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

Hi Erin, what role has risk played in your life or career?
“The greater the risk, the greater the reward” – one of the biggest takeaways from my college days that I repeat to myself over and over. It was 2019 and I was working a job where I couldn’t move forward, while dreaming of living the life of a digital nomad. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do or how I was going to do it, but for some reason I just KNEW I could. So I decided enough was enough, packed all of my belongings into storage, and bought a one way ticket to the UK. I went from documenting my experiences on YouTube and Instagram — to going on tour with DJs as a videographer — to running into an old friend in a random city who helped me turn it all into a business. Opportunities fell into my lap because I was passionate about the dream that was finally becoming reality, all because I was crazy enough to risk it all.

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.
It was hard getting to where I am now, but you just have to keep pushing forward even when it feels like there are signs telling you to stop. I’ve learned to plan ahead, lean on people for support, and never stop asking questions. I’m still far from where I want to be, but when I look at the big picture I see that I’m even further away from where I started at 0, and that encourages me to keep pushing. When you’re an “artist” or “creative” you also have to be flexible and listen to your feedback. I’ve changed my direction a thousand times… but what lies ahead, the unknown, that’s what excites me.

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?
I just settled into Dallas recently because of Covid and it’s one of my favorite cities. I appreciate anywhere where you can walk down the street and meet someone from the opposite side of the world. My favorite spots are some of the rooftop pools downtown or wandering around trying new restaurants. The bar scene is also really nice here and it’s full of so many interesting people waiting to strike up a conversation.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t do what I do if it weren’t for all of my clients choosing to work with me, my sister for always being around to help me out even if I have strange requests, and many, many, people I’ve met along the way who lift me up with kind words and believe in me when I feel that I’m failing.

Website: erincav.com

Instagram: @erincavvv

Youtube: youtube.com/erincav

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