My biggest advice is to keep moving forward. Just always keep moving regardless of how hard it may become or what anybody tries to tell you. You can fail and get disliked for doing what you hate. So you might as well do what you love. Fly. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk, If you can’t walk, crawl. No matter what, you just keep pushing forward and never give up.”

Check out the interview with Collin Kozola exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

SKILLY: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
CK: I started singing when I was three years old. Started taking singing seriously as a career when I was 13. I started posting on Youtube, performing in bars, restaurants and pretty much anywhere I could to get in front of people. In 2014, I was invited to perform on an anti-bully tour. Performing in front of students and talking about my own personal experience with bullying. This put me in a position to be able to perform in front of a lot of fans and radio stations and it definitely convinced me that this who I was meant to be. When the tour ended I wanted to start making my own original music for people to check out so I just got to writing and have been doing it ever since. Working day in and day out every single day to get my craft and music close to perfection as possible. Looking to take over and make my mark in the world.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
My biggest advice is to keep moving forward. Just always keep moving regardless of how hard it may become or what anybody tries to tell you. You can fail and get disliked for doing what you hate. So you might as well do what you love. Fly. If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk, If you can’t walk, crawl. No matter what, you just keep pushing forward and never give up.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
The hardest challenge I would have to say always trying to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way to promote my music is to get everyone I can to share it on their social media.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I live in a suburb of Naperville, which is a city just outside of Chicago. The fans are absolutely incredible and supportive.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully doing more performances and getting more recognized. I’m looking to take over and be the best and I won’t stop until I do.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations are Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Conor McGregor. Those guys are absolute geniuses in their craft, disregard what the haters have to say and just keep making history. I’d love to be able to work with Chris or Justin in the future and meet Conor. I also look up to my brother who is a professional MMA fighter currently fighting for Bellator.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music that is coming out today is definitely something new. I like the type of sound we got for music right now. Although when it comes to rap/hip-hop, The rappers coming out now just sound too much alike and it’s more about making something catchy rather than making good lyrics. I have my favorites when it comes to the rap game but music is always evolving and changing. That’s how we keep music alive.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
Everyone can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @collinkozola, Facebook @collinkozolaofficial. Snapchat @collinkozola7.