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

Hi Mallika, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is essential. The greatest barrier I face personally when it comes to taking a risk is the presumption of failure. The bitter paradox: whether you stay stagnant or take a leap into the unknown, failure is always a possibility. Given this, I think I would rather fail because of a bold risk, than by remaining the same person.

Life is short and precious.

I want to fail.

I want to make mistakes.

That is how growth happens.

Risk-taking has been an invaluable aspect of growing up. I took a risk by pursuing the arts (coming from a family and culture that emphasizes traditionally intellectual pursuits). This led to a butterfly effect that resulted in my start-up: The 98 Art Collective. Because of that initial risk, I have had the opportunity to create shows around the world and meet dynamic collaborators.

Risk-taking has always given me permission to dream like a child.

Practiced risk-takers are funnily enough some of the most stable and serious collaborators. The ability to remain cool, calm and confident regardless of the circumstances comes with the willingness to take risks. I want to work with people who aren’t afraid to act boldly and have the resilience to bounce back if things don’t go according to plan.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I founded The 98 Art Collective in 2017 with the goal of understanding the perspective of the rising generation by creating immersive artistic experiences. Since 2017, we have had the opportunity to produce interdisciplinary shows around the world (Boston, London, San Fransisco, Paris and New York). Currently, we are based in Brooklyn with a focus on working with small businesses, brands and venues. We create immersive content on 5 different levels: events, installations, performance, film and photography. Each experience places an emphasis on scalability of ideas through the virtual, digital and in-person platforms, as well as through different artistic mediums.

Throughout the process of growing The 98, I had a couple guiding principles that have helped me get to where I am today. First, I promised to myself to always “make the impossible, possible”. Whenever I feel creatively drained or intimidated by the future, I dig for whatever I perceive as impossible. It keeps everything fresh and exciting.

Second, “be a sponge”. I never want to close myself off to education. It is so important to understand history, current events, science, philosophy, economics.I am not claiming to be an expert in any of these fields, however, the pursuit of knowledge gives an underlying richness to the art-making process. Everything is connected after-all.

Third, “keep growing”. I always check to make sure the next project is bigger and better than the last. It doesn’t have to be by much, but as long as I am improving the way I conduct myself as a leader and artist, then I know I am on track to getting where I need to be.

It has not been easy (especially when life throws horrifically timed curveballs), but it is the pursuits of these principles that are of great value to me.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

I would love to give a shoutout to my close friends and collaborators: Dana Depirri, TJ Butzke, Nailah Cunningham, Thomas Leacu, Liam Greene and Amal Chandaria.

Website: https://98artcollective.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/98artcollective/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mallika-chandaria-a75b90210/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzx3Bf0cUx8olmmACQR5rHA

Image Credits
Kevin Cheung Mallika Chandaria Joey Mercado

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