We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylore Simone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylore, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The value that matters most to me is my relationship with God. As a freelance model and actress in the entertainment industry, I have to make sure that I do not compromise my beliefs by accepting bookings that go against my values and morals. here are bookings that I just will not accept, such as doing sexual scenes, doing scenes and modeling projects that involve nudity, and doing scenes that include profanity. As a model, I am an ambassador of various brands, which means I am representing that brand and what the brand stands for. The same goes for my relationship with God. I am an ambassador of God here on the earth and what He stands for, so I have to make sure that I am not compromising our relationship in any way. I don’t need to comPROMISE because He made a PROMISE to me to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think (Ephesian 3:20). Although I may pass on a booking that is paying a high amount, it does not compare to what God has in store for me. There is no monetary amount that can be placed on my relationship with God.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a freelance model and actress who uses her platform to inspire others with a foundational theme of not compromising. I am known for showing others who relate to me that they can do the same things that I am doing as well and even more. Recently, I have been giving industry knowledge on how to break into the industry and start booking paid work to aspiring and established models and actors/actresses.
I am most proud of being able to be reachable to those who are seeking my knowledge because they are seeing value in what I am doing. Brands that I have modeled for and developed a relationship with have requested my creative input and direction for shoots. Film directors and crew have also requested my creative input and industry knowledge. That just goes to show that people are watching you. I am just honored that people are seeking my knowledge. It took numerous experiences and wisdom to get to this point and I still have a lot to learn.
What sets me apart from others is being myself. The fact that there is no other you in the world makes you unique automatically. I am also a Christian, so I have to ensure that I am a representative of God and a good example to others. I have turned down roles because some did not align with my morals and values, and that is ok. There will always be more opportunities and even better ones. With my knowledge of the industry, I am thinking about creating an educational series to remove the secrets of breaking into the industry all while being ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
Of course, it has not been a smooth road. What road is truly smooth without any bumps in it? I had to learn through experience what to look out for, especially in this industry. There are people with ill intentions who exploit this industry. There was one instance where I was scheduled to go to a house to get pictures taken, which is not the safest environment for a model. However, thank God, my parents came with me, and the photographer was legit. However, now I know how to determine scams, ill intentions, and any red flags.
I am also saved, so I do not accept any gigs that would make me compromise my relationship with God. In the entertainment industry, some do not regard God, so I have to be careful which gigs I choose. I have to frequently check myself to make sure I do not compromise by getting caught up in the glitz and glamour of this industry.
Moreover, I, at one point of time, did not have any social media, which is a free marketing tool that can push a talent’s brand. I did not want to be caught up in a virtual reality to the point where I was not in tune with actual reality. However, my makeup mentor, at the time, suggested that I make social media accounts because it is needed in this industry, so I decided to establish my social media presence to have further reach. It proved to assist with booking more gigs through networking, which is really important because you never know how well connected your connection is. I also booked more gigs through social media by consistently posting content that shows I am constantly working, which creates value. Consistency is definitely key.
As a freelance model and actress, I am responsible for booking all of my gigs. It was definitely a struggle initially because I was not well connected. However, over time, I gained numerous connections, and I am constantly being booked. Another challenge that I have faced was being located in a place that is not known for being a hub for this industry. However, I have learned that it does not matter where I am located but where I want to go. I had to change my mindset. Once your mindset changes, everything changes.
What I realized throughout my career is when you want something to happen, you make it happen yourself. I realized that I have to be my own “Agent of Change” to make things happen, and it did. With my being able to take charge of my career, I have booked 4 films, 1 national episodic, 8 commercials, 2 music videos, numerous bookings as a brand model, and more gigs in counting.
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?
This would definitely be a week filled with fun, adventure, and trying new things together. To be honest, I am a big kid at heart and a thrillseeker, although, I am not a big fan of heights and so forth. However, that doesn’t stop me from having fun. I would definitely start the trip off by bringing my best friend to the top thrill and amusement attractions that Atlanta has to offer. That includes going to iFLY indoor skydiving venue, Six Flags, and Race with Rusty NASCAR racing experience.
After we would have satisfied our thrill appetities, it would be time to satisfy our hunger. I am definitely a foodie, so we would try all types of food. We would go to what seems to be the hottest food spot that everyone is talking about: The Slutty Vegan. I would try their famous Menage A Trois plant-based patty loaded with vegan bacon, vegan shrimp, vegan cheese, carmelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and their Slut Sauce on a vegan Hawaiian bun with fries. We would also hit up local chinese restaurants because Chinese food is my favorite.
Then we would do more laid back activites such as attending a play at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse, going to the Georgia Aquarium, and sampling drink variations at the World of Coca-Cola (BTW, they have some interesting flavors). This all goes to say that my best friend would really enjoy their time with me in the area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, l would like to shout out my Lord and my God, Jesus Christ! If it wasn’t for Him, none of my success would have happened. He is The One who gets my foot in the door and connects me to whom I need to be connected to. I also would like to shout out my immediate family (my father, my mother, and my sister) and my extended family for their continued love and support of my goals and dreams. I also would like to shout out those who have come into my life and poured into me. Last and certainly not least, I want to shout out God again because it is truly Him who gives me wisdom, strategy, and creativity to get the job done.
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