We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Nuri Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, how do you think about risk?
I’ve always been a risk taker when it comes to my career. I usually just jump in to 100%, because the thought of having regrets always outweighs the fear of making a mistake or not being successful. I also believe that I can accomplish anything that I want to as long as I stay focused and not let that little voice of self doubt get loud! Yes, it can be scary, but the reward is amazing when you take a risk and accomplish your goal. I try to look at failure as a learning experience and not spend too much time dwelling on the past. The biggest risk that I’ve taken in my career is deciding in 2019 to leave a very successful songwriting career of over 20 years to become a Los Angeles real estate agent with Keller Williams Studio City. It was the right decision at the right time in my life and I’m so happy that I listened to my heart. I was also surprised to learn that my successful career pivot had inspired a couple of my friends to also make career changes as well. I’m fearless when it comes to business, but do not ask me to jump out of a plane!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I bought my condo in 2008 with the money I made from my #1 Grammy Nominated song “When I See U” by Fantasia and it was the best financial decision that I could’ve ever made. It gave me some security and I really want other creatives to know that If I can do it so can you. I felt like the best way to do that is to get my real estate license and show people by example. One of the highlights of becoming a real estate agent is being able to help people become homeowners and start building generational wealth, which as a mother is one of the most important things I feel like we can do as parents. I understand how scary the process is and I really go above and beyond for my clients answering all of their questions and holding their hand every step of the way. My goal is always to make sure that my clients are happy and comfortable with how much they are spending, what they are buying or when they are selling. It’s always about what is best for them. Also, sometimes it can take a year of planning, so patience and check-ins are huge during the process.
I’ve sold over 5 Million dollars in the past 12 months. Every deal wasn’t easy and I had some challenges, but I believe in always staying positive and things have a way of working themselves out for the better. I’ve learned that there is always more to learn no matter how much success you’ve had or how much you’ve accomplished. I love my Job!
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?
I’m a huge foodie so eating out was one of the things I missed most this past year. I would take my friend to all my favorite restaurants starting with a beautiful day drive to Malibu to get the most delicious oysters & lobster rolls at Broad Street Oyster Company. We would go hiking at Fryman canyon and then Taco Tuesday at Tocaya on Sunset. We would walk around Little Tokyo and have the best Ramen at Ramen Maruya and go visit the Broad Museum. We would also have to have Brunch in Mid City at Chef Alisa’s restaurant My 2 Cents LA. The perfect spa day is always at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. A Hollywood Blvd Star walk is a must, along with driving up to Beachwood canyon to see the famous Hollywood sign. A Beverly hills shopping day on Rodeo and lunch at the spectacular Rooftop by JG. Dinner at Din Tai Fung in Century City for my favorite dumplings and a walk around Eataly for the best Italian everything! We would also spend a day at Venice beach and rent bikes to ride up and down the boardwalk and then of course eat pizza at Stella Barra in Santa Monica. We would also have to go to the Ipic Theater for movie night and Kiwami Sushi in Studio City. A concert at the Hollywood bowl would be the perfect way to end a fabulous week in LA!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my real estate mentor Angela So, who was my instructor at CA Realty when I was studying for my Ca license and also took me under her wing at Keller Williams Studio City as my launch agent. I always thank her for teaching me everything I know about being a great agent. The books, The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan and Mindset by Carol S. Dwek, PH. D. really gave the tools to take the necessary steps to learn a new skill and apply it in my everyday life. Also, multi-tasking has become the norm, but it’s been awesome being able to focus on real estate 100%. I would also love to shoutout my amazing family and friends for all of their love and support.
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