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.

Jacob Charkey | Cellist, raga musician

For a large part of my life and career I’ve disregarded risk. I left the possibility of a decent career as an orchestral musician for the totally unknown prospect of pursuing Indian music on an instrument that was virtually unknown in that tradition. I chose to go live in Mumbai, and when my fellowship ended I chose to stay on, without a clear path to a career there. I almost always have lead with my interest, dreams, and ambitions and let the chips fall where they may. Usually this works out, and the rewards are great as far as my satisfaction with my life and career, however this approach has sometimes required a willingness to be uncomfortable. Read more>>

JJ Typography | Digital Illustration & Typography Artist

I’m more of a calculated risk taker. I believe in being strategic and playing the long game. I weigh out my options out with the goal of what would benefit my future self more in the long run in mind. Risk taking has played a huge role in my career, especially as a freelance digital artist who is still in the process of building my own dream career. I’ve learned the hard way that playing small and safe will only get me small and safe rewards. Risk taking has been crucial part of my process. Read more>>

Genna Sandler | Photographer & Production Supervisor in Film/TV

When I was in college, I majored in photography & communications. I always knew I was going to have to get an internship to graduate which is what brought me to Los Angeles. I’m from right outside of Boston and where I grew up, (in a smaller town), moving across country didn’t seem possible for most. I always knew I wanted to go somewhere else, and I spent months cold calling photographers to see if they needed interns. Finally, I found someone who was willing to work with my internship guidelines and was based in Los Feliz. Read more>>

MARIA SANCHEZ | Singer/Songwriter & Higher Education Professional

From an artist’s perspective, risks are taken literally every single day. Nothing is ever guaranteed in the music industry, it’s a daily challenge to move forward in one’s musical career. As we know, there is so much talent out there, some of which unfortunately will never be shared. Making the decision to even start creating and writing music was a risk because there was the possibility that people wouldn’t care to listen or even like my sound. Read more>>