We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Nesbit and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I love taking risks! Improv is all about taking risks. And I’ve been improvising for 16 years, so taking risks is now a part of my whole being. In improv, You never know what’s going to happen in a show but you have to put yourself out there or else there is no scene. Improv also sets you up to accept failure which is the risk of taking a risk. What you find out in improv, and also in life, is that when you fail, there will always be someone there to pick you back up.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a comedian and I am most proud of my diverse work. I love improvising, stand-up, but I also draw cartoons and I have created a silly video series called Nesbits Tidbits that gives people random facts about the world. There are so many challenges to be able to do this professionally but I relearn every couple months that you must enjoy the journey. Creating with people is the best part of being an artist and being able to work with anyone is one of my biggest strengths. I just want the world to know that I’m here to make them forget their troubles and laugh for a bit.
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?
Oh my gosh. I love the fact that LA has such diverse places to go. First I’d take them to go on one of my favorite walks. You park at Venice Beach and take a walk up to Santa Monica Pier. We’d eat at Marisol, get some margaritas, have some beautiful pier time, then walk back. I’d probably stop somewhere on Venice Beach for another drink when we got back. The next day we could go up to Malibu and eat at this cafe up there, which is completely outside. Then we could take a drive around Malibu and pretend we were rich. The next day we’re off to The Huntington Library. I can spend the whole day there and then some. If I had my way, my friend would be visiting me when JPL had one of their free visit days. We would go to JPL and, again, spend the whole day there. SCIENCE!! I live in North Hollywood so we’d be eating and drinking at Idle Hour, Black Bottom Southern Kitchen, and of course FatBurger. But I’d take them on a trip to Atwater Village where my most favorite restaurant is – Bon Vivant. 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?
I’d like to shoutout my home improv theater – CIC Theater- in Chicago. For eight years I took risk after risk after risk and I always felt loved.