Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Taylor Jordan.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Megan Taylor. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It’s interesting…the moments in life that define who you are, are rarely the “big days” – the days that you’ve been waiting for your whole life. The moments in life that lay the foundation for who you have the potential to become are often times found in the monotony of everyday life.
They’re the projects or hobbies you do when you’re procrastinating or the song you can’t seem to turn off – those small moments reveal more about who you are than anything else. Over time, I’ve learned to follow those moments and let them lead me to what’s next…This is how The Village was born.
I’ve always been someone who’s enjoyed the stillness of early mornings, so it makes sense that my journey began within an accumulation of those unassuming, little morning moments…up before the birds and situated in front of the television before 6:00AM, I found the only station that made waking up that early in the morning bearable: MTV. The year is 2008 and the words MTV and music are still synonymous. In my morning routine, it was just me, the music, and the quiet. This subtle intimacy made everything become tangible; I could feel the weight of the lyrics and hold the feelings behind every track. It was in these moments where I realized that music was more than just catchy melodies and a nice beat. I realized the power it held and the gift it had become.
As I moved through life, my passion for music was constantly growing and reshaping itself across different genres and fields. In high school, when I discovered my favorite hobby of looking through all the music outlets to find new and dope artists could be turned into a career that encompasses that and so much more, I knew I had to do everything possible to make that happen.
I always knew that I wanted to build a music company that not only kept the power in the artist’s hands but was also run by people who were passionate about music, rejuvenating this industry, and finding their place in the midst of it all. After months of building relationships with the artists I had in mind, fostering connections with people I knew would be able to see and execute the vision, and personifying the process of trial and error, The Village was born.
However, I was torn between two lives: do I follow the path my parents laid out for me or do I invest in myself and follow my dreams? This question followed me like a shadow throughout my time at Pepperdine University, countless internships, and well into my first semester of law school. I knew that going to law school and concentrating on entertainment and music law would give me a solid foundation to navigate the business end of the music industry, but I wasn’t prepared for how it would isolate me from the music. Living without something that had become a major piece of my life was beginning to change me in ways I knew I would regret. It was in this moment where I realized my path and it became my mission to turn my dorm room dreams into reality…so two months into my first year of law school I got to work.
Has it been a smooth road?
Living a double life is not as glamorous as it seems…especially when your day time hustle is law school. The first year of law school is not something you do on a whim – it’s all-consuming, draining, and stressful beyond words. In other words, I picked the worst possible time to start putting actions behind my dreams, but when you believe you can more than you think you can’t anything is possible.
Here’s a quick rundown of my weekday schedule:
7:30AM – wake up, shower, and eat breakfast (I’m normally rushing to class, so breakfast was few and far between)
8:30AM-3:30PM – I have class, so you’d probably find me in either contract, civil procedure, property, or copyright law.
3:30PM-8:00PM – This is the time I dedicated to everything school related whether that be studying, office hours or homework.
8:30-2AM – This is when my day really begins. Any and everything music related happens during this time: studio sessions, rehearsals, shows or meetings.
Trying to find the balance between the duality I was living in was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to do. I decided to dedicate myself to two major commitments and that left little room for anything else. That level of sacrifice showed me that if I want it, the moon and the stars could be mine…but it also exposed my shortcomings.
Starting this journey forced me to realize that taking breaks to take of yourself is not a weakness, it’s a strength. I had to start allowing myself the same room to develop that I give my artists. I also had to realize that timing is everything and God’s timing is never wrong.
In theory, putting these concepts into practice sounds like an easy feat, but I spend a lot of time meditating and intentionally manifesting things into existence. When you spend too much time focusing on the future, it’s easy to get frustrated when your reality and your dreams aren’t reflecting the same thing. I learned that manifesting the next steps in your journey instead of the end goal can completely change your perspective.
Please tell us about The Village Music Group.
The phrase “It takes a village” doesn’t just apply to raising children – it’s bigger than that. To me, it includes the network of people you collect to navigate through life, reach your goals, and make your dreams come true. Nobody can do it alone; you need people, you need a home base, you need a support system that you can count on to keep you grounded, centered, and focused on who you are, what you’re capable of, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there. You need to be confident that the people around you are focused on pushing you towards your potential – this is where The Village comes in.
The Village has two parts. On one spectrum, we’re an independent record label that seeks to provide a platform, an outlet, and a support system for the artists to create and release their art in a space where they feel comfortable and confident because everyone involved is doing everything they can to bring their vision to life. On the other side, we’re people dedicated to the advancement of our community.
We’re currently working with two artists, Reggie Becton, and Juan Miguel. Reggie is currently in the midst of a promo tour performing at intimate venues across Los Angeles while also working on the follow-up to his debut EP, Phases, which came out this October. Juan Miguel is a new R&B artist who’s currently working on his highly anticipated debut EP which is set to release this Fall. We are building a community of people who are dedicated to artistry and creating our own opportunities.
At its core, The Village is community-based. The idea is to use the resources you have to transform the reality of those you believe in. For us, that means creating safe spaces for the network of people surrounding us. In phase two, we plan to begin introducing businesses that cultivate the community through outreach programs and other businesses that enhance the community.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
ABSOLUTELY!!! Los Angeles is a hub for creatives of almost every industry. It’s interesting because I was just having this conversation with a friend of mine…if you have the opportunity to work in a location that specializes in what you do – take it.
There’s always the appeal of staying where you’re from and being a hometown hero because you “made it” while staying grounded in your roots, but as my grandmother says – there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Making the decision to move to LA or start your business here should be more than a business move. This is a city that offers unyielding knowledge in any field you can think of – starting a business here should be about mastering your craft by gaining as much knowledge as you can whether it’s through finding a mentor, networking, or taking classes. Allow this place to feed your artistry by giving yourself the time and space to develop.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about the 10,000 hours rule which essentially says that in order to be an expert at something, you have to spend at least 10,000 hours doing it. Los Angeles is a place that gives you ample opportunities to dedicate to bettering your craft and building your brand. If you spend just as much time learning about your field as you do working in your field, then you’ve moved to LA and placed yourself in the position where the only place you can go is up.
Long story short, I definitely recommend starting any entertainment based business here as long as you take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and insight this city has to offer in conjunction with the wide range of opportunities that will present themselves to you.
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