We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Ferber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, how do you think about risk?
Cancel Me, Baby. That’s my podcast name. It’s a dare to the cancel culture. Shut me up, shut my community of listeners up… I dare you. Risky, right? Depends on how you look at it. Risky? Or liberating? I use my experience as a red carpet reporter to weigh in on pop culture in an irreverent, sharp, and totally politically incorrect manner. I’ve called out high-profile figures and entities (some of whom I’ve met and worked with), and I pull no punches. It’s an opportunity to organically connect with people, open minds, and exchange ideas when the world is telling us to do everything but. They want us to be politically correct, boxed in, divided, and perfect… or you’re cancelled. Not on my watch. Every word on my show, every episode, every idea, could be considered a risk. Gasp-worthy even. Because creators, writers, and thinkers have never been met with so much censorship, and, well, fear of being “cancelled.” So “Cancel Me, Baby” is a mindset — one I hope my listeners take with them and feel empowered by. I truly believe thought leaders who are fearlessly unapologetic, especially when faced with pushback and adversity, are not only un-cancellable, they’re free. They’re the game changers. No matter the risk. It’s not that I’m some kind of adrenaline junkie. But like a tall, brunette man, I’ve never met a risk I didn’t like. I ran the risk of jeopardizing my journalistic career by posing in an unprecedented Playboy feature I pitched. I ran the risk of pissing off every Hollywood executive when I interviewed stars on my selfie stick about provocative issues for my site Talk To Me Taylor. And now, I run the risk of losing everything I’ve built by telling it how it is on my show and saying what’s really on my mind. Fortune favors the bold. I love that saying. And it’s not a cliché. In my experience, the bigger the risk, the more reward and satisfaction there is on the other side. Because you earned it. Not them. You. So think to yourself: Do I want to live like everyone else? Or am I willing to take the risk? Oh, and come join my community at @TalkToMeTaylor, where you’ll never be cancelled for speaking your mind. I can’t say you won’t run some risks, but I can say that you’ll have a good time.
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.
I think I became the reporter in Hollywood who celebrities would see and either be terrified — or psyched by. I wouldn’t ask them questions everyone else was asking. I wasn’t doing it in a way everyone else was doing it. And it’s never been easy. Let me emphasize: ever. I’ve been rejected, slapped on the wrist, and full-on yelled at (hit me up for that celeb encounter). But the rewards were always worth it — whether it was Milo Ventimiglia telling me I was having the “conversations we need” in a parking lot after an event, or fans seeing the celebs they admired in a totally raw, refreshing way they hadn’t seen before. Going against the grain and thinking outside the box are staples of my journey. I’m a writer who’s been in Playboy. I provoke the cancel culture with my podcast. And I’m constantly met with challenges. Oftentimes I joke, why do I do this to myself?! Can’t I just go off to Paris and work as a florist or in a bakery? (Not that there’s anything wrong with either. In fact, can we swap places?) But my passion to connect with and impact people with my words, whether as a journalist, podcast host, or writer, always burns through. That’s something I’ll never sacrifice.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Your most ideal LA day coming right up: Breakfast at Blue Jam Cafe or Joan’s on Third (Sherman Oaks location, duh.) A hike up Runyon with a killer playlist (and opt into the path that goes up to Griffith Observatory) Afternoon coffee pick me up at Alfred A walk down Montana Ave shops in SaMo Bike ride along the beach path at sunset I LOVE a Fig at 5 moment (happy hour at the Fairmont SaMo) Drinks at the Beverly Hills Hotel … pure bliss!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
About five years ago, my best friend Rob started as my mentor…. for better or worse, he’s now basically my Siamese twin. He is ALWAYS there. And if he wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here. He was there to conceptualize my site Talk To Me Taylor. He was there to give me courage to launch my solo podcast Cancel Me, Baby. And he’s been there to give me notes on every episode, give me advice I hated because it would make me better, listen to me cry after crappy red carpet interviews gone awry, pump me up before important meetings, and talk me through sleepless nights (you creatives get it). But most of all, when I hit my biggest slumps, he won’t ever let me quit. Go find yourselves a Rob! Your life will change before you know it.
Other: Talk To Me Taylor: https://talktometaylor.com/