Kayla was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome which caused her visual impairment and is also linked to her cerebral palsy. Kayla has worked hard to overcome her challenges and would like to share her story so that others can know no matter what challenges you face, you have the ability to do whatever you set your mind to. It is Kayla’s hope that she can be an inspiration to other young people to follow their dreams.
When I graduated from high school I wanted to become employed one way or another in a job that I would love doing, I had a good six months off to think long and hard about what I wanted to pursue.
In January 2013 I was paired up with a job coach at Vancouver Island Community Connections(VICC). From there we came up with several goals that would be met within six months time. I really wanted to become a photographer so we explored photography taking photos in the community, looking into art cards and figuring out costs. We figured out this wasn’t financially doable at the time and there was too much competition.
In April 2013 we began to explore the possibility of developing a video business. Also at this time I was taking an art course at North Island College and learning more about various media that I may want to incorporate into my business. Later on in the month I heard about the Aboriginal Women in Business course being offered at the Wachiay Friendship Center. We had the opportunity to meet Jay Silverburg the facilitator who gave us direction and suggestions such as contact information for a holistic vet and an animal crematorium to get a hold of about doing pet tribute videos, he also gave us the contact name for the Nuu Chah Nulth Young Entrepreneur program – Caledonia Fred. Jay also discussed social media fundraising and grants available through the local Credit Union. Caledonia let us know that I needed to raise 10% equity to be eligible for a loan. In June we developed a campaign on Indiegogo which we launched June 20. On July 16 we attended the information session at Wachiay for the Aboriginal Women in Business course.
On April 23 we started work on the extensive business plan & 38 page booklet that took us 7 months to fully complete. On May 23 I completed my first paid contract to make a tribute video for Boyd’s Funeral Services. On August 20 I met Tara Laderoute who owns the Pet Crematorium and is willing to help promote my new business. Throughout my participation in the Aboriginal Women in Business course I was paid to do five videos for Jay which helped me raise my 10% equity.
On October 8 I went to Town Hall and confirmed that I was exempt from the Business license fee ($100) due to PWD. On November 12 we mailed the final business plan off to the Nuu Chah Nulth. On December 9 we met with the Aboriginal councilor at Highland Secondary to talk about my business, and we filled out a vendor form for School District 71 for the schools to contract me to do video work for cultural events. Nothing came of this for the 2013-2014 school year, but we might try again in September.
On January 10, 2014, I picked up my Business License from Comox Town Hall – its official!
In March 2014 my Job Coach and I started marketing around the Comox Valley as well as Campbell River distributing rack cards and business cards. On April 15 I sent out the press release to 16 various papers on the island to which we didn’t hear back from any of them yet.
We contacted Shaw on doing a human resource story in May and are following up in June. This has been a breakdown of my business journey so far and am still working hard at it.
Kayla McDonald Productions is providing video services to the people on Vancouver Island and surrounding areas. Tribute or Memorial videos, Celebration and Milestone videos, photography, photo to digital conversion and art cards are the services and products being offered. You can contact Kayla via:
Facebook: Kayla McDonald Productions