We had the good fortune of connecting with Leon Logothetis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leon, how do you think about risk?
When I think about risk, I think about potential. I start to wonder how this risk could help me grow as a person and how it could change the lives of others for the better. I remember the day I had to call my dad and tell him I was leaving the family business. Feeling the uncertainty of this risk in my own voice but knowing this was the only way I could become my own person. Over my career I’ve had many of these uncertain moments: arriving in Times Square as I was about to walk across America to the Hollywood sign or taking that first step out of my front door before I circumnavigated the world relying solely on kindness. But each time I knew I had to at least try. And in the end the risk was well worth the reward. Had I chose to sit on my couch instead of choosing to take a chance, I never would have known the magic of potential.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The thing that sets me and my company apart is how we approach every project. We live by three standards. Humanity: does what we’re planning to do help others? Travel: how can we add an element of travel into everything we do? Adventure: how can adventure be the forefront of our projects? The couple of times we’ve tried to take one of these elements out I ended up in a hospital in Romania or capsized on a makeshift raft in the Indian Ocean. Staying this long in the entertainment industry is about one thing: tenacity. So many times, I wanted to give up but didn’t because the goal was bigger than me. I know a lot of friends and colleagues who have left the industry for one reason or another. I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else. Again, as long as what we’re doing is giving back to the world. Some lessons learned along the way were more difficult than others. One of the important ones was learning we are all the same. When I did some work in the slums of India I saw a mom kissing her daughter goodbye for school. That love is the same love you give your kids. This love is ingrained in us, it’s in our DNA, it’s a part of who we are. The one thing I want everyone to take away from our company is never, ever give up. So many doors were closed on me when I was trying to get The Kindness Diaries out to the world. But I kept pushing along and now it has been seen by millions of people.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the beach so there would be a lot of coastal fun. I’m Greek and would take them to Taverna Tony’s in Malibu. They have some of the best Greek food in the US. Riding bikes along Venice beach is a must. One day would be spent in Joshua Tree, I love the vibe there and it’s a place I can’t recommend enough. I love hiking and we would go take a hike in the Hollywood Hills, see the amazing views. Lunch at SoHo House is something I like to experience with friends. I like to keep things spontaneous, often we don’t know what we will do until hours before! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my Shoutout to my good friend Tony Holmes. I met him in Pittsburgh while filming the first season of my show The Kindness Diaries. I was looking for a kind person to let me stay with them for the night and I asked Tony “can I stay in your house tonight?”. He apologized and said he was homeless. The embarrassment hit me instantly. Here I was doing a social experiment and asking a homeless man for a place to stay. Then he did something that would change my life forever. He offered for me to stay at his encampment. Every fiber of my being said, “Leon you are not staying on the streets of Pittsburgh tonight”. But that’s exactly what I did. Tony fed me, gave me some clothes and protected me. He taught me two very valuable lessons. One, kindness is free. If Tony could be kind when all he had in his life were 2 trash bags full of belongings, then why can’t we? Two, true wealth is in our hearts and not in our wallets. I tell people who have watched the show, anyone can honor Tony by simply going out into the world and being kind.