We had the good fortune of connecting with Leon Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leon, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I feel finding your healthy balance will always be a work in progress because we are constantly changing, growing, adjusting and attempting to find ways to connect with others and with the work we were put here to do. Just when you feel like you have a good balance life throws something else at you. For me continuing to find my balance relies on my ability to adjust and shift through or past an unexpected event. Speaking about finding balance seems to be easier than actually finding balance. Actually listening, responding and honoring what you need in the moment so you can travel forward as your best self. I know when I have my balance because I got that glow like Bruce Leroy! I am at my highest vibration. I believe that is what real balance creates. I know when my balance is off because I frustrated, angry, resentful. Low vibing. Balance is essential but finding true authentic balance takes effort, practice, and being honest with yourself.
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?
One of the biggest lessons I have received from yoga that has started to really click for is that EVERYTHING in my life IS A PRACTICE. From the side of bed I wake up on, how I wake up, how I choose to feel first thing in the morning. All a practice. How I practice the little things in life have been showing up in big ways when I really want and need it to count. I have applied this mentality to my comedy and how I approach my process to developing material as well as producing my weekly comedy shows. I have seen my work take big leaps just by choosing to practice the things that serve me everyday. Everything is a practice.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
FIRST! We’re jumping in a hot room and doing some yoga! Gotta get our mind and body right and it is my happy place. Hot 8 Yoga has so many beautiful, peaceful studios!! Sherman Oaks and Pasadena being my absolute favorite. Those studios really put you in the right space to give and receive love. After yoga we are gonna get some Dave’s Hot chicken or In & Out! My son and I favorite fast food spots. I love driving from the valley to Beverly Hills and fantasizing about my dream house I’m going to have one day so we will do some window drive shopping and manifesting next. We will end our first night at The Comedy Store where all the great comics live and breathe. Day two we are waking up early and going to Malibu. Paradise Cove is one of my favorite spots and my family and I usually spend birthday’s there eating the tasty seafood and hanging at the beach all day. Day three we will hit the other great comedy clubs in LA starting with my home club Ha Ha Café then the Improv. Maybe my friend will get to see me work in my second happy place on stage slagging jokes. After that everything would be up for grabs. I honestly love spending a lot of my free time at home with my family watch anime with my son or grilling for the fam.
I am a sucker for a good dispensary 😉… The High Path has my heart.👌🏾
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?
My shoutouts are to Alex Taylor my acting coach and mentor. Big Mike Mitchell my late comedian mentor. The Fourth Wall & Hot 8 Yoga. Honorable mention to the book The Four Agreements.
Alex Taylor of the The Miesner Studio is like no other acting coach in LA. Much like my feelings of the practice of yoga Alex is full service! Mind, body, spiritual. My growth as not only an actor & artist but also as a living, connected human while with Alex is/was second to none!
Big Mike Mitchell, RIP, was one of the only individuals that believed in me and gave me opportunities when I started pursing comedy. I learned so much from being around him. I learned from his wins and his losses.
The Fourth Wall has been a home for me over the past couple years. I’ve seen more growth as a comedian since finding this amazing open mic place.
Hot 8 Yoga has been one of the safest places for me since moving to Los Angeles. This studio has created a place for self growth and inner reflection. After taking my 50 & 200 hour teacher trainings I’ve found new areas of self I never imagined I had. Thanks to the guidance and mentorship of amazing leaders such as Adriana Benevento & Kat Grant (no longer with the company) who guided me during my beginning stages, adjusted to my ways of learning and showed me unconditionally love & support throughout my process of becoming an yoga instructor.
The Four Agreements is a book I feel is absolutely ESSENTIAL as I continue to pursue my journey connecting with my fellow planet earth people! This book helps me remember my why and that being grounded in my why is the key to success.
Alizabeth Bean @thatgirlnamedbean, John Zambians @directedbyjohn Garon Atencio @gjatencio