Succeeding in the music business is tough. There’s more competitors, more challenges, and more opportunities to quit than almost any other industry. So, when someone not only gets cut-through, but then carves out a stellar long term career in music it’s time to take note. We caught up with the multitalented Kylie Olsson to discover how to stay strong in the face of a series of “no’s”.
Name: Kylie Olsson
Location: New York, Las Vegas, LA, London in the past couple weeks!
What’s your story?
I’m a TV Presenter and producer, published author and Music Journalist specialising in rock music!
I’ve been doing this for over 10 years now and have worked for SKY Arts, MTV in the US, VH1, Universal and Warner Music and have also worked directly with bands such as The Rolling Stones, KISS and Def Leppard.
My two books are called The Art of Metal and Rock, A Life Story and I’ve written for Classic Rock Magazine and AOR Magazine.
As well as this I’ve done a bit of radio and was over at Planet Rock and Team Rock Radio for a while.
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What is the toughest adversity you’ve faced on your journey to living your best life, and how did you overcome this?
I started my career in the more pop and showbiz vein working for Global Radio but always loved rock music and it took me a long while to be taken seriously with the certain rock press and radio so I really had to work hard at proving I knew my shit.
That has been tough at times as I‘ve known I could do a job, but then I’d see ‘the boys’ always getting the jobs I wanted – that has been tough but what I’ve learnt from that is you have to have selective hearing – If you listen to everything bad people say about you then it will only drag you down and secondly I’ve learnt how to dust myself off and carry on fighting…
What’s your goal for the next chapter?
My next goal is to start directing more. I directed and presented a series for U Discover Music, which was shot from Abbey Road Studios and that made me realise how much I enjoyed directing session, but my next move is to direct a music documentary and I have a couple in the pipeline so watch this space!
Another thing which is close to my heart is what we are doing to our planet so I’ve started making some personal changes – like not using single use plastic, less food waste and changing my electricity to green. However, I’m in talks at the moment about making a TV series which combines this with my passion – music!
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