Are you a risk taker? Do you think you have a stronger appetite for risk relative to your friends and family? We asked some folks from the community about their approaches to risk and have shared their thoughts below.

Prejon Henderson | Singer Songwriter

I believe that risks can be calculated however the first step is being willing to take risks. For many years I have be afraid to get up and move to California to pursue my music career alone. It wasn’t until I met my girlfriend who is a model that I found the courage to pack up and head to Los Angeles. The scariest part was not knowing if we could maintain a good life financially in a big city where everything is expensive. Since moving here we have been extremely grateful for the opportunities we have been provided and are working together to make sure all bills are covered and we have money left over to still enjoy life. Although we still have a long way to go without taking the risks of getting up and moving out to LA we would have been even further from our dreams. The only limits in life are the ones we set for ourselves! Risks help break those limits when you have a plan and stick to it. Read more>>

Laurie Fagen | Serial Entrepreneur: Artist, Writer, Singer, TV host

I have long been a risk-taker, and am typically challenged by and rarely afraid of risk. Leaving a good-paying job with great benefits to start my own writing business? Big risk. Juggling three businesses at the same time? Risky and crazy. Choosing to have a child at age 39? Well worth the risk. Read more>>

Paul Balazs | Musician and Artist

Risk is a highly important factor in my creating process. I am constantly chasing some new ground to cover. It keeps me on my toes and helps me find my true creative instincts. If I had not taken any risks in my life you would only see the bland unaffected facade rather than a translucent face with the screws and nails that are holding it up too. Read more>>

Kathy Taylor | Intuitive Artist & Creativity Junkie

I think of risk taking as an adventure and a form of discovery! Some people may be “wired up” to be risk takers. I certainly think I am. As an artist, I need to be able to experiment with new ideas and concepts. What better place than on the canvas or a piece of clay. Risk taking has spilled over into my life too. Whether it be a move to a new city/state or taking my business to the next level in the midst of a pandemic! Life is just more fun when you add a bit of the unknown. Although it’s not for everyone, I wouldn’t miss the excitement and sometimes fear of taking that step beyond my comfort zone. Read more>>

Lawrence Gipe | Artist and Art Professor at University of Arizona

As an artist and an art professor, I’ve always said that “if you don’t risk being misunderstood, it’s not worth it.” Paintings – or any artworks – are stratified creations: part backstory, part technique, part communication, part mystery. The best never tell the audience too much – you have to leave room for the viewer to think, move and have their own anecdotal reactions. Once a journalist asked me: “Why do you make your work? – I’m trying to understand the WHY.” Making art, and particularly my large and impractical paintings, is a culmination of hubris, passion, and a need to express a story through painted images. Why? I have no choice. The main risks are financial…and that’s why ramen was invented. Read more>>

Caitlyn Swift | Multi-Media Visual Artist

Artists are risk takers: it’s the nature of the field. The term “starving artist” didn’t appear out of nowhere, and most artists you speak to would agree. It takes guts to go into the field, and it takes guts to put in the work. When I approach the canvas on a daily basis, there are questions I need to find the answers to, and risks I need to take to get there. Every piece of art that came to be today wouldn’t be here if an artist hadn’t rolled the dice. Risk was a topic discussed often during my undergraduate degree in fine arts. Some professors would even grade pieces based off of risk-taking. “Without risk factor, there won’t be improvement in the work. If necessary chances aren’t taken to create something memorable, you won’t be remembered,” a professor of mine once said. Read more>>

Karla Hackman | Metalsmith and Jewelry Designer

I had never been a risk taker. I have never been interested in jumping from a plane, eating strange and unknown insects, or walking over hot coals to reach a volcano. However, a certain amount of risk helps us grow and evolve, teaches us who we are, and gives us strength and confidence. Seven years ago, I took a large risk and left a comfortable and rewarding career as a college professor and administrator to become a full-time metalsmith and jewelry designer. At the time, I was quite a novice jeweler. I knew I needed a change and creating art set my mind on fire. I reveled in the creative process, and I loved the notion of managing and creating my own business, so I took the leap. In retrospect, it probably was a risky decision, but I have no regrets. My art has grown, and I am now art jeweler who works in silver and gold sculptural designs with gemstones. Read more>>

K. Dineen | Artist

I think taking risks is inevitable, when you’re chasing your dreams. I don’t mind taking risks, I’d rather take risks than have any regrets. You just have to weigh your options and figure out if the possible outcome is worth the risk. Read more>>

Tabatha Shipley | Author

Risk taking is when you don’t have a plan on what you are going to do and jumping into something blindly. Risk, however, is something that accompanies every decision we make; the risk of success or failure. The amount of success or failure depends on the level of risk involved in the decision. Read more>>

Scarletarbor | Art Director, Creative Maven, Photographer, & sometimes DJ.

My entire writing career started with a big risk. I walked away from a full time career with a big salary and benefits to take a risk on my own dream of publishing books. I didn’t have any proof that people would buy my books. I didn’t know if any of this would work out. But I took the risk. I have been in places in my life when risks have failed, I’m sure we all have. I think every time we approach a new risk, we remember all the failures. That makes each new risk harder than the one that came before it. Sometimes, the temptation to walk away can be strong. How do we know? How do we know if this one will be an epic failure? For me, it comes down to regret. Will I regret never going for this risk? If I look back on this moment in three years, will I regret knowing that I never tried? When it came down to my writing career. Read more>>

Rick Griggs | Chief Wood Worker

To risk, I believe one must be willing to find their own personal points of contention: what is “too much” vs what is “not enough”. How far ARE you willing to push yourself? Everything is a process and creative boundaries are only limited to the viewer’s perception. You must be confident with the choices presented to you, and then you must be confident with the decision made. I was told from an early age that when given an option, if it is not an absolute yes for you, then it is a no. As I’ve come to see it, everything is black and white, but there are plenty of shades of grey. How can you ever really see if you dont open your eyes? At the end of the day, you answer back to three things: your heart, your mind, and your gut. Choose wisely now, your actions may have consequences. Read more>>