Taking Risk is essential, but how much, when and why? Taking risks effectively is as much of an art as it is a science and we’ve asked some of the brightest folks in the community to tell us about how they think about risk taking.

Jeffrey Tadlock | Landscape Photographer

I think calculated risk is an important element to both life and career paths. One should not be careless, but a calculated risk, one that has thought, planning, and a goal in mind is worth taking. I think this applies to both life and career decisions. In life, some of my formative moments have been decisions with risk involved. Post-college I made the choice to quit my job and pack up and head west, living out of a car for months while I backpacked and rockclimbed through the western states. This leap helped me meet many interesting people along the way and form a foundational amount of self-confidence since that time. Read more>>

Hugo Grey | Photographer

Risks are one of the most important factors when it comes to being successful. The unknown! Fear of the unknown is what sets a lot of people back. However, if you just take a leap of faith and just go after what you want, perhaps you fail, but perhaps you don’t. Each failure in life comes with a certain tool. This tool will show you what not to do in any given situation and it can show you a better way to approach any given situation. Failure is another word for education because you learn from your mistakes. Read more>>

Betsaida Arrizon | Digital Marketing Creative

From a very young age, I have always been a nervous and anxious person. At age 16, I remember overhearing my father tell my mother that I was going to be like him, and that worried him because he suffers from anxiety. That hurt me because on some level I knew it to be true. That stayed with me but I remember years later consciously making decisions that challenged my anxious and fearful nature. I wanted to be a person that took risks! Read more>>

Nihar Patel | Professional Photographer

I am a big risk taker. The one thought that motivates me with every decision in my is that it is a risk to not take a risk. Read more>>

Gauthier Raad | International filmmaker, producer and film festival director

I think is one of the most exciting things in our lives. We are taught to avoid risk. I am gonna talk about my own experience but I am sure that my example applies to a lot of people. I was taught that to be successful in life, I have to have a steady job, behave in a certain way, dress in a certain way, talk in a certain way, accept things the way they are and not question them… For some reason, this analogy didn’t not work well with me. Read more>>

Steve Atkinson | Western fine artist at Steve Atkinson Fine Art Studio

If you are self-employed, you have to be comfortable in taking risks. That’s just how it is. This is even more true if you go into a field in the Arts. Whether you’re a visual artist (as I am), musician, actor, or dancer, you’re going to have to become friends with the unknown. In my third year of college I was hired at an ad agency and chose to take the job before I graduated. I had to leave what I know, move to the big city, and take the chance of falling on my face. I was extremely nervous about the change since the stakes seemed to be so high for me. But I figured, if I failed, which I didn’t believe I would, I could always return to school. Read more>>

Daria Huxley | Photographer & Creative Director

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. Read more>>

Asia Mcqueen | Salon owner & Blonding Extension Specialist

When it comes to taking risk, I always think it through. I weigh the pros and cons and figure out a back up plan and always create a safety nest for myself. I tend to always end up taking the risk in life wether it’s to move into a place that cost more so I push myself harder to earn more, or start a new business in a new state like I did with opening up my own salon. Read more>>

Amanda Martinez | She/Her. Business Owner and Vintage Clothing Curator

For the first 27 years of my adult life, I stayed on the safe end of a career. I started in an entry level position in a corporate business, and slowly moved ahead as I obtained experience, built trust as a reliable and creative-thinking employee, and obtained a degree in graphic design with a focus on marketing. I had worked hard and hustled to gradually move to an officer role in the company with a staff of creative colleagues. Read more>>

Zoe Duhh | Musical Artist

I like to take rest because risk involve going outside of the normal and branching off into who you are. Risk defined my career because if it wasn’t for the risk of taking the iPhone and making a recording studio out of it I would not be where I am today. Let’s race car super exciting because you never know what you’re going to get. Read more>>

Debra Mastic | Inventor of the Fluff Trough

The more success I gain from taking a risk, the less fear I have about taking new risks and encouraging others to take risks. To bring my new idea of the Fluff Trough to market, I had to use my entire life savings to purchase the tooling to manufacture the product and secure the intellectual property to protect my invention. It felt like the scariest risk at the time, but I didn’t want to look back asking, “what if?” I had been saving the money to purchase a home, but I decided to invest in starting my business instead. Read more>>