I recently had an opportunity to speak with Billy Smith, Kentucky’s humble & handsome Renaissance man.
By: Joshua Conner
I really became a fan of Billy Smith: actor, model & former professional fighter, from Brooks, Kentucky, from how his Instagram not only illustrates how he can rock a three-piece suit, but how it has a golden age of Hollywood aesthetic. Smith’s personal & professional reinvention, is as charming as his accent.
What is a day in the life of Smith like?
“A day in the life of me, well at different times in my life, it has been a lot different. I use to be a professional fighter, so that was a different lifestyle. Then I was mainly a model, now I’m an actor, so my life has changed a lot over the years. It’s hard to say what a day in the life of me would be like, I guess it would depend on the decade, I guess. The decade, I’m in now, a day in the life of me is answering emails, scheduling work and it’s always something new. I mean honestly, a day in the life of me is always something new. It’s never a repeat process, I guess you would say,” said Smith.
How did Smith get his first tattoo?
“Oh, my first tattoo, actually it was a tribal dragon. I have some Cherokee Indian in me & I’ve always been a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts. I wanted a tattoo, to kind of combine them both,” said Smith.
Smith didn’t get his first tattoo, until he was 21. Smith would always associate dragons with Mixed Martial Arts.
What is the greatest lesson that fighting has taught Smith?
“What professionally fighting has taught me, if I could sum up to one thing is that: a person is capable of a lot more than they understand, until they actually try to achieve it. Boxing and Mixed Martial arts taught me that your physical body and your mind, work together. If one of them isn’t in the game, you don’t compete as well. Your body needs to be trained, it’s a machine, it needs to be well oiled, you know it needs to be ready. Your mind does too, because if your mind isn’t ready, your body isn’t here. So one thing, I learned is that your mind is powerful itself. Just believing in yourself, believing in the things you want to achieve, can make anything happen for you physically also. If you believe you can’t do it, it can keep you from physically competing, you know winning a fight. You can beat yourself so to speak. I just learned that you need to have both working together, your mind & your body,” said Smith.
If Smith could leave his child one quality it would be respect & empathy.
“Well, I try to instill in them respect. Hopefully they just be really understanding of people. I would want them to be empathetic for people, hopefully they are not judgmental,” said Smith.
What is Smith’s underwear preference & favorite brand?
What is Smith’s mantra?
“You know, honestly I would say stay learning. Don’t ever stop learning and don’t ever feel like you know it all. You know always feel like, it’s something else you need to know and learn. I think learning is the best thing for all of us. It keeps our mind working and we don’t become settled. So long as you are learning, everything is limitless. There are no limits to anything, so long as you continue to learn daily, you know something. I would say continue learning no matter what,” said Smith.