I'm vanilla. Or at least, that's what most people think of me. I'm the girl that spends all of her time in her room alone on the internet making videos. That's partly true, I am that girl. But the fact that I'm working toward a career in online media is a huge risk, especially where I come from. People don't make a living working on the internet in my city. People work in an office and punch in a clock. That's what's normal.
But soon I'll be moving to Seattle, WA where I intend to take up internships and classes learning how to make a career online. I don't just want to be a YouTuber. I want to also be a blogger, a podcast(er?)... An entrepreneur. And online entrepreneur to be exact.
And becoming an online entrepreneur comes with huge risk. If you don't have an audience, you don't have a career. (While we're on the topic, if you don't mind checking out my other blogs, YouTube channel, and podcast that'd be great.)
Still, I'm taking the chance that I'll be a starving artist for the rest of my life because I'd rather take the risk than stay where I am.
It's important to take chances in life. Some people steal a jar of nuts from the grocery store - which my friend did the other day and I highly don't recommend doing that - and someone people fly out 4,000 miles to Vermont to escape their life in Alaska. (That one was me when I went to college.)
When I'm not taking a huge risk, I become depressed. And it's because I'm a very adventurous person, though most people wouldn't suspect that about me. I don't do drugs, do donuts in a car, or do other things that most people would consider risky. In most areas of my life, I'm very - like I said before - vanilla.
But I need to be changing cities every year and a half or quitting my job to throw everything I have into my online career. Sure, it hasn't worked out for me so far, but I refuse to give up because the risk is worth it for me.
Most people are afraid to take risks.
I see it all the time. Friends are always telling me that they want to have a career in something that's not practical - mostly entertainment - but they're too afraid of being judged, or they're too afraid to fail. But in my opinion, you fail when you don't even try.
How can you succeed when you never took the risk?
My advice to you if you're debating whether or not to take a huge chance in your life? Just do it. Take the leap. You may regret it, but you definitely will regret it more if you don't take the chance.
Let me know in the comments if you've ever taken a huge chance in your life. How did it go? Do you regret i?