I’m super stoked about this interview, I first saw Taylor’s work through an app called Overlap which is an app created in Charleston to bring together the creative community in one place. After seeing her work on Instagram and reading her blog I knew I had to setup up a collaboration together. Once our schedules finally aligned we got out in a great location and spent some time shooting, bouncing ideas off each other, and having some friendly banter over music. Taylor is genuine, hard-working, and knowledgeable and for those reasons I felt like I had to pick her brain with a few questions for this interview series. Let’s jump right into it!
Thanks again for doing this interview Taylor! Give us a little background on yourself and how you got involved in the creative community.
I fell in love with Charleston growing up and I moved here in 2014 for school. I’m currently a senior at the College of Charleston, majoring in Arts Management with a minor in Music Industry and Marketing. I recently just started a lifestyle, travel, and fashion blog. I am so lucky to have such a cool major full of creative people - everyone is always involved in something cool, whether it’s the local music scene or putting on art exhibitions. Something that surprised me is how many creative people I’ve met just from Instagram here. It's a really powerful tool - it’s always awesome meeting up with someone who you follow/follows you, whether it’s for Black Tap or for a shoot. Also, there’s a new app called Overlap, which makes it really easy to connect with creatives here.
I know that you plan on moving to Nashville in the near future, but what really stands out to you about the Charleston community and has it influenced your work?
What stands out about the Charleston community is that it is so easy to be unique here. I feel as if Charleston typically has the certain Southern style connotation to it - it’s so refreshing to see people who don’t really follow that doing their own thing and standing out. I also love how it’s still pretty small, so everyone knows each other and everyone is running in the same circle. You’re always running into the same people or recognizing people from Instagram or from seeing them in someone else’s shoot. It’s so inspiring seeing the hustle of everyone in this community - so many cool people are doing so many cool things. I believe it is so important to surrounding yourself with others who share a similar mindset as you - it keeps you driven, and you’re able to feed off of their energy. Everyone in this community is really genuine too - I feel like everyone supports each other, as opposed to it being a competition.
Who or what has been your biggest influences to pursue music, photography, and blogging?
I’m really influenced by traveling. Sometimes when I’m in the same place for a while, I feel like my mindset gets stuck in the same place. I feel like it’s really good for everyone to get out of their head and experience new surroundings as often as possible. I’m also always intrigued by what others around me are doing. I love seeing my friends killing what they’re doing and it makes me want to work harder and be better. One of my favorite quotes is "it just takes a handful of passion to start a fire” - you just need one idea in order to spark and grow into something really cool.
Where do you manage to find time to pursue all these endeavors along with going to school? Any tips?
I have a very disciplined and organized personality. I’m lucky that I really enjoy my classes and do well in school, because that makes it enjoyable. But sometimes I just don’t have the time and have to put school first - the beginning of the semester is always hard! These past few weeks I haven’t even had a chance to work on my blog or anything. Sometimes I have days where I wake up early for a shoot in the morning, go to a few classes, intern in the afternoon, and then work at Music Farm 7-1, and then be up to catch a flight at 6 that next morning. But I love it! I thrive off of being busy. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but staying on top of things is key - it’s all about organization and finding what works for you and getting in your groove. Another tip is to challenge yourself - you can always be doing more, and you can always be doing better. When you’re passionate about something, you’ll make time for it.
It’s honestly refreshing to see so many creatives coming out and trying to make a name for themselves in the industry but would you say this helps or hurts the community with all the over saturation that seems to be happening on social media?
I think it’s definitively an asset to the community. I love seeing Charleston growing and shifting into this little creative center. We are all so fortunate to live and work in this beautiful place and I love seeing people take advantage of it. To be able to be a part of it growing creatively is just such a cool thing. Like I said before, I also feel like everyone here is really supportive of each other. The more people, the more creative minds there are - which means more collaborations and projects can be brought to life!
Lastly, if you could give just one tip to up and comers in this industry, what would it be?
I think it’s all about being true to yourself, whatever your creative niche is. If you are good at what you do and passionate about what you do and you are genuine, people will be interested in you and your work. Creativity takes work - you cannot just expect to sit down every time and have all of these perfect ideas that come out just how you want. You have to work at it and practice and grow. Get out and meet new people as often as possible and try new things. Charleston is an entire city of possibilities to explore.
Thank you so much for your time Taylor, you really embody the hustle and grind lifestyle that it takes to make life exactly what you want it to be. Where can my readers find you at?
No problem Chris! You can find me at my blog at taylorkflynn.com or follow my Instagram @TaylorKFlynn .
- Chris Ramsey Jr. (@chris.ramsey.jr)