Billy Smith

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?

“I’m a boxer briefs guy, and a brand I use most commonly and I like personally is called Lucky brand,” said Smith.

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.

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Ryan Young

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Ryan Young, Los Angeles’s runner, model & adventurer.

By: Joshua Conner

I have always been inspired by Ryan Young: Ultra distance runner, model, social media influencer & creator of RunWithRyan.org. Young is a brilliant writer & social media influencer, he has over 65.4K followers on Instagram & over 7,000 likes on Facebook. Young has also modeled for renowned photographers including: Kevin McDermott, Tony Duran, Serge Lee & Karl Simone to name a few. With every post that Young produces, he gives a followers a passport into his quest of introspection, mindfulness & wonder.

What is a day in the life of Young like?

“What’s a day in the life-like, I wake up, usually grateful every morning. I try to make it a point to wake up in a truly positive state. I am little without my morning cup coffee, so I have some coffee. Then, I try to incorporate something into my life, right off the back. Whether, it’s a podcast, great YouTube video or if I am reading something really positive and it kind of gets me motivated for the day. From there I usually get in my daily run, whatever the like that’s going to be, followed immediately by twenty minutes of mediation. It’s something about going from this extreme physical state, where I am working my heart rate & emotions up, transitioning to this stillness of a mediation. Then I calm back down and settle for the day,” said Young.

Young, then explained how his days could go any number of different ways. Since Young is living in LA, and making a living as a print model, he will have some castings to go to. Young may also spend the day being creative in some way.

“I might have more of a day to focus on writing or creating some videos, basically being creative in some way. Whether that’s being creative with the kind of adventures that I have gone off and done, and putting that into some sort of context, and then kind of putting that out in the world. Or if it’s in fact, being creative,  is planning out something new to take on,” said Young.

Young then does a lifting or cross training session at the gym. In the evening, Young reads, watch the news and relaxes.

“I think taking care of ourselves is important,” said Young.

What is Young’s favorite coffee brand?

“Oh man, haha I have to pick. Well here’s the thing, I love Peet’s Coffee. Yeah, I will just go with Peet’s Coffee, it’s my top choice, but I am always trying all sorts of different coffees. In fact right now, it’s the holiday season,  and I remember last year, at some store, everything was marked down. I found this peppermint infused coffee, it’s normally not my thing, I just like coffee, straight up black roasted, but now I am searching furiously online trying to get it again. I’m always open to any sort of coffees and brews,” said Young.

In an Instagram post, Young stated how inspired he was by essayist Norman Mailer, but what is his favorite Norman Mailer quote?

“I remember he had a great quote, “I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immersing of the purpose we are here for,” something about that really resonates with me,” said Young.

What does Young prefer boxers, briefs or boxer briefs and what are his favorite brand?

“I have two favorite brands actually, that I go back and forth between. They both end up on my Instagram very frequently. One is a brand called D.Hedral. I just find it moves with me, you know it moves all parts. The other brand is Tani underwear. Which also ends up on Instagram fairly often. That is hands down, the softest material for clothing, I have ever felt. Whether it’s the briefs that I run into wear, or the T-Shirts, or the sweatshirts or the sweats, they are just incredibly soft,” said Young.

What would be the thesis statement of Young’s life?

“What would be the thesis statement of my life, wow. I’m on a mission, I suppose to challenge both my body & mind. I want to push the limits of what I perceive to be possible. In turn I suppose I get to meet like-minded people along the way. I love coming across & meeting people with really interesting stories of themselves: overcoming odds, overcoming challenges, incorporating challenges into their lives & how they are able to keep themselves going. I get a lot of inspiration from that and even in turn, the ending kind of being this circle of inspiration, I suppose that keeps me going & it ends up coming back around,” said Young.

Check out Ryan Young’s website https://runwithryan.org. and you can follow him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ryyoung/ also like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/runwithryan/

Extra content: If Ryan could go on a quest with anyone died or alive, who would it be and where would they go? You can find out by following me on Instagram @MrJoshConner & liking me on Facebook @MrJoshConner.