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.

Samenthiah Georges | Model

I definitely believe in taking risk for the better and for the worst life always comes with battles and challenges Even if you fall flat on your face, taking a risk will be beneficial. You gain valuable insight and experience from failure. I believe in putting yourself out there and trying something new will change how you approach similar situations in the future. If you do nothing, then nothing will happen. Read more>>

Peter Olohan | Photographer

Taking risks don’t always go as planned but it’s better than saying you didn’t take that chance. In life nothing is guaranteed, so why not take a step towards something you enjoy? When I think to myself and question if taking chances / risks was beneficial to my life, I would say yes. The places I’ve been the past year as well as the people I’ve met, would not be in my life if I didn’t put my foot forward into a new direction for the path I am currently on. Read more>>

Sajia Bidar | CEO & Founder of Made For You Studios

No risk, no reward. It’s true when they say that you can’t grow in your comfort zone. It’s called your comfort zone for a reason. You’ve become so familiar with the things, people and places within those boundaries that it’s hard to imagine anything beyond it. Read more>>

Jermaine Green | Photographer & Artist

Honestly taking risks plays a big part in why I’m doing everything I do today. Taking risks to quit a day job to pursue being a full time artist/content creator running my own business. Or when it comes to expressing myself in my work and putting it out hoping the world enjoys it or at least can feel something from it. You never truly know what the outcome will be from taking a risk but I believe it’s good to take them because they can present opportunities or teach you something new. Read more>>

Traemani Hawkins | Screenwriter, Director, and Film Producer

I think that risk is essential to a certain level of success, however you shouldn’t take risks for the sake of taking risks. Every risk should be calculated with a back up plan in case it doesn’t pay off. You should always know what you are risking so that you can pivot if you need to. I have taken numerous risks in my career so far and plan to make more. Read more>>

Kiarah Forrest | Entrepreneur | Business Owner | Licensed Esthetician

I feel like risk is good, I feel I took ALOT and I mean a lot of risk to even start my business and to keep it going. As my boyfriend would say who’s by the way one of my biggest inspirations is” a lot of people get what they want and risk losing it where as I risk it to get it” so that meaning I took a lot of risk in starting my business and now that I risked everything and what I mean by everything , Read more>>

Luna Charlotte | Visionary Artist

I have definitely always leaned on this risky end of the decision making spectrum. I owe my career as an artist to the risks I took. When my art started generating an income, I quite literally dropped everything and dedicated myself to my art 110%. I didn’t have a plan B. And sure – I got myself in quite a few situations that weren’t exactly ideal. Read more>>

Carlee Soeder | Actress, Director, Writer

I risk everything all the time. To me, risk is the willingness to put who you are to the test. For my acting career, it’s using the boldest choice I can think of as the pinnacle of my performance and seeing if it works within the context of the scene, the film, the show, etc. And consistently putting myself up for judgement and rejection, on the chance I book an incredible job. Read more>>

Lawrence Omodele | Student & Entrepreneur

There is a saying that “without risk, there is no reward.” When you own a business, you will have to take a lot of risks without knowing what the reward would be. Some risks may be beneficial, while others may be detrimental, but you’ll never know unless you take the risk. When you take a risk and receive no benefit, it is not the end of the world; Read more>>

Arteria Richardson | Life Coach & Creative Influencer

I believe risk taking is one of the most fundamental elements in reaching success. You never really know what can happen until you put yourself out there. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t take risks. When I started my business I was struggling Financially. I only had enough money to purchase a sample for my products and product photos. Read more>>

Onah Ifemedebe | Fashion designer

I can honestly say I’m a born risk taker it’s just in me. The thought of not doing something I’m passionate about won’t let me be myself in authentically.Risk have played a better role career wise it’s catapulted me in ways my comfort zone does not allow. I’m happy with my he risk I’ve taken for me it brings me awareness of life’s limitless opportunities Read more>>

Theresa Morgan | Owner of TsM Cre8ionz, Entrepreneur & Tech Enthusiast

I think of risk as fears that we haven’t overcome yet. Usually risks are always looked at as bad or having a negative outcome, but I think of risks as just the opposite. Risk-taking inspires change and innovation, which leads to discovery. Discovery of who you are, what you can handle, and who you can become. Read more>>

Jaćhai DeJesus | Art Director & Culture Curator

When thinking about risk, I like to weigh out all the options that I have personal control over; things that could make or break the decision based on my actions or even word choices. I find it easier at times to take a step back and look at my life choices from a 3rd person’s perspective, to be sure I’ve at least looked into the good, bad, and ugly sides of what could come next with as much transparency as possible. Read more>>