We had the good fortune of connecting with Collin Kozola and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Collin, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
One of the most important lessons i’ve learned from my career is that nothing comes free. If you want it, you have to go out and work for it. The journey is going to be hard. It’s not going to be easy. But you have to keep going regardless of how difficult it gets. If you fail, you keep trying. You fall down 7 times, get up 8. You can have other people around you to push you and all but at the end of the day it comes down to just you.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart is the explosive energy I bring to each and every one of my live performances. With my dance choreography and stage presence I love to ignite my audience and leave them with a show they will not forget. The first time I ever hit the stage, my dad said to me “It doesn’t matter if your an opener or headliner or how many people are in the audience, you make each and every one of them remember your name first ”. I carry that with me till this day. What I’m most proud of are the opportunities that I created for myself. I’ve dedicated my life towards music. Since I started, I have worked so hard to get to where I am today. These opportunities have given me a wealth of experience and knowledge towards refining my craft and growing as an artist and a person. The more I grow the more I want the world to see what’s coming next. It has been a long and amazing journey. I began by posting covers on youtube and performing in local venues. My covers landed me a spot on a nationwide tour. After a year on tour, I eventually branched away into other opportunities such as performing on multiple radio shows and city concerts. Along the way I have been writing and producing original content. I have released singles, an EP and music videos. Working on my craft day in and day out staying prepared and ready for the next opportunity. The road has been anything but easy. I was bullied in school, being told no in singing auditions and just getting opportunities alone is tough. It’s a very tough business and it takes a lot of hard work but I wouldn’t change it for the world. No matter how difficult it is I wake up every day knowing that it’s just of matter of time before my number is called. I’m very dedicated towards my craft and I will continue to keep working to stay ready and prepared for what’s going to be presented next. Throughout my career i’ve learned many things. One of which is nothing is just given to you. If you want it, you have to work for it. That it’s okay to fail. Failure is a chance for growth. The more you fail the more you have a choice to learn and to be better. Failure doesn’t define you. It’s what you choose to do after you get knocked down. I want the world to know that i’m on my way. I want to inspire people and show that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.

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?
Honestly, I like to keep it simple unless that person wanted to do something more extravagant. I would just take them to the crib. Blast some music, order a pizza, and play games such as beer pong or uno. If they wanted to actually go out somewhere, I would take them to the bean in the city. One thing about Chicago, the skyline of the city is absolutely beautiful. 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 want to give a shoutout to my family, crew, my girlfriend, my fans, my producer and everyone that gave me the opportunity to hit the stage. I’m grateful and thankful for each and every one of them. Always motivating and pushing me to be better. I wouldn’t be the artist or man I am today if it wasn’t for any of them. I’m truly grateful for each and every one of them for believing in me and helping execute my dreams.

Website: https://www.collinkozolamusic.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/collinkozola

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/collinkozola

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/realcollinkozola

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/user/baseballcollin?noapp=1

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