teach you something in the long run. For example, me starting my business at 16 with only $100 to my name was a big risk! But I DO NOT REGRET IT one bit because it taught me I can DO ANYTHING I want when I know I am dedicated to it! Risk isn’t always a “bad” thing or it’s not as bad as people paint it to be. Sometimes in order to grow in life you need to take risk!. Read more>>

Andy Dubin | Entrepreneur / Hustler / Free Spirit

Regarding risk, everyone has their own appetite, threshold, or pain tolerance if you will. It’s just a matter of where you fall on the spectrum and it’s a totally personal choice with no wrong answer. My tolerance for risk… for entrepreneurial risk is very very high, almost non existent even and is certainly far greater than most. I’ve started companies, raised money, lost it all (twice), was in start up hell for 4 years and have been a hustler first and an entrepreneur second since childhood. I think the most important thing is to be aware of your risk tolerance, stay consistent with your strategy and not waver. I go for grand slams. You only have to be right once!. Read more>>

Katrina Wolfe | Producer & Executive

I consider risk to be a vital and necessary component of a successful and fulfilling life. In our culture, we often think of risk as something undesirable that needs to be mitigated, minimized, avoided at all costs. We’re always seeking out shortcuts or ‘hacks’ that help remove risk and guesswork from our daily lives. But without risk it’s impossible to innovate, to learn, to achieve our dreams. As William Faulkner once wrote, “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” I look at risk-taking as an actual skill, one that involves cultivating a careful balance between logic and intuition, between left brain and right brain. This is especially important in a creative field such as mine, which exists at the intersection of commerce and art. As a filmmaker, no matter how much quantitative data I may have available to me about past movies/shows, about audiences’ viewing habits, etc., ultimately every creative project is a leap of faith. Read more>>

Mayanna Berrin | Writer & Content Creator

Risk is inherently terrifying as a concept but what I think people tend to overlook is how little you may actually lose by taking a risk. I think we think we’re going to lose more on risks than we actually ever do and I know I’m guilty of thinking about risks that way. For the most part we think of risks as something inherently dangerous regardless of scope or context. I think the prevailing anxieties we have about risks are something to the effect of “If this doesn’t pan out or it fails in some way I’m going to lose everything.” But in many ways, nearly everything we do is a risk. Read more>>

Inna Havryliuk | Luxury Robes

If you never will take A risk you will always be in same place. A comfort zone is always a jail. And so Manu people stuck there because they scary to take a risk. Read more>>

lily larsen | 5th Generation Angeleno, College Student, MINC Public Art Committee Prez, Drummer

I think about risk as a battle between pushing myself to constantly try new things to evolve as a person and test my limits on how much I am willing to go and grow out of my comfort zone or do something I normally wouldn’t do if I feel that it is the right thing to do. I do believe it is a good thing to be content yet I also do not find myself to be fully content with my life yet, which is why I always find myself taking risks. I find content in taking risks because in this crazy world why shouldn’t we take some risks. Lately, I’ve actually been changing my perspective on what it means to take risks. Often I would see it as a scary thing, but now I see it as an opportunity to spread my wings as a person and develop a more open understanding of how I see the world. Read more>>

Brynna Ashley | Make Up Artist

I don’t think of myself as a risk taker which might come as a surprise coming from a green haired girl who has bounced from San Francisco to New York to Los Angeles. Risk taking is something I am really working on. I’ve played it safe most of my career. But I want to change that. You only live once. Why not try the things that frighten you? Well, as long as it doesn’t kill you. Read more>>

Pat Frey | Event Design and Planning veteran

I think that anyone who has the desire to start their own business is a “risk taker” but more importantly, someone with the desire to create a future designed to meet one’s in life goals. When I started my first business over 30years ago, it was a creative impulse to make beautiful flower arrangements and to be brave enough to do it on my own as my own business. Each step along the way from this and growing into the full event design and planning business I now have has been, one could say, a “risk” as it takes trust in yourself to just do it — to just take the next step and follow through with the dream and the goal. A risk suggests opening oneself up to a loss, a hazard etc. BUT, every time I have surveyed those negative possibilities and weighed them out against the positive, the game, the wonderful possible future creations, I have decided those are far more important and worthy of action and I have knowingly taken the risk and acted. Read more>>