UGQ Edition – Underground Queen: Myshel Wilkins

Kicking off our Underground Queens musician edition is Kentucky’s own Myshel Wilkins. Myshel’s voice has a tone that will run deep into your veins and touch the center of your heart and soul. This former Miss Tennessee State University honed her artistry on a world stage filled with culture while traveling with her missionary father to Trinidad, Tobago, El Salvador, Venezuela, Johannesburg and her mother’s homeland of Ghana.

MYSHEL WILKINS – SINGER AND SONG WRITER

I got a chance to interview Myshel to find out more info about her music. You can access our interview by scrolling below.

Profile:

Name: Myshel Wilkins (formerly Michelle Robinson – Miss Tennessee State University, 1999-2000)
Hometown: Frankfort, KY
Style of Music: Urban Pop
Musical Influences: Whitney Houston, Celine Dion
Website: www.myshelmusic.com

What inspired you to become an entertainer and tell us a little bit about the type of music you provide

Myshel: My inspirations come from several places. I grew up around a few singers that I would watch and admire from a far. I found myself trying to emulate them as well as the singers I would watch on television. Whitney Houston was the main vocalist that I was plumb crazy about. Celine Dion was my number two and many others from different genres.

Singing captivated me. It was one of the most amazing ways to create art. I had always wanted to be a singer, but when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, a “Singer” was never praised as much as a Doctor, Lawyer or Teacher.  Mainly because you see the hundreds of musicians that make it, but never see the hundreds of thousands that don’t. The chances of me really becoming a singer in the minds of those who heard my answer, seemed very slim.

Yet I knew what was in my heart, a fire that would not go out no matter how long it took or who came and went, it remained. That’s how I knew this was my destiny. I began to practice learning my own voice as well as studying other singers, but had NO idea how I was going to get into the business. It just seemed impossible without the right connections.

Next thing I know, I get a call to sing background for my good friend Mandisa Hundley from American Idol, then to audition for another artist, then another and the calls kept coming! I’ve toured and sung background for several Grammy nominated and award winning artists like Tamia, TobyMac, Kelly Price and a few others!

My musical style is Urban Pop.  It’s radio friendly/mainstream music with an honest message. This is what I gravitate to. Looking back I stressed about how to get in and before I could realize what happened, I was in it!  I made the most out of every opportunity and every relationship knowing that one day, I just might need to call upon a few favors and it’s paying off!

What sacrifices did you have to make to get to this point and how have those sacrifices benefited you thus far? 

Myshel: Lots of sacrifices have been made. Having to be away from family especially during holidays and special celebrations due to shows and meetings are always difficult for me. It’s a lot of hard work to record and market an album and it requires A LOT of your time. So there is not a lot of going out and kicking it with friends. I’m either resting or working.

The ultimate sacrifice thus far was when my sweetheart took a job in another state for two years just so I would not have to get a 9 to 5 job that would’ve made it impossible for me to tour and record.

MYSHEL AND HER HUSBAND MICHAEL

What makes your music unique and what do you want your listeners to get from it?

Myshel: I believe that I am unique because I chose ME! Out of all the “other” people I could attempt to emulate and copy, I chose to take the time to learn Me. Who I am, why I am here, my passions, my strengths and weaknesses are not automatic just because I am me. I had to turn down all the noise of countless suggestions to be something other that myself. I chose to shine as my original design, what ever I create follows.

These songs are from my heart. It is meant for who ever can relate to the message. This is my focus. I can sleep at night knowing I have truly gave myself to my art and it’s for who it’s for. My music is unique because it comes from one who is proudly unique. I want the listener to consider their life, consider others, consider God, and to stop being afraid to love again. I want them to NEVER give up and heal from past pains deep within. This is my reason for singing.

Now That’s RIVETING!!

 

When it comes to high quality video production with a fresh cinematic feel, A-list entertainers, record companies and commercial retailers are seeking the services of RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT! The production company was founded in 2008 by entrepreneurs Andrew Listermann and his wife Emerald Listermann.

ANDREW LISTERMANN FOUNDER AND CEO OF RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT

In only four years RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT has managed to become one of the most sought after media production company’s due to its incredibly gifted team members and its state-of-the-art video production.

Before we get into our interview with Andrew, check out this awesome video featuring some of your favorite music videos that were produced by RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT. This my friends is RIVETING! 


What inspired you to start RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT?

Andrew:  I have always had a passion for being my own boss. Riveting came naturally as I was working in production under the control of other peoples companies. Nothing, in my opinion, was as smooth as it could be. Payroll was late, crew were unhappy, etc. I felt a lot of things were out of my control because I didn’t own my own production company.

After a few jobs like this I knew things needed to change so I talked to my girlfriend (now wife), Emerald Listermann who is a Finance and Accountant major, about me wanting to open up a production company.

After a few business discussions and me brainstorming names, RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT came to life naturally. Since the founding of our company, our focus has been 100 percent RIVETING and I have not produced a job for an outside company in five years.

ANDREW AND HIS WIFE / BUSINESS PARTNER EMERALD ON THE SET AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SHOOTING CHRIS BROWN’S VIDEO FOR “YEAH 3X” *CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO*

Your company has worked with some amazing talent and your work is flawless! What makes RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT unique and different compared to other productions companies that exist?

Andrew:  Flawless? Thanks!! It’s fun to hear such great feedback. We have been blessed to produce for some amazing talent, both on screen and behind the camera. I think what makes us unique is the fact that we operate like a true team and family.

We have each other’s backs and we are all committed to the same goals; to put out the best work possible, keep our reputation amazing with clients and to make money while doing what we love.

ANDREW AND DIDDY ON THE SET OF “YESTERDAY” *CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO*

DIRECTOR COLIN TILLEY, CHRIS BROWN, AND ANDREW ON THE SET OF “NO BS” *CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO*

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced getting RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT started and how did you manage to overcome those challenges?

Andrew:  As I mentioned above, RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT was started by my wife and I back in 2008. We had no investors and we had to self-finance everything from the start. That’s tough for anyone that owns a production company. On any given job you have to float 25 percent to 50 percent of the total budget until you deliver the video. You don’t get paid until a week or two later.

When you produce two to five jobs a month, the amount of money you float adds up quickly! A big part of how we survived is by paying ourselves last and flawless accounting. Normally, we won’t pay ourselves until a few weeks to a month after the job is fully delivered.

Luckily, after five years of successful operation and not one bounced check, we are able to comfortably take on bigger jobs and in turn float larger amounts of money as needed. The finance aspect was probably the biggest challenge someone might not know unless they are in this industry.

The obvious challenge is gaining the respect of the important people in your field like record labels, manager, artists, and directors. There is a lot of competition in this industry so you have to stay on top of your business to make sure everyone knows you are 100 percent for real and can be trusted.

Luckily, after a year or two of being in business, our client base quickly grew and now we are blessed to be trusted by every major record label and pretty close to every A-LIST music artists as well as new upcoming talents.

MEET THE DIRECTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE VIDEOS PRODUCED BY RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT!*CLICK HERE*

Is there a certain book, movie or song that inspires your work?

 Andrew: I personally love reading books that inspire me and teach me how to grow as an entrepreneur and CEO. Right now, I have been reading a lot of Donald Trump books. The most recent book I finished is Donald Trump’s “Think Big.”

I also really liked what I learned in “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene. Another good book is “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.

A ton of music inspires me. Different genres inspire me for different things in life. ColdPlay inspires me to be creative. Joshua Radin inspires me to be romantic. Jay-Z inspires me to make money. There are other artists that inspire me, but those are just examples that come to mind right away.

What would you say are the top three skills you have that have contributed to your success?

Andrew: Easy answer: (1) Motivation – I don’t know anyone in my industry that is more motivated than I am. Honest truth. (2) Passion – I am passionate about everything that I decide to do. My peers and friends can contest that sometimes I’m almost too passionate. I want things to be perfect.  (3) Loyalty – one of the most important factors of success in my mind. I think that being loyal is what makes or breaks some people in world of success. I am extremely loyal to those that are loyal to me and give me 100 percent.

ANDREW ON THE SET OF REEBOK’S CAMPAIGN IN LONDON

I have to add a fourth skill that has helped me so much which is my ability to Focus. My focus is intense. I see things from start to finish and I keep my eye on the end result. Due to my focus, I am able to work through stressful situations and problems that most would run from. Motivation, passion, loyalty and focus have been huge factors that continue to contribute to my success.

If you could go back and do one thing over, as it pertains to starting your business, what would it be?

Andrew: As I mentioned above, one thing that is very important to me is loyalty. If I could go back and do one thing over, it would be to make sure to only invest my time, energy and finances into people that are loyal.

There are a lot of un-loyal people in this industry and I have run into a few that have burned me by not treating me and my companies with the same loyalty that we gave them.

In return, I wasted energy, money and most importantly my time. But, karma is real and loyalty is a huge factor. Moving forward, I have learned to make loyalty a priority for those that I allow close to me.

What do you luv most about entrepreneurship?

 Andrew: The freedom to make and be responsible for my own decisions. If I mess up, it’s on me, but if I do something right, sky is the limit and it feels great!

 Do you offer any career or internship opportunities?

Andrew: Yes, almost everyone that works full time at my companies have started as an intern and moved their way up. We have a great system in place for training people the “RIVETING ways” and giving people opportunities.

It is that persons responsibility to work hard, obtain the knowledge and remain loyal to the company. If they do those things correctly, they have a lot of opportunity to grow within my companies.

**CLICK HERE**

How does RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT SpreadLuv?

Andrew: We spread love by keeping things positive, helping others get their careers started, donating to several charities every month and by promoting this interview once it releases  :) Please  be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and videos from RIVETING ENTERTAINMENT!