In our experience, most folks, including ourselves don’t have enough of an understanding of risk and the role it plays in our lives and careers and so we have made a concerted effort as a team to have conversations about risk with our interviewees. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Jordan McKinnon | Wedding and Elopement Videographer

Before I had my daughter in November of 2019, I thought when she was born that I wouldn’t want to take risks anymore. I thought my adventurous travelling, carefree lifestyle would end and I would have to take up some safe desk job to pay the bills. I may not be travelling as much, but I have taken even bigger risks. After she was born, everything in my life changed and I took a look at my future a bit more. COVID hit fast and hard and I was presented with an opportunity. I could leave my current job and dive into a career I’m passionate about. This was a HUGE risk. The economy was starting to fall. I had a child to support. Was this a stupid idea? I decided this risk was well worth it. I wanted to set an example for my daughter, that she can pursue her passions. I did not want to settle for a job simply because it was safe. Read more>>

Joey Salamon | Visual Artist

In my experience, risk taking can be one of the greatest factors towards the development of growth. By taking a risk you also put a challenge on yourself, one of which you have not previously attempted for any multitude of reasons, fear typically being one of them. Once you have decided to take a risk, several outcomes from that decision are put in place, many of which steer in either a positive or negative position from where you were previously. By identifying risks where your skills and confidence shine, you may set yourself up for a challenge in unfamiliar territory, but ingenuity and creative problem solving coupled with determination and willpower often leads to a rewarding new experience that you would not have had otherwise. As a visual artist, one would think that risk taking, being adventurous in your work and experimentation is basically part of the job, but this isn’t necessarily true. Read more>>

Janelle Frampton | Visual Artist, Photographer & Painter

Risk is a very important aspect in the growth of any career or with life in general. Taking risks can lead you to the greatest opportunities, open doors, lead you on a path you could have only imagined had you not made the leap of faith. Taking risks leaves you with no “what ifs”, and pulls you right out of your comfort zone. We have a tendency to get stuck in these comfort zones that provide us with no growth or chance to experience our talents to full potential. Risk has benefited me in both my career and life in that it has provided opportunity, it has provided experience, and it has given me the tools to know what to expect of certain situations or scenarios going forward. It has also made me aware of my own capabilities. Read more>>

Elena Joy Thurston | Executive Director, Author & Speaker

Risk reminds me that I’m alive. When risk takes my breath away, that’s when I know it’s worth it. My entire Life 2.0 is what is it is, because I took a risk. I looked at everything I had: the marriage, the house, the income. And I risked it all by coming out. And yeah, I lost a ton. I lost almost all of my friends, I lost my faith community, I lost most of my children’s community as well (didn’t anticipate that one). And I lost the status of being married. Being a single mom in this country is not easy. So, I risked a lot and I lost a lot. But what I gained was just so much better than I ever thought possible. I gained friends and community who were all there, I just didn’t let myself find them. I gained an authentic relationship with my children. I gained a deep, reverent relationship with myself. I gained an entirely new career, one that I always wanted but had no idea how to achieve. Risk has always been worth it, for me. Read more>>

Kristin Atwell Ford | Filmmaker

Making films is risky business – especially documentaries. The reward is storytelling enriches our lives. I did a lot of whitewater river running in my twenties. The risk of being in the wilderness was outweighed by the joys of being together with our crew, helping each other through the tough spots, and celebrating with stories around the fire. River running has become a model for what I set out to do each time I make a film. You need to be fully present, navigate the dangers with open eyes, and be there for each other if anything goes sideways. If you’re lucky, when it’s all said and done, you’ve made indelible memories and gathered people together to celebrate them and tell those stories again. If you strike gold, those stories become legends! Read more>>

John Bell | Multi-disciplinary Artist

I think risk lies beyond the edge of routine and subscribed ways of thinking. There are so many well-worn paths we can take in life that have predictable results. For most, risk lies at the edge of those paths where everything is unknown… where fears large and small, mystery and possibility live. I have learned to walk past conventional paths and embrace what I find there, and it has become fertile ground for my life and career. I had always been a fringe dweller, walking a crooked line between both spaces. There was a period in my 20’s where risk became a palpable factor, where I learned that there are rewards for embracing risk. I was on one of those well-worn career paths and against all advice quit, sold nearly everything I owned, and road tripped it west to live a life that made me happy as opposed to the one I was conditioned since youth to strive for. Crisscrossing the country for four years from Ohio to Breckenridge CO, Mendocino CA to Park City UT. Read more>>