With Changes In The Music Industry, Kelly Lynn Jackson Used Networking Skill To Forge A New Path
MadameNoire: What was the first thing you did after getting laid off from the music industry?
Kelly Jackson: I moved back home to Flint, lived with parents, got my MBA, and decided to take the time off to learn and breathe.
MN: How could you afford going back to school?
KJ: When I got my undergraduate degree my parents blessed me with underwriting the cost as a gift. For my MBA, I got school and personal loans to get the degree. It was an investment in my future, having three letters behind my name and staying forever marketable.
MN: What made you want to press RESET?
KJ: Real simple: everything was changing in the music industry and my friends and I were competing for the same jobs. I wanted something more out of life than constantly interviewing for a gig…
The record companies were getting smaller and closing down. I knew that going back to school would allow me the opportunity to create and write a winning plan for my future. Also, I needed a break from the industry.
MN: What is the biggest lesson you learned while pressing RESET?
KJ: Many people define themselves in a career and I did not want this to be my story. I wanted to create a multi-dimensional brand for Kelly L. Jackson, which would be more entrepreneurial and allow me take control of my future.
MN: How did you score your current position as a supervising producer?
KJ: Networking. Sway Calloway and I met years ago when I was at StepSon Entertainment and he was at MTV creating a brand for himself as a host, journalist and speaker. Upon receiving my MBA, Sway brought me into Sirius Radio for a three-week stint to handle his day-to-day, which has now become a three-year working relationship, coupled with a management company we formed called, OverDelivered.
MN: What would you say to others wanting to press RESET and reinvent?
KJ: Never give up on your dreams as cliché as that sounds. It is hard competing with others/men, however stick to your guns, have a plan, and in time it will manifest. Also, never do anything just for the fame, do it because you can’t live without it and work hard.
Kelly L. Jackson’s RESET: Never be afraid to invest in yourself, your future and do what it takes to create a winning brand. Stay in touch with people, anticipate their needs, and show your work through action, not lip service.