MN: Was your childhood dream to be a manager and work in entertainment?
YS: Not at all, never in a million years did I think I would be doing what I’m currently doing. I went to Howard University for my undergrad with the intent of going to law school afterwards.
MN: Well, how did you get into the entertainment business?
YS: In 2002, while studying for the LSAT’s I went to visit a friend who was working at Violator Records & Managment. While sitting in the lobby, I saw Busta Rhymes and some other famous musicians walk through and thought ‘wow, how cool would it be to work here’. So, I sparked up a conversation with the receptionist and inquired if they had a legal department since my interest was in law. Of course they did, so I gave her my resume to consider for an internship, but no positions were available. I was so eager and tenacious to get in the building, that I called everyday for about 2 months to follow up.
MN: Wow, that was ambitious of you!
YS: Yes, and it eventually paid off. A position finally opened up, just not in legal. I interviewed to be the intern to the CEO’s assistant. I interned for about 8 months learning every aspect of management and I fell in love. When it was time to leave for law school, I decided to stay at Violator because I was so engulfed and enthralled with everything that was going on in management and how my position was growing. I busted my butt at Violator and kept getting promoted until I decided to leave and start a business of my own.
MN: What business did you start on your own?
YS: I became partners with Mona Scott Young (who is the producer of Love & Hip-Hop) at Monami Entertainment. Through Monami Entertainment, I managed Busta Rhymes, Missy Eilliot, Toccara Jones. I also have my own personal management company called ‘Simply Unique Management’, where I manage Jim Jones and other artists.
MN: You sure are busy! Being an established business women, why did you decide to be a part of Love & Hip-Hop?
YS: I recently launched a jewelry line and online magazine, ‘ Everything Girls Love ‘ and thought the show would be a good way to promote my new venture. I wear something from my line during every episode and millions of people see it. It’s basically free advertising and publicity, thanks to Vh1!
MN: Smart move! Will you return to Love & Hip-Hop for a season 3?
YS: I’ll definitely be involved somehow, even if it’s on the production side of things. I have no idea if I’ll be on camera. I really love being behind the scenes, but I set no limitations for myself, because I truly believe sky is the limit. As long as the show continues to promote my brand and keeps my integrity and morale, I’m willing to do it!
MN: What advice would you give any young women wanting to break into the entertainment business:
YS: Hustle HARD!! Seriously, be prepared to put in a lot of time, network as much as possible and be a genuine hard-worker. Don’t ever lose your integrity, be sure to always stand your ground, don’t fall for anything. I know it sounds cliche, but if you stick to those simple, yet fundamental rules I keep…Sky is the Limit!!
MN: Thanks for your time and advice, we hope you see more of you outside of reality TV, in much more positive light!
YS: Count on it!
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