We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor King and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Growing up, I got to watch my dad interact with people and over the years realized there was a lot intentional he did to make sure he was able to listen, remember, and connect with just about everyone. We love to glamorize this idea of a “random connection” but in reality most great connections I’ve made have been with some serious thought behind them, research before meeting that person, and writing a lot of notes when I can to make sure I remember details about that person. It moves mountains when you remember somebody’s birthday, the name of their kid, or the project they were working on when you last spoke.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Listen, there’s a ton of incredible artists out there in Motion Design right now and I have so, so, much to learn. If anything, I think what sets me apart from others is my communication and how I work with others. Encouragement is my calling card, and it’s really important for me to build a positive environment on every project I’m on, and I think that’s infectious. I got some wise advice a while “you could be the best [motion] designer in the world, but if you’re hard to work with, good luck getting jobs”. I live by that.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In NYC? Has to start with a trip to Win Son, an incredible taiwanese restaurant out by where I live. I’m not drinking much these days, but the only bar you need to go to in NYC is a speakeasy on Eldridge street called Attaboy, ring the doorbell once and most importantly, do not knock on the door, they don’t like that very much.

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?
Has to be my Dad. Since day one, him and my mom have had to bear the brute force of a million questions that never stopped coming, and he especially was there to help guide me as I learned how to navigate the business world. He taught me people, how to read people, how to meet new people, and more important how to build relationships that last a lifetime. Can’t ever repay a gift like that.

Also, there’s maybe one person who has no idea how much they impacted me, and that’s Mark Clennon. Right after I quit my job in 2018, Mark put my name in for a fashion video job that I ended up getting last minute. I met a ton of folks through that job, got a lot of exposure, and in my opinion ultimately got my career’s engine started.

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