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

Hi Dana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risks have always played a major part in my choice of being a creator. From the beginning, it was a risk to make the choice to (at the time) pursue a less traditional way of earning an income, versus continuing college and sticking with my 9-5. It was a risk of danger; knowing the amount of access the world can have to any information they want. Something like this has a huge impact the rest of your future and maintaining healthy relationships. I also took a risk in knowing the way elder peers were going to judge my credibility for success, or just understand that it is a real job. But the biggest risk by far is having to make it work for my future since any 9-5 that runs my social media check now is definitely going to find something they don’t like.

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.
I’ve always used art as a an outlet of escapism for anxiety. When I was younger it was drawing or painting, as I got a bit older it was cooking. When I began my journey with digital creation I experienced how mentally stimulating it was; there’s never not anything that you can’t be doing to create when it comes to social media, and I think thats what I love the most about it. If I want to get creative with photos, I can be a stylist, a photographer, and make up artist in 1. If I have something on my mind, I film, then edit it into something funny and worth watching. I love the way my brain works when I’m putting together something funny, its like having your very own ‘digital punchline machine’. I’m proud of the fact I’ve been successful of my ultimate goal, which was giving people a form of an escapism through my comedy; even if it is just for 60 seconds or less. It hasn’t been the easiest thing ever though, I neglected actually treating the anxiety I had been escaping from. I spent so much time thinking I was helping others that I forgot that when the camera is off, I’m not continuing to get the help I need, that lead to a lot of phases where I’ve been burnt out and uninspired– it’s like an author or song writer with writers block. But there’s no art without an artist; it always finds a way to re inspire again.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite thing to do is go to the beach, eat, and shop. I’m a sucker for a good ocean view and theres nothing than can make me happy like a really, really good meal. Shopping is inevitable. Luckily for me, I can work all of those into my business. People love to see oceans, they love to know about new food spots, and any thing I buy will eventually be incorporated into an instagram pic.

Website: Tiktok.com/@danapizzarellli

Instagram: Instagram.com/danapizzarelli

Youtube: YouTube.com/danapizzarelli

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