With Changes In The Music Industry, Kelly Lynn Jackson Used Networking Skill To Forge A New Path
Welcome to our column, Reset. Written by Karen Taylor Bass, this column, published each Tuesday, is about life lessons learned and mastered mentally, spiritually, and physically and how they contribute to a successful life and career.
Let’s face it: there are many who have not mastered the art of networking. According to Webster’s Dictionary, networking is the act of building “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.” Real talk, networking is working a room, staying in contact with people, and making memorable impressions where you are kept in mind for opportunities.
Upon her arrival to New York, from Flint, Michigan, Kelly Lynn Jackson landed internships through networking with major companies like RCA Records, EMI and Columbia Records, back in the music industry’s heydays.
Jackson worked at StepSon Entertainment, a record label created by marketing genius, Bill Stephney. His eclectic roster of clients has included reggae artist Buju Banton and comic/screenwriter Paul Mooney (who has written for Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and a couple of Wayans brothers). Jackson credits StepSon with teaching her the entertainment business and the art of networking and reinventing. She saw firsthand the changes in the music industry with the rise of technology and music downloading, which has led to anemic sales and massive layoffs. Kelly Lynn Jackson among them.
“The music industry was not healthy in the early 2000s. I saw many people I admired lose jobs, homes, self, and had challenges finding jobs because they were not accepting the change. I had to do something and decided to go back to school and press reset,” she told us
I recently chatted with Jackson, now the supervising producer for SiriusXM’s Shade 45 show “Sway in the Morning,” about how she pressed RESET in her career.