We had the good fortune of connecting with Billy Almon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Billy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think, depending on how you grew up, taking risks is the only way to break out of generational cycles and circumstances. So for me, challenging the status quo of things has kind of become an inherent reaction to experiencing life. Taking risks separates you from the pack and allows you to gain exposure to the things that will help you accomplish your goals. So, the idea of taking risks has never been something I shied away from.
What *has* taken time is learning how to take *healthy* risks and learning the art of patience. I’ve learned that sometimes waiting – which can feel risky at moments – is the best choice to make. That can mean waiting to not react to a person or situation or sometimes simply waiting and trusting that your own body of work will make room for you.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am an Astrobiofuturist. What does that mean? I help companies design solutions that will improve human experiences for those of us on earth and those who will travel amongst the stars soon. Those solutions range anywhere from the spaces we inhabit, the experiences we have in these spaces, and the technologies that need to be developed.
I also dedicate a portion of my time to speaking with the next generation of inventors, designers, scientists, and engineers – showing them how to design the future they wish to see. (This means speaking to students of all ages.) It’s some of my most fulfilling work.
Like anything worth anything, it hasn’t been an easy path.
Trusting my intuition and accepting the truth about what interests and excites me has been the catalyst for leading that work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, we’re definitely going to Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles for breakfast. Next, we’re taking a hike at Griffith to see the Hollywood sign. Then, we’re spending time in the Arts District to see what’s happening on the creative scene. The first few hours are solely for tourist trappin, which means everything typical of the visitor experience, but is still essential to the LA experience, like getting on a bus tour through Hollywood and seeing the beach.
We’ll wrap the day by grabbing dinner at Phillips BBQ on Crenshaw and a huckleberry donut from Sidecar Donuts at The Grove.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The Biomimicry Institute. It’s an inspiring, mission-centric organization that helps students and design practitioners look to nature for sustainable design inspiration and advice. Check out AskNature.org to explore one of the Institute’s prime resources.