We had the good fortune of connecting with Talia K Dillingham and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Talia K, how do you think about risk?
Risk: a situation involving exposure to danger or harm.

With this definition of risk I think about it in a calculated fashion, not that risk is an impossibility, but rather something requiring thoughtful respect or discipline to accomplish or avoid. Also as, something most would be fearful of and thus never try.

I’ve made two choices in my life:
1) To LIVE(!) a life not wasted, which holds little space or time for fear
2) live by knowledge, growth and wisdom (along with a few other choice qualities that don’t pertain here). Constant encounters with risk allow me to do both fully.

I’ll explain…
1) in tackling risky situations there’s a sense of excitement, exhilaration, accomplishment and a renegotiation of where limitations truly exist, when done safely/successfully. These feelings are part of the feeling of “being alive” for me. I’m interested in things that other people can’t tell me about and so I push my personal metaphoric envelope as close to the edge as I can, while calculating and being careful not to cross the point-of-no-return. I’m on a constant quest to be the most positive statistical outlier in my life’s situations, which can only happen by taking on a healthy amount of risk.

2) there’s no sense in taking on risk if the guaranteed outcome is failure. That’s when it becomes a game of calculations, using knowledge you make every move to minimize risk(s), when done well you’re left with growth, when done poorly you’re left with, what most would call failure but I’ve chosen to use failure and transmute it into, wisdom (EVERY-TIME; the alternative being regret, not an option…see item 1). Ultimately making my next risk more attainable, or known to be something too big and instead I turn around and walk away. Which is also part of risk accessing…knowing when to walk or when time is better spent in a different direction.

Taking, surviving and failing at risks has created the person I love and respect today (that person being ME).

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Was it easy to forge a career path into the stunt industry? No. I had no real innate athletic excellence, but what I do have is a brain, heart and curiosity.

I have never chosen the easy path as much as I’ve chosen the only path that compels me to trudge it, or feels intuitively “right”. There was initially a small urge to “follow the heard” and “please my parents” of what they envisioned as successful, easy or lucrative options, but I knew I never would have lasted and the notion of happiness in that existence would have been forced.

Instead…I took the big risk, I moved to LA, I asked all my questions, got answers that fueled more interest, passion and desire. I kept doing, learning, training, showing up, improving and eventually built a thriving career as a stunt double. Only to be involved in a life altering injury.

Instead of allowing that to hold me back, or hold me down, it inspired a broadening into acting. Now my world has expanded! I’ve gained more life, more opportunity, more friends, more connectivity, more imagination, more empathy, more joy & more fun! Acting finally gave a safe space, in fact, a celebrated space, to utilize the depth, variety and intensity of emotions I had always struggled to understand as an adolescent. I am always happy to follow my intuition, heart and my head…that’s where the magic of my life has been found.

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 know I am an active park girl over a relaxing beach babe that loves a good city view.

Griffith Park – just get lost! But I do a happy 10.5mi loop by bike that goes by travel town, the observatory, the Greek, the golf course and some beautiful views. Plus wind in your hair, no way to go wrong.

Lake Hollywood – this lovely 3.5 mi stroll is flat and paved and accessible for everyone. Parking’ll bum you out, but you get water, hills, city views, the Hollywood sign and a light workout.

Hiking – it’s abundant! Pick your route length, terrain ability and vibe enjoy.

Huntington &/or Descanso Gardens – take a quick drive east to find a natural botanical retreat with lots of space to roam and reflect.

Magic Castle – a personal fav but not easily accessed, as you must be a member or member’s guest. Here you’ll find magic, fun, food, booze and shows galore. Skip the restaurant (if possible; unless you want the guaranteed show tickets or need the resi to access the club) and dig into the bar eats. Then roam the halls and see where the night takes you.

Subway – I honestly think a day on the red line is a very quick, and cheap way to acquaint with the city. Routing from DTLA up to North Hollywood you can stop at notable places like: Pershing Square, Hollywood + Vine and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Coffee: Dirty Chocolate Chai Latte @ Republic of Pie

Breakfast: Magnolia Grill or (There’s no Place like) Home, or Sage (vegan)

Lunch: Aroma Cafe or Tony’s Darts Away or Doomies (vegan)

Dinner: Mohawk Bend
Steak Dinner: Gwen
Date Night: Firefly or Little Pine (vegan)
Sunset Dinner: Gladstones (on the beach)

Barcade: 82
Whiskey: Jackalope Bar in 7 & Grand
Breweries: Golden Road Brewery or anything in the arts district
Boozey experience: Lost Spirits Distillery (planned reopen in Dec 2021)
Tiki: Tiki Tu
Speakeasy: No Vacancy, Goodtimes @ Davey Wayne’s, La Descarga, Breakroom 86
Rooftops: The Roof on Wilshire

R&R: Ra Spa or Olympic Spa (Korean Bath House; Ladies only)

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My biggest shoutout is Mom & Dad. Truly.

As a child they nurtured my confidence & dreams. They did not create a world of gender roles or social hierarchy but rather one of wonder, understanding and opportunities.

From my Mom I have access to a deep, intense and fluid emotional well that I now happily accept and apply to acting.

From my Dad I gained perseverance, duty & discipline. These have become the business and network savvy that have allowed me to build a career on nothing more than desire to do it.

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