We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
The way I define success is — soulful and simple. I feel as though I reach another level of success each time I use my God gifted talent to bless other women, through my artistry. That’s true, genuine success. Overfilling the expectations and needs of each client I come in contact with. The exuberant reaction and outcome of each client’s appointment defines my success. I don’t define success by how many shares, likes, followers and etc I have. My success is defined by how I radiate my talent on each of my clients and as a result, I make an impactful impression on them at the end. When my name graces rooms I never thought it would enter, because of my efforts and the gifts God placed within me—I feel the ultimate success then. It’s not about monetary gain. It’s about how my work transfers over to my brand holding weight in the industry I’m entering.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets my artistry apart from others is the experience — this is something I’ve putting more and more work and detail into. I think this is a major thing for makeup artists to focus in on too. This is a major brand builder! What are your clients getting when they are in your care? Is it just your services or does your brand have more character. Brand character is what I’m mastering; the environment, the attention to detail with my clients, how I present myself in each appointment, the energy I give off, and etc. Simple things such as how my space looks, providing clients with snacks, water, after appointment gifts. Going the extra mile to make a statement with every appointment. That is what makes me different and will add to my value. I’ve established the lane I embody in this industry and that is opposite of those in my area, as well. I mean that in a humble way, just acknowledging the various differences. I stick to soft glam overall. I’m not really the makeup artist for harsh makeup. I pride myself on mastering natural enhancements; my talents can expand with certain looks, but they still give a more clean feel. I aim to lean more towards clean, soft, editorial artistry. That’s my goal. It was not easy at all to get where I am professionally — I am still in progress too! It isn’t as easy as it seems at all. Building your brand comes with overcoming you being your worst enemy. That is my biggest challenge — getting out of my own way. Removing all self-limiting thoughts, trusting the process and have tunnel vision focus on my brand and achieving what I see for myself. Remove comparison and just continue putting in the work for my artistry. That is the biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way; get out of your own way, be almost overly confident in your brand and don’t compare your artistry to anyone else’s journey. Also, find comfort in being uncomfortable. That’s where growth is. I want the world to know that me/my brand is one. This isn’t just a hobby or a job. This is every bit of me. This is my passion and I will continue putting my all into it, so my brand will visually be represented like quality and luxury—one of a kind vibes. A takeover is coming soon. Never forget the name!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well fortunately my best friend is a foodie just like me — the main points of the week visit would be some new restaurants/lounges that we haven’t tried before just to catch a different vibe. I think the city has grown to be the hub for creatives, luxuries vibes, nightlife and music. So, I would definitely say we would be bound to catch a few hookah spots, strip clubs and etc. I think the nightlife is the most alluring thing about the city. You see a different energy at night; it’s nothing like it. We would definitely have Stella Rose and Martell stocked the entire trip — on the strength of them being are essentials. We’re really random girls lol, so we would probably come across some fire spots and just go see what they’re about. We never do too well planning outings, because we never know what we want to do lol. Spur of the moment is kinda our thing. We go off vibes.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s not one entity that deserves more recognition in my life journey and for my upcoming success than God himself. I would be nothing without him and I would not be able to deliver and create with my clientele. My talent is God gifted and placed within me from birth. 1 John 2:27 is a scripture I’ve recently felt so aligned with, because God placed this talent within me. He created me with such an amazing creative eye. I’m self taught. I built my brand from teaching myself, so that speaks volumes. After God, I have to give the upmost credit to my parents. My father and mother have both transcended, but allowed me to explore so much of my creativity and embedded so much wisdom in me at a young age. I was bred to be my own individual, fulfilling my passion being true and authentic to myself. That’s the foundation of being a creative and going after the things you want in life. I have to show immense love to those who created and poured into me. I have been taught since a jit that I was a divine being with so much within that I have yet to realize or even see. I see the actuality of that statement now. Without their teachings, their spirit, their guidance, their divinity-there would be no me. There would not be a Weluvtay Artistry.

I CAN NOT forget — my best friend, Ericka. My biggest supporter, therapist, backbone, the person who reminds me who TF I AM daily (excuse my vulgarity). I could not and would not still be pushing my brand, my dream, my artistry without her divine assistance, motivation and support! My soul tribe is heavily consumed of my best friend. I owe her a lot of praise. That girl is beyond amazing! My gang, Gotti Gang, the guys — I can’t forget the gang either. We show support to each other. My family shows soooo much love and encouraging words to me as I have been pursuing my dreams.

My heavenly angel, my late boyfriend Romero pushed me to finally take myself serious and go after my dream instead of continuing something that isn’t fulfilling me. I thank him greatly for that. Major heavenly shoutout to Gotti.

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