Two MTSU student entrepreneurs have life after graduation all figured out. They’ll hire themselves full-time. by Kourtney Hanna
As a junior Recording Industry student studying in the area of Music Business with a minor in Entrepreneurship, Mary Ann Kaylor has already made a name for herself in her chosen industry. Along with her two sisters — avid concert goers who love to check out new talent on the weekends — Kaylor began Kaylor Girl Promotions in 2008.
“We provide a professional level street team for artists currently but not limited to the country and rock genres. We also specialize in Merchandise Sales and promoting events,” Kaylor says. “We have been over the talent portion of festivals — booking, set up, sound, everything.”
As regulars on the music scene in Auburn, Alabama, the girls built connections in the local music industry and began to get hired to help rev up crowds during shows – usually by choreographing dance moves to fit the songs that bands were playing and to get fans to join in.
“I went to as many shows as possible and got my friends to attend. I started to build relationships with bar owners, radio station owners, bands, and loyal fans. I got their feedback and started to help out.”
Friends of the sisters have now joined the group, and their services keep expanding. As CEO of Kaylor Girl Productions, Kaylor is excited about the growth of her family business.
“We keep an up to date website of events throughout the Southeast, artist profiles, places to book, CD reviews, and blogs,” Kaylor says. “We have 12 girls currently, all featured on our website, and located in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. We are always looking to expand.”
Kaylor credits part of her success in the music industry to her experience with MTSU’s Recording Industry program.
“I think that my college education over the years has helped in the correct development of Kaylor Girl Promotions. I do feel that MTSU has provided the greatest opportunities for us with the Recording Industry and business program.”
Kaylor plans to continue improving her education, and keeping Kaylor Girl Productions successfully thriving in the music industry.
“I think this business will always be a big part of my life. I hope that it continues to grow and help artists obtain their dreams while giving fans a great experience at shows.”