We had the good fortune of connecting with Krisanna Sexton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Krisanna, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Most of my life I’ve had an aversion to taking risks. Staying safe was an important concept in my family, and I grew up with a great deal of fear and anxiety. So much so that it kept me from accepting my authentic self as I was terrified of what others might think if they knew who I really was.

Then I went to a Tony Robbins conference and my life changed forever. I was challenged to walk on hot coals as a symbol of overcoming fear. When I got to the edge of the coals, I felt fear overwhelm my body. It was as if I was facing all of the fear I had felt throughout my life head-on, and I nearly didn’t do it, Then all of the sudden I felt myself go into a deep state where I channeled a higher version of myself that wasn’t afraid. I looked forward and began to walk on the coals with confidence. As I did so, I felt a part of me I had hidden away for most of my life unlocked and a new version of me emerged.

Once I met this version of me that faced fear with confidence I was forever changed. I came back from that conference and finally admitted to myself I was gay – even though I had been married to a man for nearly 9 years. I told my family, went through a divorce, and lost my home, business and my church community in the process.

Each step of the way I channeled this new-found confidence and remembered what it felt like to walk on the coals any time I felt fear creeping back in .

After my divorce, I began working at a corporate job doing video production and quickly realized I wasn’t designed for a 9-5. So after working there only 6 months, I left and started a video production business called Live Wild Films in May of 2017. At the time I wasn’t quite sure if I’d be able to make a sustainable living, but I saved and budgeted and slowly the business grew. (I credit my amazing girlfriend/partner Dana who is a financial coach for my success. She believed in me every step of the way, created my budget, and helped me figure out how to make it all work).

Since then, each year my income has increased tremendously. But more than that, I’m working on the type of projects I’ve always dreamed of. This year I had the opportunity to work on a feature-length documentary, but in order to accept it, I had to turn down other very lucrative jobs so I could block out the 6 months needed to make it happen. I did have some concerns about turning down work in a time when I’m having the most successful year of my business, but I believe it will be so worth the reward of working on a project of this scale.

What I learned at the Tony Robbins conference was to no longer let fear be the driver of my life. Now I meditate every day and listen to my highest self and my intuition when making decisions. The life I have today is far greater than my wildest dreams, and I trust it will only get better from here.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There is something about the power of presence. I can’t quite explain it, but when I go into filming mode, I enter a “zone” that requires 100% of me. All of my focus and attention is on the present moment, and in that place I’m tuned into my intuition and not easily distracted.
This is one of my favorite things about the work I do – it requires me to fully present. So the more I practice presence in meditation, the better I am able to focus on my craft. Unfortunately I am not always in the “zone,” and at times I still find myself overwhelmed with fears and insecurities – to the point it can cripple me.

So I maintain a high priority on that which brings me back to center. I meditate daily, eat plant-based vegan food, practice stretching and yoga, juice celery every morning, go to therapy once a week, and regularly see an intuitive spiritual teacher who helps me gain clarity on the next steps of my life.

By maintaining a peak condition in my physical and energetic state, it helps me show up to my creative work with passion and clarity which translates into creating videos that inspire.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I credit my amazing girlfriend and life partner Dana for getting to where I am today. She believed in me every step of the way, encouraged me to start Live Wild Films and even came up with the name. She is also an incredibly talented financial coach who helped me learn to budget and manage my finances in a way that I know I will always be ok. She is literally the reason I am here today doing what I love.

I also thank my Mom and Dad for believing in me and being my biggest cheerleaders throughout this season. My Mom has always truly seen me, even before I could see myself, and her support, love and intuitive guidance is something I am forever grateful for. My Dad has always been a huge support as he made sure growing up I had access to everything I could ever need to be successful and I am thankful every day for his encouragement.

Website: https://www.livewildfilms.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewildfilms/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/krisanna-sexton-85686772/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livewildfilms

Image Credits
Suzy Goodrick Meagan Gibson Michelle E. Seo

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