Why I chose a law degree for a career in the entertainment business

University of London graduate Jay Walia shows how creativity and tenacity, combined with a law degree, is a winning formula for a career in entertainment
Jay Walia, University of London law graduate and Malaysian recording artist
Jay Walia is taking the media world in Malaysia by storm
When someone from my field or any other field finds out about my law degree there’s often a big reaction, they don’t expect it!

February 2015 sees University of London law graduate Jay Walia, age 26, releasing his debut full-length album ‘Romantik Eklektik’ with Warner Music Malaysia.

“I've got a great team with me so I’m really excited. I feel this sense of pride, yet I'm nervous because it’s my life’s work and I've put everything I have in it. I have butterflies in my stomach but it’s good nerves, it’s anticipation nerves,” says Jay.

Jay won his first award in 2013 at the prestigious Shout! Awards. “To be awarded the best new artist title is one of the biggest things to happen to me thus far, I feel very blessed. I set out working on my second album right after.”

Jay is not only a singer, he is also a music producer and one of the hosts on a new daily entertainment talk show on Astro Vinmeen HD. He also acts in commercials and short films.

Jay set his mind on a music career from the age of 17 and has not stopped working towards that goal since. His parents insisted that he obtain a degree before he pursued a career in entertainment: “I'm glad I chose to study law as it fits into what I'm doing now,” Jay explains.

“As an independent recording artist I am not only the creative but also up until recently, was my own manager. I have a manager now but I'm still very hands on so, when it comes to contracts and terms, I still do oversee everything. My legal background has helped me make decisions and enter contracts fully aware of each parties’ obligations and liabilities without seeking help from a third party.

“My fellow artists do on occasion seek my help in clarifying their own contracts. While I may not be able to aid them in legal representation, I’m definitely able to translate and cut past the various legal jargon in a way that’s understandable to everyone. That’s definitely the benefit of being a law graduate. Also, I’m able to protect my rights as the owner of my own intellectual property."

“When someone from my field or any other field finds out about my law degree there’s often a big reaction, they don’t expect it. It is very unique and has on more than a few occasions sparked people’s curiosity. And, in the entertainment industry, curiosity is a good thing!”

"While it is rather different in job scope than a lawyer, what [the music business] requires is the same tenacity, tireless work and drive."

Jay found that studying for a University of London LLB was the ideal fit with his ambitions of working in the music industry. “The syllabus allowed me to work on my music while attending classes and yet gave me plenty of time to revise on my own."

“I’m excited and am looking forward to what 2015 has to offer, I’m thankful but never content. It’s not luck or magic. While it is rather different in job scope than a lawyer, what it requires is the same tenacity, tireless work and drive.”

Jay Walia’s album, Romantik Eklektik is distributed by Warner Music Malaysia. The physical album will be released in Malaysia by February, and also available digitally on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer & KKBox worldwide.

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