We had the good fortune of connecting with Wayne Headley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wayne, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
God’s NOT Dead! He’s surely alive! It means; in Him I live and move and have my being.
It means He’s present: in everything I see, everything I do and everything I say,… so it matters.
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.
My artistry and my canvas is “The Future”. I have always been that guy, a futurist; looking forward, searching the horizon for what’s new to me and what’s yet to be discovered. Particularly in the areas that interest me: personal style as an expression of dignity, culture as it relates to creative artistic expressions and faith as it manifests in bold individual character. I am most proud of my natural family, extended family and the beautiful family my wife and I have been granted to create together. I guess you can see a theme here,.. family. My career path has been about going where the grace to create allows, I’ve always tracked with the freedom to create. It has never been easy but I was never told it would be, so I was not disappointed when challenges came my way. Overcoming challenges has involved two key principles in my life: commitment and consistency. Some might frame it as passion and determination too. The primary lesson in my life has been; every day God grants me another shot, take it, like it’s the game winner with no time left on the clock. If you miss, praying for another chance may be better than making the shot,.. He continues to grant my prayer. I guess you can see another theme here,.. faith! I want the world to know, if I have a gift to give, I’ll give it. Whatever gifts I’ve been given in this life are meant to help, share or bless others and that’s all I’m trying to do. Give, from what I carry and what’s been freely given to me by God’s grace and Mercy!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow, I have a different agenda than most when it comes to visitors, opening my home and LA’s magnitude. So the criteria is totally skewed because of my friendships and the depth to which we have come to experience life together. At this stage of my life it is less about doing things together and more about being together. My wife has an amazing culinary gift and she loves to prepare complete meals. That always involves at least 3 course plus a fresh baked finale to die for. Time, conversation, outdoor dining, outdoor movies, fire pit board games lawn games and naps in hammock’s in our back yard, bring our California guests to the next level. We have taken care to make our home an oasis with fruit trees, palm trees, flowering plants and an ease that allows our guests to revive their souls. Most of our family hails from Canada so the weather is always the star of their visits. Then its the beach, and California’s endless coastline. We love to camp, in our own back yard and then day trip anywhere along the coast close to LA starting in Santa Monica and headed North. That includes Sunrise hikes at Victory trail head, Backbone Trail to Sandstone Peak and Mishe Mokwa Trail Loop, picnics at Zuma Beach, Billionaires beach, Surfrider beach and the Adamson House in Malibu. We’ll do breakfast at Cici’s Cafe in Van Nuys, lunch at Lovi’s Cafe in Calabasas, and diner at Tra di Noi in Cross Creek or Neptune’s Net in Malibu. There’s a slight theme, Malibu, where we have close friends and fellowshipped at a church for 6 years. If our friends want to shop it’s the tour de force and we’ll power through the Art district, Abbot Kinney Blvd, Silver Lake, Atwater Village and 3rd Street Promenade before I take them directly to Shinobi’s or Douglas Fir to see my collection of bags. If we head south, I’m a fan of Long beach (went to fashion college there in the early 80’s) and every beach stop along the coast till we hit San Diego. My nightlife days are few and far between but my daughters insist we chill at “Good Times at Davey Wayne’s”. L.A. has the best people, the best house parties, cook outs, Food trucks in every part of town and amazing people to serve you and your guests! Good energy attracts great people and LA hosts the best environment a post pandemic city will ever have; thanks to beaches, a patio culture and always good, good, good, good vibrations! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dr Bill Bennot, Bryce Medd, Suzanne Tipton and Amy Reding; all are in various stages of battling that awful scourge called cancer. Each one has had a profound impact on my life, marked by the relationships they keep, the faith they demonstrate daily and their courage in refusing to give in to this relentless disease. “Live like you are dying!”