We had the good fortune of connecting with Yulissa Delgado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yulissa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk-taking: What’s your thoughts on takin risks? What role does risk taking play in your life/career?
Risk has played an enormous part in my personal growth and career. Yet before we get into my love/hate relationship with “risk,” let’s define it: Risk: a situation involving exposure to danger.
Risk has always been an integral part of my life, but it wasn’t until college that I was faced with the tough decisions to take on an uncertain opportunity or stay with what’s comfortable. I choose the path that made me the most uncomfortable. Did I get burned? Absolutely. But I took those as a lesson, learned from them, and used that to grow. The motivation for me was the end goal and fulfilling what I ultimately knew I was capable of.
I believe I’m always in “sink or swim” mode; sometimes, I wish I can ease into things, but that never really works out for me. The truth is, risk-takers change the world, they shape and shift the culture, and they earn the life they want to live. Unfortunately, I believe most people make choices based on fear and not striving towards their goals. The keywords in the previous statement are “most people,” and it took me some time to understand I am not most people.
The financial, emotional, and social risk I have taken to build a platform to share our stories and showcase my personality has been one of the most significant risks of them all. Yet, I knew my purpose and never wanted to play a smaller role than I was called for. Therefore, all my risks made sense, maybe not in the moment but within time.
The universe has a sense of humor, and let me tell you why-
My first internship was at BET with Celeste Seda. I took a risk applying before time, and she took a chance believing in me. After that, I understood the power of networking. Honestly, my mouth and personality are too big to be placed in a corner, so I made it my personal business to be in every intern’s business. I would observe everyone, see where they lacked, what would overwhelm them, and I would make connections with their bosses and volunteered when I had free time. Of course, I risked not being liked by my peers, but I had to charge that to the game.
The power of networking and working a room brought me over to Sirius XM and in the same room with media journalist guru Sway Calloway. I knew I was talented, but the universe and God needed me to understand every ounce of the business to prepare for what was coming.
Through these experiences, I also had a mouth on me; the same mouth people adored me for was the same mouth that would later get me kicked out of the office and in front of my Program Director Reginald Hawkins. In true Yulissa nature, instead of repenting for my sin of big mouth syndrome, I asked to be challenged with more work, and that’s when I began building relationships with some of the biggest names in the industry. But, again, I took a risk by asking him to believe in my vision, and he believes in the results more than I do some days. So the rest of the story is still developing.
This life has taught me that there are no rewards without risk; many people maneuver on the fear-driven frequency. I didn’t want to fall into the statistic of “most people,” so shying away from risk was never an option for me. Instead, I’ve built my brand – my talk show, clothing line, events, and soon opening my own venue -and I am consistently revamping the vision because I constantly evolve and grow.
I hope you understand that we have a choice every day, and those choices breed success or failure.
PS- this may seem glamorized, but they are dark hours when taking risks, but if you believe you’re worth the gamble, the gamble you’re working for – it’s worth it, you’re worth it.
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.
I believe we all can do whatever we want in this life. I am not more special than anyone else; the difference is I listened to my heart’s desire, and I continue to perfect my craft. You can be naturally talented and lazy, but being naturally gifted, motivated, and disciplined is a different type of energy.
My brand “Transparent” is a platform I built in 2017; I began by interviewing my friends in 2017, recording these conversations in 2018. In 2021, I am interviewing billboard celebrities from Jack Harlow, Brent Faiyaz, Russ, and Wiz Khalifa. The idea has never changed; create a platform that highlights excellence, a platform where I celebrate the wins of my guest, where they can share their mindset and be unapologetically themselves.
The biggest hurdle I’ve faced has and will always be myself; it’s hard not to fall into the “comparison” game in a world where people share everything on social media. It is easy to compare yourself to your peers’ or other’s accomplishments, but the most valuable lesson was learning how to mind the business that matters the most – which will always be mine.
This year alone has taught me about self-care and how necessary it is to take care of your health, mind, body, and spirit. Taking time to experience life in the present moment is essential to pour back into your creativity. If you do not take care of your temple and prioritize your peace, the foundation of your business will crumble.
I am excited about the future because I understand the work I put in behind the scenes and the importance of creating your lane and staying in it. The future is what keeps me inspired and motivated.
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?
Since NJ raised me but NYC adopted me, let me give some of my favorite places in my stomping grounds. Every day we’re starting by exercising – I cannot miss my 7 am class with my trainer and ending every night with tea and binaural beats; it’s a frequency for healing.
Monday – We’re meditating because you need to reset and set the tone for the week, then we’re going to a cafe for a cute vegetarian-friendly meal; a place like Sugar Tree Cafe is always a vibe. Then, finally, we can end the day at the Edge.
Tuesday – We’re hitting Santiago Beer Garden in Harlem for a vibe and the bottomless happy hour. Probably catch up with local talent and support a poetry jam like the “Poet Tree” hosted by Hattress, and the mix always hits by DJ Phoneix.
Wednesday – I’m a lover of all things beautiful, so I love going to the Brooklyn Museum and any local art pop-ups. OH! We’re going to see live Jazz. I absolutely love live Jazz – I love a good jam session at Ginny’s Supper Club.
Thursday – Self Care Day – We have to stop by ” Claudia Talks” for manicures and pedicures- she’s the best in the tri-state. After, we’re going to visit BeautyChickk Studios- for facials and glam tips.
We’re having a Taco Tuesday Night at home – cooking for my loved ones is one of my many love languages. But, sometimes, the most significant memories are made at home – karaoke, tacos, and vibes are always a plus.
Friday- We’re going dancing – don’t ask me where just get dressed, and yes, heels are a requirement.
Saturday – We have to hit a rooftop; nice scenic views are my thing. My favorite rooftops are Magic Hour, Sandbar, WestLight; Catina is cute too ( honestly, any rooftop is my favorite).
Sunday – We’re going to brunch! Brunch culture in NYC is a religious practice. So if you’re brunching with me, we are going to Uptown NYC – take me to listen to trap music, afrobeats, bachata, reggaeton, and everything else in between. We also can’t leave without authentic Dominican food and purchasing a bottle of tequila at brunch, so – El Jefe, Sofrito, Made in Mexico, and anything else we stumble upon.
After the week we had, we need to recharge our skin with a face mask by Baddie Glow- you know I love nice glowy skin!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents- I am an “Hija de inmigrantes,” a child of immigrants that have sacrificed everything in their motherland to build a life in a foreign land. They have broken down barriers, walls, and doors so I can waltz through them. I owe them everything from my principles to all of my accomplishments. Thank you, Ma & Pa
Reginald Hawkins- A true Master Sergent in every aspect; thank you for believing in me, being so militant, and holding me accountable. You continue me to push towards greatness regards of how uncomfortable it may feel in the moment.
Kelly Jackson – You are the true Olivia Pope of this entire game. Thank you for everything you orchestrated behind the scenes. You are appreciated.
My Friends- You guys always show up and show out for me, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for always making me feel like a superstar, celebrating my wins, and understanding when I can’t make it.
My Supporters- You continue to support my dreams, invest in my projects, and I continue to raise the bar for you – thank you.
Hannaly, Elena, Aiven, Austin & Ace – You bring me the utmost joy in this lifetime; thank you for keeping my spirit young, allowing me to laugh and love. Thank You.
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