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

Hi Joshua, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Life without risk is life not fully lived. I believe that my relationship to risk can be summed up in one word…. balance.

Within my earlier years I felt risk had to be the main ingredient for all new discoveries, opportunities and goals. I was wrong! Risk comes from wisdom and genuine interest. Once I accepted this reality, my relationship to it shifted drastically. I started to way the pros and cons of the risk presented. In my experience genuine risk is not something we add but something we find and not all risk is worth it. However, the risk that is, could change your life forever.

The most recent risk that transformed me for the good was this year. I was living at my family home in a transitional period post first stay at home order additionally, post me leaving New York after an 8-year stay. I was jobless, in some ways homeless and had no money to my name, but there was a deep desire to move, work and help within my church all during this pandemic! Long story short, I ended up with a new job as interior designer, I moved into a new high-rise building and became a leader within the church in the kid’s department. The risk was worth it! The Lord was bigger than the risk and therefore my belief partnered with the holy spirit made the risk into a victory.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My relationship to art, as others I’m sure, is that of one filled with complications, euphoria and turmoil. I started as a dancer and here I am today as a designer/writer. This journey was filled with terrific relationships and horrific ones both serving a grander purpose; holding more weight in the future.

 Art is my medium of expression but life served as the foundation for inspiration. This way of living although filled with excitement can lead artists down paths meant only for discovery and that can sometimes be scary. Art holds a firm grip in my life because I am an artist no matter what specific medium I currently wield to my disposal. And that’s the truth I want new artists to discover and believe. All art is in you and all art is valid. Art is a means of change in our lives and for the lives of others, we as artist are not bound by societal principles or titles, we exist outside the realm of reality at times, while simultaneously being afforded the opportunity to change the present through our very means of expression…our art.

God is in art, God himself is an artist and if our creator is which we strive to be, how much then is the power fulfilled when one believes in the limitless potential of art.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
All of San Diego is beautiful! I would say let’s start hiking in Julian trails finish off that day with a delicious pie in the mountains. Day 2 we’d make our way down to the beach tour from the clear waters of Encinitas to the tourist attraction of Coronado. Throughout the week we would take part in the many San Diego restaurants and their exquisite offerings, Mr. A’s, Butchers cut, Convoy street and Royal Indian. Lastly, well stop at one of the many churches and witness their beauty of community and worship.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is such a powerful question! There are so many people I would have to include but I’ll stick to a few. My beautiful mother Pilar, she prays for me and encourages me in times I felt lost and alone. My father Mike Sr, he stood by me and for me even when I turned my back on all things familiar, including the family. My brother Mike Jr, A brother’s keeper and a credit repair guru. My Friends, Josh, Roman, Prov, Israel and Christian they prayed for me and did not abandon me when life took over. And finally, Kelly Carey she never treated me indifferently, even when I was changing, but met me with love, patience and support.

The power of community is one of the most powerful tools that the Lord has given us, community partnered with an individual relationship with Christ or your higher being is life beginning.

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Image Credits
Brittany Curry – Photographer

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