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.

Christian Perez | Content Creator, Photographer & Videographer

I would say that it’s important to take risks. Do not be too comfortable in what you’re doing. Challenge yourself, and improve on your work. Always keep on learning but also be careful, take the risk intelligently, plan it out, and have a backup plan if it fails so that it doesn’t affect you financially or in any other way with your life. Read more>>

VALERIE MADISON | Owner, designer, and creative director of Valerie Madison Fine Jewelry

Growth happens outside of your comfort zone. On my journey in particular, my business’s journey has experienced many highs when I push for new things, like expanding our team, designing never-before-seen jewelry designs, or opening a brick-and-mortar. I’m familiar with risk and recognize that as a business owner, I have to become familiar with the feelings of discomfort because as long as my intuition is positive, it’s a natural part of the process. Read more>>

Neftali | Recording Artist, Co-Owner & Creative Director of FREAK THE MIIGHTY

Taking risks is one of the most important aspects of living a fulfilling life, especially as an artist. Becoming an artist was one of the biggest risks I’ve ever taken. I went against all advice and expectations placed upon me to follow a dream that very few achieve. When I formed FREAK THE MIIGHTY with T (artist name: blametheviceroy) we were both in school. We would use his college’s studio to record music, then not too long after that we dropped out and gave recording our all. Since then we’ve never stopped taking risks. Read more>>

Dahlia Nicole | Actor & Cosplayer

Risk terrifies me, so of course, I decided to dedicate my life to areas that thrive off of it. Everything in performance is a choice, and every choice is a risk. As an actor, putting myself out there in terms of marketing and auditioning is arguably the hardest part of the process. I have to be vulnerable and open myself up to the idea that I can’t make everyone like me all the time, and I have to continue to remind myself that that’s okay. While there are some successes as an actor, there are mostly rejections. It is comforting to know that a rejection does not mean a lack of talent, just that I didn’t happen to align with what the casting team had in mind. Read more>>

Carissa Slater | Permit Expediter & Draftsman

Starting your own business and working for yourself involves a great deal of risk. You are constantly called to bet on yourself despite whatever odds may be facing you. At the beginning of Hands-On Permits & Drafting, I was 24 years old, I had no prior experience working in the construction industry and wasn’t even sure I was going to like it; I just liked the idea of having a little more control over my fate and hopefully my income. Read more>>

Cathy Chung | Tattoo artist

Risk taking is big part of my life and what I do. To me it’s about facing fear, getting over difficulties, letting go of the past, and trying to see the world in a new way. To be able to achieve goals, I need to be able to deal with all that. Risks can be small like simply asking myself “ is it worth to try it?”, or “ is it worth the effort?”. A lot of time people think about risks as a big thing- gambling on losing everything. Read more>>

Rachel Kaiser | Muralist, Ceramic Tilemaker, Welder, Woodcarver, Painter

Taking risks is crucial if one is going to succeed in the art making world. An artist needs to be bold, imaginative, vulnerable, passionate and brave in order to express the vision they have inside of them, this is a huge risk. Artists continually risk being rejected, criticized, even laughed at, when creating art. This is risky because their art is what is inside their heart and soul. Besides the act of making art, an artist takes risks in many other forms in order to reach success. Read more>>

Tiffany Hartmann | Principal Assessment Specialist & Photographer

I believe some of the most rewarding moments in life are due to the risky nature of whatever goal you wish to achieve. I was a teacher in my 20s, but quit my job twice without another one lined up because I wanted, no, NEEDED something more. Each time, I got the job I wanted at the last possible moment. Had I played it safe, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I am today. Read more>>