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At the Height of the Recession, This Entrepreneur Struck Out on Her Own. 10 Years Later? She's Still Going Strong, With Clients Like Google and Coca-Cola.

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25.06.2019

In 2009, music producer Kelly Bayett was in the midst of a divorce, raising two young kids and overdue for a raise after three years. She was also starting to wonder if she could do a better job leading than the people she was working under.

So she paused to think things through. And, her thinking was that if she got the raise, that would be a sign that she should stay. But if she didn't, it was time to reconsider what she really wanted out of her career. She made the ask, and her bosses, citing the recession, said sorry, no.

That's how Bayett left that job and co-founded her Los Angeles-based music and sound company Barking Owl. “I really had nothing to lose. I had no money. I had a divorce. I had two little kids and I just had to figure something out," she told Entrepreneur. "And so I opened the business in my house. I didn’t have a reel. I had to just go to people and find a way to be involved on jobs without showing any work.

"And it was definitely a hustle. And it was a really interesting time because I had to be so resourceful.”

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