We had the good fortune of connecting with MAYLYN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MAYLYN, what role has risk played in your life or career?
To be so honest, my whole career thus far can be summarized as a cluster of risks. But, I should add, all the risks I have taken have been combined with a lot of faith. I feel like risk taking takes practice. You have to train yourself to be the type person who would step out and be vulnerable- even if only for a second. I was a new kid at my middle school, had never sung in public before, but still decided to sing at the school’s talent show. While this was a baby step, I was training myself to be willing to look like a fool, if that’s what it took, to get closer to my dream. I’ve auditioned for countless competitions (many of which I never made it past the 1st cut), I’ve stopped music industry professionals in parking lots and pitched myself, I’ve jumped in recording booths saying “I’ve never done this before but let’s try this”, and I’ve taken dance classes and performed horribly embarrassing shows (because ya girl just can’t dance). But I’m okay with taking these risks and sometimes falling flat on my face. Because sometimes, the risks go your way – and that’s what makes all the difference.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve found that you can ask just about anyone and, if you can dig enough, you’ll find what they consider to be their calling in life. My calling in life is music. For a lot of my life so far, I knew this deep down but didn’t know how to turn that into a career. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have any personal examples of neighbors or friends becoming pop artists! But when you set out to be something that most people are not, you have to be willing to do things that others are not. I had to, and still have to, face uncomfortable and scary situations face on. Being a Mississippi born and Alabama raised girl and deciding to live in LA alone for months at a time was very nerve wracking at first! Being willing to try any awkward tasks (like attempting to make tik toks for the first time) or jumping into intimidating songwriting sessions and “faking it till you make it” can definitely be cause for some anxiety and butterflies. But if all the challenging or super awkward moments are the cost, I’m okay with paying up. I guess when you know you’re pursuing your calling, you can dig a little deeper and find more drive than you ever knew you had.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I wish I had suggestions! Truth be told- when I have a friend visit, I never know where to take them. I normally just stick to the places I can walk to from my house in Nashville – “neighbors of sylvan park” and “cafe nonnas”
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It should be noted, no one can be truly successful without the help and input from others. Had my mother not driven me the 4 hour round tip to Nashville every week when I was 16, I wouldn’t have made the connections that have brought me to where I am now. Had my publisher (Purplebeat) and management (Major Bob and Associates) not taken me on as a developing artist, I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am today and have the trajectory that I do.
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