Taylor Dawson uses her incredible skills to promote new and long lasting business relationships.
Taylor Dawson is a recent transplant to New York City. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance in 2018, she spent a few years touring, doing everything from Shakespeare to Theatre for Young Audiences. Since moving to NYC, she’s been doing a little bit of everything – television, film, VO, and theatre, producing her first work The Verge with Uncle Mike Productions.
Taylor has a background in teaching, having worked in both public and private schools. She also voices the series regular Phoebe on Turner Broadcasting System Australia’s Best Furry Friends, a children’s cartoon. Taylor spent the pandemic working for Nespresso, honing her sales skills, and then started at Blender in July – coming up on her anniversary of working with us. She masterfully uses those skills to promote new and long lasting business relationships with our extended community, and we love having her on our team.
Career-wise, who inspires you and why?
As a musical theatre actor, I find that my “type” doesn’t always fit into the traditional role breakdowns. The type of things that are really inspiring to me are those women who are making space in the industry for the unique qualities, voices that are a little out of the ordinary, and leaning into the quirkiness.
What’s a beverage you can’t go without each day?
The simple answer is coffee. But I feel equally attached to drinking water specifically out of my water bottle. I’ve been told I’m like Linus with his blanket.
Favorite genre of music?
I have a really wide and varied taste in music. I think it really depends on my mood. On an average day my mood for tunes can swing wildly from 70’s singer/songwriters to Broadway, or hardcore rap to classic rock. I was raised by a rock musician father so I like to think that influenced my love for a well-crafted song.
Current pop-culture obsession?
I love that folks on the internet are destigmatizing mental illness and normalizing going to therapy! That’s such a great pop-culture moment we’re living in. But also, Crocs and Billie Eilish.
What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday afternoon?
My perfect Saturday would start the night before with a great night of sleep. I would sleep in (a little), have a quick coffee and protein shake, then hit the gym to lift and do one of the workouts I’ve built. After that, a big, beautiful, boozy brunch with friends. Then I’d love to spend some time lounging in the sun like a lizard, reading a book or listening to a podcast next to my boyfriend. Then a nighttime walk with him, and dinner at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Depending on the energy level after dinner, the end of the night either looks like heading out to go dancing (!!!) or capping off the night with Negroni and maybe playing video games for a little bit before falling asleep.
Where was the last place you had a “wow” New York moment?
I was sitting in the Drama Book Shop with my business partner, having our first meeting for the interactive, one-man show I’m producing – The Verge, tickets available here —and I realized that ten years ago, I was visiting the city at 16, sitting in the Drama Book Shop, dreaming about living in NYC and making theatre. Things look a little different at 26 than I thought they would, but I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all I’ve been able to accomplish, and filled with the joy of possibility for the things I will do.
If you could eat lunch with anyone, living or departed, who would it be? Why?
I would want to eat lunch with my great grandpa, Armand, who passed when I was really small. My Nana (his daughter) is my favorite person in the world, and the way she talks about his kind heart and gentle spirit makes me desperately wish I could meet him as an adult and spend time with him.
What does hospitality mean to you?
Making people feel at home! Comfiness physically and in the soul!
What did you miss most about the office?
Office gossip! Just kidding – I missed people. I’m an extrovert, and the pandemic really dulled my sparkle. I love having all of the little human interactions throughout the day.
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