Two MTSU student entrepreneurs have life after graduation all figured out. Theyâ€™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 â€” avid concert goers who love to check out new talent on the weekends â€” Kaylor began Kaylor Girl Promotions in 2008.
â€œWe 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,â€ Kaylor says. â€œWe have been over the talent portion of festivals â€” booking, set up, sound, everything.â€
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 â€“ usually by choreographing dance moves to fit the songs that bands were playing and to get fans to join in.
â€œI 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.â€
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.
â€œWe keep an up to date website of events throughout the Southeast, artist profiles, places to book, CD reviews, and blogs,â€ Kaylor says. â€œWe have 12 girls currently, all featured on our website, and located in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. We are always looking to expand.â€
Kaylor credits part of her success in the music industry to her experience with MTSUâ€™s Recording Industry program.
â€œI 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.â€
Kaylor plans to continue improving her education, and keeping Kaylor Girl Productions successfully thriving in the music industry.
â€œI 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.â€