We had the good fortune of connecting with Daria Huxley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daria, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think I have a higher tolerance for risk than many other people. I don’t mind stepping out of my comfort zone and I find learning to be very stimulating.
I think of risk in terms of “What is the worst that could happen?” If the answer is me getting back to where I started, there is a high chance that I will act and take an opportunity, if anything just for the learning experience.
Another important factor is evaluating the risk. I try to be thorough in my analysis and try to avoid mental biases and cognitive errors of judgement as much as possible. Then, if I arrive knowing that the potential damage / loss / cost is very high, but the probability / risk of it is pretty low, I tend to act and take the risk / opportunity.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a visual artist, I come from photography background and I am mostly excited working on projects that tell important stories, something that other people could learn and benefit from. I’m proud of my 2019 solo photo exhibition “Geometria” that took place in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It featured black and white architectural photographs that I shot all over the world.
Today I live and work in New York. Apart from photography I work as a creative director for advertising and occasionally as a camera tech on film sets.
Of course, no career path is easy, and the same old cliché applies: “If something doesn’t work out, you just have to keep on trying until it does”.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love nature, so I would definitely suggest some sort of a getaway. The city offers lots of great bars, restaurants, cultural events and museums to explore, but for me the most memorable and fun activities usually involve doing something fun in the nature, whether it’s surfing, rock climbing, camping or simply just taking a walk in the forest. I love music also, so I would pencil in a fun live concert in the itinerary as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my family, my parents, and my friends with their limitless encouragement and support. Also, to my University where I learnt about navigating my career, networking and dealing with challenge.