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.

Jasie Poindexter | Licensed Esthetician & Lash Artist

Risk taking has been a huge factor in my career and life. I moved from my small home town to Dallas, TX one week after graduating high school to follow my passion and attend beauty school. If I would’ve played it safe I may have never got the opportunities I have today. So I say, take the risk. You may never get where you want to be without it. No one becomes a millionaire by playing it safe! Read more>>

Bethan Edwards | Shop Owner; Designer & Model

I very much believe that calculated risks are crucial to success and happiness. I have made a variety of leaps in my career after graduating with a Biology degree- I started off in pharmaceutical/cardiac research, but realized it wasn’t a good fit for me. I always had a passion for cooking, and enrolled in culinary school at night, graduated and left my corporate job for a line cook position at one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia (Zahav). After a few years I left the restaurant industry and fell back on my bio experience to work a remote cardiac job. During this time I had a creative itch that needed to be scratched and launched my handmade jewelry business. My current career as owner of my shop, Piggle and Pop, has weaved in and out of motherhood with me over the last 12 years. Read more>>

KlassX | Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer

I believe risks are required if you want the best out of life. You could take the easy path and work as an employee. Collect your check every two weeks, pay your bills and go out every blue moon. But if you really want to live, you have to take a chance. Throughout my entire life, I’ve always taken risks. Of course they all haven’t worked, but some have. I wouldn’t have been in the positions I was in, had I not taken a chance. One of the biggest risks I feel like I’ve taken, is choosing to leave the post office to pursue music and putting myself all the way in it. I had a promising career. I worked my way up. Started as a mail carrier and got promoted in less than 2 years. Read more>>

Elizabeth Chaides-Rojas | Henna Tattoo Artist and Painter

Risk taking can create instability, but also opportunity. Many times if I have felt stuck in a position where I can no longer advance or see a future in, taking a risk has helped me recoup and find a different opportunity that suits my needs. Because I took a leap and left an extremely draining admin job, I dived into pursuing my art career. It’s still a feat I do part time with other work, but being involved in the line of work and community has made me the most satisfied Ive ever been career wise. Read more>>

Dezera Dunlap | Makeup artist

I love risk. I joined the Army probably the biggest risk any one can take ha! Since I’m such a risk taker becoming an MUA and barely knowing anything about the industry has been such a thrill for me. Everyday I learn something new and I love it. Read more>>

Breanna Dorsey | Publicist + Entrepreneur

Without great risk, their is no great reward. I’ve always believed in this statement and understood to get to where I wanted to be, I was going to have to do the things no one was willing to do and put it all on the line because I knew it was worth it. It’s super scary, and sometimes I’m like why did I even do this? I could have a much simpler life taking the path I’ve seen alot of people do, but something in me always says “Keep Going” and I do. I’ve won and loss, but I’ve learned. Taking risks can be frightening, but totally essential to reach new heights Read more>>