Founder of Y’NEVANO
The sole purpose of Y’NEVANO is to encourage people to live a “regret-less” life.
Bio: New York City’s number one comedian. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Wali was and still is an accomplished drummer. Not only currently being a member of the Central Park Djembe drummers. Wali has played in R&B, Pop, Funk and Jazz bands. Wali toured with the award winning Lawrence Bagwell Gospel Choral before graduating High School. And he was the youngest to ever join the New England Jazz Society. After College, Wali was working on being the best Architect New England has ever known. But the calling for show business was too strong. He played in bands, did session work, but that wasn’t enough. He needed more.
Always having a keen sense of humor, his parents urged him to try stand-up comedy. His first time on stage Wali was convinced that he had bombed, but the manager paid him and asked him to come back every week as a featured act. Wali Collins has been going strong ever since. Wali moved to New York City to work on a show for Comedy Central called “Stand-up Stand-up”. He hosted the largest funniest, most varied collection of stand-up comedians in the world.
Founded in 2008, Y’NEVANO® is a motivating company. It reflects the powerful message behind the phrase, “you never know”.
The message is carried out through the book, clothing line, social networking, TV and radio shows and live events.
The company’s motto: The key to happiness is to live in Y’NEVANO!
So many times we hear people say, “Why didn’t try that?” or “I should’ve went for it.”
Or, “I always wondered what my life would’ve been like if…”
Y’NEVANO encourages you to go for any of your dreams, goals or desires. It’s not about succeeding or failing, it’s all about trying. That’s where the happiness is. It is in the TRY.
Interview with Wali Collins
Dhylles Davis: Who is Wali Collins?
Wali Collins: I am a human being who’s top priority is to be happy. My mind,body and spirit are always in check.
Dhylles: When did you realize you were born an accomplishment?
Wali: (I’m not sure if I understand that question But I’ll try to answer it best I can.) I believe just being born is an accomplishment. How or what you do with your life is the interesting thing. I knew I was something special or different from a very early age, like around 4 or 5 years old. I would ask questions that grown ups really didn’t know how to answer.
Dhylles: In what ways have you dealt with hurt and healing that has happened to you in life?
Wali: I believe that there is no such thing as bad or good. Good or bad is so subjective and objective. One man’s pain is another man’s pleasure. I believe that there is only “is”. Life events are always put before us, it is your choice to decide how you want to handle them.
For example, on February 17, 2015, my mother has passed on. Now is that bad news? For me, no. It is a life event that was placed before me only to learn. And what I took away from her passing is that I loved and appreciated her and my father (he passed in 2001) They did the best they could to raise me and teach me how to get along in this world. No one lives forever. And to think otherwise is stupidity. I learned that I must express my feelings to those I care about. So if or when I or they leave this planet, there is no doubt about my affections.
Dhylles: When did you decide to forgive yourself for mistakes and regrets?
Wali: When I decided to be happy for the rest of my life.
Dhylles: What do you still feel you need to work on within yourself?
Wali: I don’t see my life in terms of “what I need to work on”. Because that sounds to me like I’m saying, “What am I lacking?” I believe the universe is inside all of us. Everyday I wake up excited to all of the possibilities available to me. And say to myself, “What am I going to experience today?”
Dhylles: Thanks so much for such an enlightening and truly deep interview Wali. I am honored and humbled for the opportunity of interviewing you.
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