We had the good fortune of connecting with Gage Kelsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gage, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Ever since I was a young child, I was considered a wild dare-devil. I was always curious and wasn’t really good at taking no for answer or being told how to do something. I think these characteristics made me take more risks as a child and transferred over to my adulthood. The biggest risk is dropping the safety net and comfort to follow heart and intuition. That has always been the hardest moment for me and most of the people I speak with, that have chosen non-traditional life paths. There was a time when I was following the “American Dream” of going to college, getting a degree, and working a corporate job with a 401k. I drank the cool aid – I focused on material goods, parties, social life and dating. It was all grand until I woke up with an existential crisis every morning and the occasional anxiety attack. Eventual the risk of staying and what it would do to my soul, was grander than the risk of wading the waters of the unknown path of being a full time creative. Most importantly, the question of risk always comes down to two factors for me: 1. Do I have enough faith in “Life” (insert whatever belief system/god you choose) that no matter what choice I make, “Life” is conspiring with me. 2. What does my intuition/heart/body tell me to do. In my life I have had to unlearn to default to logic and rational to make my life choices. I work on it every day. So, instead of looking at the options life provides me as risky or safe, I try to see them from the prospective of, what is my intuition telling me to do. All of the answers are already inside of us – the battle is just to be clear/ in tune/ quiet enough to hear them. When I get to the moment that I hear my body tell me the clear decision yet my mind is posing rational and logic against it, I tell myself “this is my opportunity to have more faith in “Life” that it will work out.” In summation there never is any risk when making choices this way. It’s more of a conditioned construct, of perception by society. However, I am still working on living these words every day and reprogramming my body and mind to understand decisions this way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
*** NOT FOR PUBLISHING**** most all of these questions are answered in my previous interview. *****
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to the mountains to explore the rich nature of the Rocky Mountains.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give thanks to all the support of my parents, brother, friends and “Life” for providing all of the lessons for me to arrive where I am today. Also, to my lovely lady Savannah for always being a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen and a partner to navigate this life.