How do you think about risk? What role has taking risks played in your life/career? Check out responses from hidden gems from our community below.

KADY | Band & Songwriters

When we think of taking risks, this is how we try and frame it. KADY was formulated in a period of uncertainty, fear, but also much excitement. Let us back up a little further. We both had been playing and writing music together, under a different project, and the idea to create KADY was going to be a complete overhaul and rebrand for us. New music, new look, new name. After many discussions, and wisdom from many talented friends, we decided that launching KADY, though it may be high risk, also brought the potential for the highest reward. As we talked more about the transition into KADY, we both realized the amount of risk we have already taken over the past 5 years playing music together. Some of those risks were as basic as the decision to begin writing together, or as big as the first step towards our move to Los Angeles. Whatever the risk in front of us may be, we have always found and experienced incredible growth on the other side. Read more>>

Kimberly Bordere | Artist/Illustrator

For me, risk taking has been the common theme in my life and career and it’s completely integral to who I am as a person. I’ve been a visual artist my whole life and that led me to acting in college and wanting to pursue that career full time. I moved to California from Maryland to pursue my dreams without knowing exactly how or what that would look like. I’ve taken jobs I wasn’t necessarily qualified for on paper and I started my own business doing commissioned artwork during a pandemic. I can think of many more examples, but basically what I’m trying to say is, yes I’m a risk taker. I feel like every step I’ve taken has led me to my bigger purpose of being a full time artist/ illustrator and being my own boss. I have a deep desire to live life on my terms and pave my own path. Being an artist, in any form, is a risk and a rebellion especially in a world that screams at you to follow a more traditional path to success. Read more>>

Chelsea Mudlo | Photographer & Creative Director

My entire career has started and pivoted with risk. An internal gamble of “should I do this?” between my head and my heart, and usually 9/10 the heart wins. I wouldn’t be where I am today without literally jumping into situations. It’s also a matter of being at the right place at the right time and a combination of good character. I am always one invitation away from my next experience. An invitation to sit in, to learn, to observe, to help, to volunteer, or to jump right in and shoot. I would say my career started in the genre of documentary photography in the music and wedding industry and has evolved from there. At 17, I started documenting sound checks at the iconic House of Blues Sunset Blvd before doors opened and soon became Fall Out Boy and Blink 182’s photographer around LA. In college, a colleague grabbed me onstage at an E-40 concert when they noticed the DSLR around my neck. Shortly after documenting E-40, I went on to photograph Bay Area hyphy rap and Grammy Award winning artists on stage ever since. Read more>>

Moses | Content Creator

Risk taking is necessary. If there is a reward at the end of it, risk taking is worth it. The last thing I want to do is look back on my life when I am old and regret not making moves. Lucille Ball was quoted saying: “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” That quote completely sums up where I am in life right now. Read more>>

Kristina Bethea | Founder & CEO Bésik & Forex Trader

Life is a risk. Tomorrow isn’t promised so take the chance anyway. Read more>>

Micah Mariah | Artist-Traditional & Digital Art

There are a handful of instincts where I wish I would have taken more risks even though I consider myself an adventurous person both within the art realm and in my personal life. Specifically with outdoors activities and travel. I wish I took more risk such as seizing more formative art opportunities, spending more time experimenting with a concept, or simply getting out of the house to go to an event. As someone who identifies as an introvert, the simplest task of just networking and socializes poses as the most difficult at times especially for creative individuals. In today’s climate, there is not much room for that type of risk taking these days. About a year ago, attending events and stepping out of that comfort zone would have been the first piece of advice I would have given anyone trying to further their artistic cultivation. Going to college in San Diego gave me the freedom to explore galleries that I would not have known, let alone participated in otherwise. Read more>>

Brittaney Banks | Fashion Stylist

I personally love risk, I have always been one to jump to the idea of taking a risk. I may have not always taken the right ones but overall I wouldn’t say that I regret any of the risk I have taken either. Taking risk is what got me the job I have today, I work for an e-commerce company called Dr Jays. I remember before I got the job, I worked at Bloomingdales for a couple of months, I would make up the craziest excuses to get out of work so I could go assist there and assist on any styling job, including working fashions shows for Nordstrom’s. I eventually got fired and decided that after that I would never take another job again, I started taking internships in LA and airbnbing my apartment to cover my bills. A few months go by and I got offered a job at Dr Jays, that was back in 2018. People often ask me, how I got the job and I tell them, I just started putting myself out there and taking risk. I truly believed that the universe would reward me for being true to myself and chasing after what I loved. Read more>>

Rosy Vasquez | Executive Director

I only see opportunity most of the time. Something is only risky if your not ready. I started my non profit only after I had all the research and data needed to design programs that took action and were effective. I find the word risk makes me feel that most folks see it as a barrier.. Though most people felt that starting a non profit was not doable with out capital first, Community Through Hope is a model that breaks that stereotype. I do feel that if we do not take action as a community , we are risking lives being lost with regards to serving the unsheltered and those facing food insecurity. Research, data, action , collective thinking and bravery mitigate risk.. I feel the word risk and timing can balance each other out. If it doesn’t feel right, its not the right time, During stressful times in my life, I’ve always chosen to overcome the barrier by not shying away from what is difficult. I’ve chosen to tackle adversity head on. Read more>>