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.

Mary Upchurch | Comedian and/or Stand Up Comic.

I’d rather take a risk and fail than have the regret of doing nothing and wishing I had. As a standup comic who is building her comedy brand, by biggest risks are mostly in my head. The fear of rejection, failure or “bombing” on stage. Internally I yell at myself and say: “So what?! So you bomb? Who cares?! No-one will remember or think about it past this performance” Time, money, and capacity are the most valuable things to me right now.  Read more>>

Mo! | Midday Host on ALT AZ 93.3FM

I would say risk is the ultimate learning experience in life. Like the saying goes, no risk, no reward. I took a risk by leaving my career as a massage therapist to pursue a career in radio. If I did no take the risk of reaching out to someone in radio on how they got started and the best way to get to my destination, I know I would feel like I wasn’t living my life to it’s fullest potential. Read more>>

Fever Dream Coffee Jasper Wines and Nick Kizer | Pop-up coffee and food experiment

We decided to open a coffee business in the middle of the pandemic in late 2019. We had signed a leased on a space for a shop before everything shut down and two weeks later everything shut down. We had to pivot our whole game plan so we decided to create a self-plumbed mobile cart unit that we could set up outside at our friends salon patio. The business really took off from there, but there have been so big highs and lows that we have had to navigate. It truly has been an experience that has been a bit unexpected. Read more>>

Brie Barrz | Mixed Media Artist

Taking risks has totally transformed my life and or living outside my comfort zone. It allows me to find freedom and try new things that then later can be very rewarding or if nothing else I can simply say I’ve tried it! Even thinking back about if maybe I shouldn’t have taken a risk on in the end I’ve never regretted taking that extra step forward in my career! I fully believe that life is about the connections we make and through taking risks and just putting one foot in front of the other I have made so many amazing connections! Read more>>

Pearlette Ramos | Change Agent, Facilitator & Filmmaker

I see risks as opportunities to challenge yourself and the world around you. Often when we hear the word “risk” we think negatively about worst case scenarios and how to mitigate problems. However, risks in and of themselves are not all negative. They shouldn’t be taken lightly—and at the same time they shouldn’t be feared. Read more>>

Jenna Hazelwood | Photographer | Videographer| Director| Marketing Director| Orthodontic Assistant

I am a creature of habit. I absolutely hate change. The need and want to change has always been what I avoid. Until recently have I craved to be different. In every little thing I do there is a quirky, unexplained reason behind it. The ability to take a risk is often the most intimidating experience someone else will ever encounter with another person. It’s the way a person carries themselves or the way their demeanor changes when they see their self worth. Read more>>