We had the good fortune of connecting with Taelyr Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taelyr, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business: just go for it. I used to think I had to have all of these resources before I could start a business, or that it had to be perfect but life is too short. At the end of 2019 I lost my Granny, and that put a lot of things into perspective for me and how I wanted to live my life. I had to stop being afraid of my dreams and just go for them so I did.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got to where I am today by showcasing some of the dishes I would come up with on my Instagram. Shortly after, I started a separate page on Instagram just for my food, and from there decided to expand based off of the reactions and requests I was getting. It all happened very organically, but I believe I’m doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing. It was easy in certain areas, in others not so much. I’ve always loved cooking so that’s the easiest part for me. When I’m in the kitchen and creating I’m in my zone. I’m not worried about anything. The not so easy part was putting it out there. Cooking was always a very intimate thing I did for my loved ones. So putting it out there, sharing my process, and opening up was a little difficult for me at first. Once people began reaching out and telling me how I inspired them it became easier and easier for me to put myself out there. A lesson I’ve learned and am still learning everyday is to not be afraid to walk in my purpose with purpose.
I want the world to know that my brand is for everyone, and that it has no limits, and we create something for everyone.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My friends and I are very spontaneous and we rarely plan things when they come into town! We always go to Taj Mahal Imports on Crenshaw & Simply Wholesome no matter what. We’ll go to get our nails done. If they want to go to a mall I’ll take them to Del Amo or Fox Hills. To go out at night we might be in downtown LA or downtown Long Beach. Maybe both. Last time they were here we went skating at a park in Inglewood. It’s always a surprise with us, but we like being around locals and supporting Black & Brown communities especially. We love stuff like that. I just like us to go with how we’re feeling and what they want to see and do and go from there. It’s always a good time. 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 want to dedicate this to my Mother & Father. My Sister. My Papa. My Grandma. My Cousins. My Aunts & Uncles. All of my friends. All of my village. Another big shoutout to SlickTalkPodcast. Also to Simply High Extracts. They sponsor me and always shown support and love from the very start. I’m blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing individuals and I love you all. Everyone who has encouraged me and been there with me on this journey so far I want to dedicate this to all of them.
Facebook: Tae’s Kitchen Creations
All photos are my own.