We asked some of the most interesting folks in the community to open up about how they think about taking chances and the role risk has played in their lives and careers. Risk is by far the topic folks talk to us most about and we hope the responses below will help shed light on many different perspectives.

Keira Dawson | Micropigmentation Technician

I have always been a risk taker. I joined the Army straight out of High School with little knowledge of what I was getting myself in to. Since doing that, I’ve always jumped out there with different ideas and acted on them. I feel that risks are there to show you that you can survive outside of your comfort zone. Read more>>

Shannon Norwood | Founder of Beautiful Fetish Boutique

Over the years, I’ve learned that we must sometimes place ourselves in uncomfortable situations in order to grow. I’ve often found myself “playing it safe” because of fear of the unknown; the unknown of what’s on the other side. The fear of what people would say or think about my brand. Read more>>

Janie Waddell | Country Music Artist & Songwriter

In my experience, I have found that every risk I have taken has led to both career and personal growth. For my career I’ve taken risks like moving to Nashville to pursue an unconventional dream, deciding to write music that is different from anything I’ve ever released before, and applying to opportunities such as TV shows and performances that I’ve felt I was largely underqualified for. Read more>>

Jackie B. | Singer, Songwriter & SpeakLyfe Advocate

I’m a risky ( Within reason lol ) type of woman. In my younger days I was really afraid of the word alone because I was always looking at life from a negative aspect. Now I feel like, if I don’t risk taking the chance I risk never know what I could’ve accomplished. I took a risk moving to Atlanta, GA with only $50 in my pocket lol. Thanks mom❤️🤣 Read more>>

Kim Hassold | Artist

Taking a risk is really just trying something new, even if it’s just new to you. The way I see it the only other alternative is to keep doing a limited number of things over and over when there is a whole world of things out there. Risk is scary and exciting and the only way to be sure you don’t miss anything. Read more>>

Kalea Ayanna Holloway | Photographer & Brand Strategist

I believe the middle man between results and potential is fear. Fear comes with taking a risk. Risk can be scary, but fear is just an illusion. Someone can discover that opportunities, results, momentum, and confidence can be found on the other side of taking risks, but I once heard you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Read more>>

Candace Watkins | Owner of Leap of Faith Bounce House, LLC

Taking risk believe it or not has been the best part. Taking risk has helped me face my fears, taking risk are all about facing your fears doing what you thought was impossible. In order to go to the next level, mount a different taking risks are definitely involved. For me taking risk helped me turn my purpose into my passion. Read more>>

Genee Mitchell | Libation Expert

Risk taking has played a huge role in my life. I truly leaped out on faith last year and decided that no one else was going to move my cheese–meaning I had to take control of my money. With the pandemic raging last year, I had seven checking accounts and six of them were overdrafted. Read more>>

Mary Wiley | Designer/ Model

First and foremost, there is no limit to your success. Growing up, I had no set plan of what I wanted to be in life or who I wanted to become. During my Junior year of high school, I began doing community service at my middle school as a second grade assistant teacher and from that moment I dreamt of becoming a teacher. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Read more>>

Aniyah | Singer, Songwriter, Actress

When I think about risk taking, I generally think of 3 things. 1. Fear is a figment of our imagination. The mind is a powerful thing and what it focuses on comes into fruition. If you focus on all of the things that could go wrong with taking a risk, something will most likely go wrong. Read more>>

Maggie Dunn | Photographer

Risk taking is essential to finding out who you are and what you want out of life. I think that if I live within what is comfortable to me all of the time, I won’t ever have the opportunity to do something greater than what I could even imagine. I am not someone who likes risk taking or even feels good about taking risks all of the time, Read more>>

Mesha Berry | Event Planner

When thinking about risk taking, it can be a very scary thing. My approach to risk taking is I will never know the outcome unless I take the risk. For myself taking a risks has played a major role in my life and career. In March of 2017 I moved from Hampton, Virginia to Georgia in hopes to get back into school and start my own business. Read more>>

Zephaniah Jones | Head of Operartions/CEO Think All Be All, Musician (Piano/Bass), Instructor

Risk taking is everything. What I think should be understood about the idea of risk taking is that the biggest risk come from lack of understanding the input and output. When I take risks a lot of the time I am going on faith in my beliefs, but there is a lot on studying the risk that goes into it as well. Read more>>

Ashley Rozier | Realtor

I view risks as a natural part of life. As humans, we encounter risks just stepping outside of the comfort of our homes. Risks excite me. I love to gamble in every aspect of life and my career. I know every risk bears a return, whether it be a profit or loss. And for every loss, Read more>>

Bjack | Artist / entrepreneur

I think in life you have to be willing to make decisions that some would consider “risk”. A lot of people are scared to take risks because the fear the chance of it not working in their favor but me I see it totally different. It may be because I’m the bet on myself thru whatever type but I always feel as if I can beat the odds and reap the rewards of a risk. In life I’ve been faced with many tough decisions that were also huge risks but they all worked out in my favor thanks to God and hard work. Read more>>

C. Will | Recording Artist

I feel like taking risks and putting yourself in uncomfortable situations is key to growth. I feel like the riskiest thing you can do in life is to take no risks. Read more>>

Torrie White | Makeup Artist

In April of 2020, I gave birth to my son. My husband worked miles away and I knew I’d be staying home full time. I wanted to work and I wanted to do something that I enjoyed doing every single day. I invested in training courses and product. I took every penny that I had and put it into White House Artistry. I never questioned it. Never! The risk that I took, has definitely been worth the gain. I have gained so much; so many clients, success, knowledge and I would risk it all over and over again! Read more>>

Keysha Lee | Media Trailblazer & Mompreneur

“You will never reach your true potential living life in comfort and routine. You’ve got to take some risks.” This quote by Kylie Frances says it all for me. Easy, safe and comfortable are three words you never hear in the stories of great people. If you’re not willing to bet on yourself, do not expect others to either. Read more>>

Vinessa Dickson | Master Cosmetologist and Professional Braider

The success of my business is the result of me taking a risk. I believe, as an entrepreneur, you have to make sacrifices and take risks in order to stay uncomfortable. As long as I make sure I don’t get comfortable or content with where my business is, at any moment, then I know I’ll keep progressing. I look at any risk that I take like it is me betting on myself. Read more>>