Celebrating 15 years---Maylay
Entertainment (ME) – Reflections from the owner. Youlanda Burnett - We were trying to build an empire long
Entertainment celebrates 15 years of TV & music. It has lasted through two husbands, seven acts,
and lots of family drama. It has turned out to be much more than just an Indie label. It has been a teaching tool
of life lessons, some were easy, but more often than not, they were hard. I started ME because I wanted to put a name with some of the things I was doing. I was
doing a talk show, hosting an open mic , producing my cd and I had a thriving karaoke/dj business with my then husband.
Therefore, I came up with Maylay Entertainment. Why did you name your company Maylay? Someone
once asked me. It doesn’t seem to have a lot of maylay surrounding it. It was actually named after
someone in my family Malaysia, shorten it’s Maylay. Maylay would eventually go in an entirely new direction
when one of my sons brought a beat machine and started making beats, and writing songs. The first rap group associated
with ME was formed, CBC. They performed and promoted shows throughout the Chicago land area. They received
some local and international radio play but never quite got off the ground.
At one point ME had
seven acts on its roster, constantly pumping out music and looking for avenues to promote it. As with any Indie label
the music mountain is much harder to climb if you don’t have the finances to back it up. Having good music wasn’t
enough, even though I was naive to think so. Eventually everyone would go his or her separate ways because
of many reasons. I was left with over two hundred songs in my library including mine, so all is not lost.
As with any company with
determination the fact that people left ME did not stop us. I had to find a “backdoor”, a way to
get my music exposed. That “backdoor” would be The Indie Music Video Show. In co-creating
TIMVS I quickly learned there are lots of artist who want their music appreciated heard and seen. We put
a call out for videos and now have over two hundred & fifty video submissions for the show and the library
is still growing. Even though Maylay Entertainment is nowhere I would like it to be, I know that I can still get
there. With some people and without some people, it doesn’t matter to me at this point. The one thing we
should always do in life, is make the best decisions for our lives and not others. Life is too short, I realized
this more intimately over the last few months. I love this company and I love the entertainment business. I am excited about the possibilities it brings in
the future. As I look back, perhaps I believed more in other people than myself, so be it, that’s what it
was. However, I will not stop and I will not give up, God has a plan for my life and it is awesome! I find
it funny, the very person who stated it all is the one who never left—me.
Just a footnote: As I was driving, the other day tears came
to my eyes. I realized the reason I started this business is not the same reason I will continue. I found my reason
to keep going, in spite of the no’s and nay-sayers. What’s your reason, I dare you to find it or it just
may find you. God bless and keep dreaming.
Burnett – CEO - Founder
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