We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Herpin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks requires one to trust in their abilities. Oftentimes, a risk only feels like a gamble because of the uncertainty of the future outcome. I consider risk a challenge––it forces a person to utilize new methods of problem solving because the environment, or choice, is unfamiliar.
In my own career, I’ve taken risks without even knowing it. Traveling to New York City from the suburbs of League City was a risk. Changing my major was a risk. Embracing leadership roles was a risk. However, I quelled any fears I had stepping into each of those opportunities by leaning into my strengths. When I moved to a new city I relied on my ingenuity and thriftiness. When I made the decision to change my career path from medicine to the arts, I leaned into the risk by thinking about what I wanted my life to look like, and what sacrifices I was willing to make. I asked what success really looked like for me, and if I could accept straying from a structured future.
What defines career risks, in my opinion, is the way a choice affects security, financial or otherwise. When I decided to take a non-traditional path I had to commit myself to working hard in whatever current role I was in, and staying open to new opportunities. You’d be surprised at the amount of transferable skills you acquire by working in different fields. Learning along the way, remaining true to my passions, and listening to seasoned professionals are ways that I found success. Even with the failures, there’s no greater reward than accomplishing high level projects in the marketing, film and creative production world alongside a growing team. Overall, I’d say risk is beneficial if it is a conscious decision to try something that feels out of your scope, but within your passions. Oftentimes, it helps you reach that next level you may be craving.
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.
Social Media Account Manager and Photographer.
I currently manage nearly 30 social media accounts, and a team of creatives. It certainly wasn’t easy! A lot of trial and error, learning curves, and being honest about my strengths and weaknesses. I followed my passion for the arts, and through those collaborations my mentors recognized my leadership and project management abilities. I’ve been blessed to grow in a field where creativity and commerce can coincide.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to not take your failures to heart, but always learn from them. We’re all human, and you can’t operate at 100% all the time. Listening to your team, finding thoughtful business oriented solutions and managing customer expectations are skills I’ve only acquired in the latter half of my career. Delegate, ask for help, and build upon the talents of your peers to make the result even more fruitful for your business and for the community.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
– Trip to Galveston to get some sun
– Tacos, pretty much anywhere in Houston you will get amazing tacos.
– A show at White Oak Music Hall
– A picnic in Memorial Park with the pups.
– The MFAH and new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
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 want to shout out Women of Color in the Arts chapter here in Houston (Shayna Schlosberg, <email@example.com>; https://www.facebook.com/shaynads ).
Shouting out Hannah Bull, an amazing muralist and teacher. https://www.instagram.com/hannahbullnectar/
My cousin! A DJ and fashion designer celebrating our family’s history and Black artists. https://www.instagram.com/jjoshallenn/
Jordyn Simmons, another amazing DJ and teacher in Houston who has been featured globally. https://www.instagram.com/j0dysimms/
Marlene Rivera, who is the volunteer coordinator for Bayou City Arts Fest and a Houston culture maker. https://www.instagram.com/marlenerivera/
I’d like to dedicate my article to my mom, Happy Mother’s Day.
Jose Piña https://www.instagram.com/pineapplemediaprod/