In a world where the entertainment industry is often seen as a realm of glitz and glamour, Missouri State University graduate student Tylea Wilson is emerging as a dynamic force committed to making a lasting impact.
Her goal is to reshape the narrative of the entertainment world.
A one-of-a-kind opportunity
Wilson’s preparation for a career in the music industry recently got a big boost when she was selected for the 2023-24 Next Gem Femme Mentorship program with Live Nation Entertainment. Next Gem Femme is a mentorship program aimed at accelerating career opportunities and trajectories of young women of color.
Earlier this month, Wilson received yet another accolade – the 2023 Femme It Future Scholarship. This is the first scholarship since the launch of the mentorship program. More than just a financial award, the scholarship recognizes Wilson’s potential to shape the future of the entertainment industry.
She was one of five recipients of the scholarship, made possible through a partnership between Google Pixel and Femme It Forward.
“I’m grateful they’re investing in women music executives of the next generation,” she said.
A vision for the future
Wilson, who’s from St. Louis, Missouri, desires to maximize the opportunities she has been given and hopes to pay it forward to others in the future.
“Entertainment has always played a vital role in my life,” Wilson said. “Getting into entertainment management helped me find my purpose in life. I want to give back by providing others with the opportunity for the music business to save their lives the way it saved mine.”
Wilson’s career foundation is built on diverse experiences from CAA Music, Femme It Forward, Paramount, Women in Music and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She believes her strengths include creating memorable experiences, connecting the dots with intention, discovering talent and developing it to its full potential.
A champion for diversity and inclusion
Besides a focus on advancing her career, Wilson’s on a mission to elevate diversity and inclusion in the music industry and Hollywood.
“I plan to do this by shaping narratives, challenging societal norms, and uniting and representing people from diverse backgrounds,” she said.
“The lack of representation is particularly evident in the popular music genres I desire to work in, such as hip-hop, R&B, rap and electronic music. I strive to recognize and maximize the talent and creativity present in these communities, providing equal opportunities for aspiring artists.”