QUESTION - Thank you for taking the time to participate in the Q & A session. Would you like to share with everyone who you are, your background as you have had an amazing career as an actress, WWE wrestler, model and now trader!
My pleasure. Thanks for the opportunity to reach your community. My name is Bobbi Billard and I am a model, actress, and former professional wrestler for WWE & WOW Women of Wrestling. I grew up in Southern California. I built my following online, through hard work, choosing to avoid the nightclub/party scene that most of my friends were preoccupied with, while we were in our early 20s and instead replacing that with working long days/nights on the computer, opting to promote my career aspirations, an investment that ended up paying off.
I have worn many hats in my life and have always tried to cross-promote myself in as many different ways as possible. As a result, my career took off and I landed a television role playing Summer of the Beach Patrol on WOW Women of Wrestling, as well as a Super Bowl commercial for Diet Dr. Pepper, and numerous other TV, music video, and movie roles.
While modeling and acting was a fun and exciting career to have been a part of, I've gradually moved on to pursuing other interests. Particularly ones that revolve more around using my brain, versus using my brawn. So the evolution has come about and these days, I'm a published author, designer, artist and real estate, stock, and crypto investor with a background and degree in interior design.
I currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada but I'm often visiting California, as a lot of my friends and family still reside there.
QUESTION - You do not have to answer, but you were involved prior to trading in a major class action lawsuit against the WWE. Can you describe what caused this - and the outcome.
Years ago, I was hired to wrestle for WWE. I ended up getting injured and had to have surgery on my neck. I pursued claims along with 74 other former WWE wrestlers for unfair and dangerous employment conditions in wrestling. We had hoped to get help for all the wrestlers that cannot get properly diagnosed and treated for neurological diseases that are a consequence of their careers. The cases were dismissed but the class action lawsuit for everyone was recently filed at the US Supreme Court. For more information on the pending case, you can visit:
QUESTION - Tell us you decided to get involved in trading. And do you trade stocks, cryptocurrency. What challenges and successes have you enjoyed in trading. And why trading to begin with?
My father taught me about investing at a young age. My dad let me choose a few stocks that I wanted to invest in. Then he purchased them and we'd track them together on a chart. He told me to pick out companies that I was interested in. At that time, I liked playing with Barbie, so we bought shares in Mattel. We ended up doing well on these little joint ventures we had together. Good times! My father was a very smart man. He taught me how important it was to invest your money and save for your future, so I never forgot that lesson that he instilled upon me. For most of my life I have been a saver. Unlike many of the women I met while working in the entertainment industry who seemed to invest their money in expensive designer shoes and purses that don't usually appreciate in value, I purchased real estate and invested the majority of my income into my home. I made a good amount of money investing in real estate over the years. I played around with stocks some, but I mostly held mutual funds for long-term positions. The majority of my portfolio, at the time, was managed by stock brokers / investment advisors. Today, while I continue to use some of these same advisors to help me manage my portfolio, I have increasingly taken on more of these responsibilities myself, while saving myself money on management fees. In 2014, I went back to school and earned my degree in interior design. I started flipping homes, then the pandemic hit. The uncertainty of that situation caused me to hit pause on my current project and I started investing more in stocks. I made some smart investment choices and was averaging about +43% yield throughout 2020. I fell in love with trading and am convinced that I stumbled upon a new passion of mine. I know this because I always hated waking up early for as long as I could remember. I was always the girl who would choose a shoot at sundown over sunrise, given the choice. I loved my beauty sleep! You couldn't get me out of bed early for anything. When I started becoming more active with trading, I found myself voluntarily waking up before the crack of dawn, without an alarm, energized, ready to plan my next moves for that day, and excited for the opening bell to ring. I'm kind of a homebody, which is another reason why I like trading so much. It allows me to be where I am most comfortable, spending time with my friends, family, dogs, and loved ones. My bread and butter is as a momentum trader. No margin, no options. Heavy in genomics and technology but lately I have been hoarding cash with plans to adjust some of my positions in order to reflect our new political environment. And I am proud to say that I was the fool who bought a bunch of crypto close to its 52 week high at the end of 2017. But, I’m not such a fool anymore. I HODL'd and turned that investment into quite a hefty profit. I've since split those aces and I now play entirely with house money, which is my favorite thing to do, whether it be with trading stocks or investing in crypto. I've recently expanded beyond trading only BTC, Ethereum, & LiteCoin. Some of my other favorite altcoins that I'm most bullish on include Algorand (ALGO), Basic Attention Token (BAT), and Cardano (ADA). More recently, I started creating and selling my own NFT's. This, to me, is the future for artists and creators. It is the perfect blend of my artistic side and high interest in blockchain technologies. Also, I have always been an early adopter of social media and all things internet since way back in the MySpace days and before that Yahoo! Groups. Becoming an early adopter in the NFT space seemed to be a natural fit. Here is my collection: https://opensea.io/collection/bobbi-billard-art. And I'm excited to announce that I just sold my very first two pieces. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of my NFTs, you can make an account here:https://opensea.io?ref=0x3987a56fd21097fa7d911b97ad4184d917ee0b25 My profile is located here: https://opensea.io/accounts/bobbibillard As for challenges, life is not always easy and can be filled with as many professional and personal disappointments, just as it can be the exact opposite, like the stars aligned and things are being presented to you on a silver platter. Truth be told, my greatest disappointments have led me to my greatest joy and love. If not for this road I have traveled on, I would never truly know happiness. As they say, you've gotta roll with the punches and take the good with the bad. As a former professional wrestler, I know this far too well.
QUESTION- What personal or professional failure/setback have you experienced in your life that has set you up for this success?
Nothing in my life has been handed to me. I have had to work hard for everything that I have accomplished. My basic strategy has always been to work harder than anyone else is willing to work, which has usually guaranteed me success in everything I've wanted to accomplish. I keep putting myself out there no matter what, unbothered by Monday morning armchair quarterback critics, that sometimes come out and try to project their misery onto me.
QUESTION : This is becoming a favorite question for many - plus readers get some good gift ideas from it. What purchase of less than $100 have you made in the past year that you simply could not live without now?
This may sound strange but hear me out. I discovered that I love Mike's Hot Honey on pizza. I used to use red pepper flakes to kick the spiciness up a notch but now I just use this instead. It really seems to bring out the flavor and sweetness in the tomatoes, all while giving it an extra kick. So delicious! Highly recommended. Mike's Hot Honey can be a bit hard to find depending on where you live, so I usually buy mine on Amazon:
I recently found the coolest iPad cover and I always get so many compliments on it. I think it's great because it's completely incognito. I can leave it in my car and not have to worry that someone will break in and try to steal it as it literally looks like it's a notebook.
Lastly, since I love spending time at home, my favorite purchase has been various lighting devices from Philips Hue. I have this lighting throughout many rooms of my home and it allows you to choose different colors of light in order to set a mood/vibe. You can even upload a picture in which it will mimic the colors in said picture. It has rapidly become one of my favorite inexpensive upgrades that I've done to my house which seemingly has accomplished more than many of my more costly upgrades have. Here's a quick kit that can help you transform your home, you can thank me later. *wink* It's a little bit pricier than $100 but since this kit includes multiple lights and devices that you don't have to buy all at once, I figured it was worth a mention.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082S4871Z?tag=onamzbarba095-20&linkCode=ic5&ascsubtag=amzn1.infl.us.product&creativeASIN=B082S4871Z&ref=exp_bobbibillard_dp_vv_d >>QUESTION - If you could choose three dinner guests dead or alive, who would they be and why?
My father, who passed away from pancreatic cancer, because I was only 19 when that happened and I miss him a lot! There's so much to catch up on! I think he would be proud of me that I'm investing the way that I am now. I'd gladly forego the other two just to have him back for a single second.
QUESTION - What are some of your hobbies? We see you live in Las Vegas. Give our readers the good and the bad of living in Vegas!
I love living in Vegas! I used to live in California but I grew sick of the traffic and high cost of living. Las Vegas was a good alternative, as it is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. I can easily access the freeway from where I live and get back on the road to visit my friends and family by simply taking a short 3.5 - 4 hour road trip. And to be honest, with the way traffic in Cali has gotten to be, it's not too much longer than the time you'd expect to spend, waiting in rush hour traffic, while traveling from South Orange County to the Valley.
Vegas is a popular tourist destination, so I still get to see a lot of my friends that live in other states about as often as I might while we were both residing in the same state. One, or more of them, are often out here visiting for one reason or another, whether it be a work convention, a wedding, or a show they came out to see. There isn't nightmarish traffic like there is in LA and you can afford to live a way better lifestyle out in Las Vegas. I currently live in my dream home, which was super affordable when I purchased it back in 2012. I have a large backyard with a pool and room to breathe. I don't think you could build my house from the ground up for what I paid. I practically stole the thing! I am 15 minutes from the airport and I don't miss paying city and state taxes one bit. There are many world class chefs who have left their jobs on the strip, to go off on their own and start their own restaurants, so supporting some of these business ventures keeps a foodie like me quite satisfied. Another thing is that Las Vegas definitely takes care of their locals. There are often local discounts offered. There's also great shopping and always something to do 24-7-365. It is a pretty damn good quality of life, if I do say so myself.
The bad thing about living in Las Vegas is that when people come out, they often want to let loose because Vegas is known for being the crazy party capital of the US, if not the entire world. And as much as I love the fact that people flock to Vegas for that very reason and I'm not hatin', I personally can't spend my life partying like it's 1999, being hungover all day every day. People assume that Vegas life must be equivalent to a scene from the movie 'The Hangover' but I can't live my life that way. I'd accomplish absolutely nothing and I've got stocks to trade and money to make so I can buy my own private island. 😜
QUESTION - Do you have any mentors now in trading or even life?
I love Cathie Woods from Arkk Invest. She's my girl crush and I love her taste in stocks! Apparently, she likes mine too as she has gotten into a few that I have invested in after I was already an investor. QUESTION - Name three books you would recommend to a friend as having an impact on your life (and why if possible)
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne because it retrained my way of thinking and taught me about the power of positivity, manifestation, and to discard negative thoughts that serve me no benefit.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner because it helped me come to terms with the untimely death of my father due to pancreatic cancer at 54 years of age.
The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene because it is always good to know that evil exists everywhere and this book helps you recognize it right away if it happens to cross your path so that you don't waste any of your precious time.
QUESTION - If you could have a big billboard with your favorite saying or message on it, what would it be.
It costs $O.OO to be a kind human being.
QUESTION- Thank you for taking the time for this interview. How can our readers contact you, including on social media. And is there anything else you like for our readers to know about you?
Thanks so much for the opportunity to do this interview. I look forward to getting to know you and your community. I'm @bobbibillard everywhere (including Clubhouse) so feel free to add me at any of the sites I am on and when I see it, I'll follow you back. Here's a list of some of the ones I use the most frequently:
BB’s Million $ Mission for PANCAN in Memory of My Dadwww.pancan.org/bobbi