We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Murphy-Sinclair and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
To be patient. I can be such an I want what I want when I want it kind of person, and that does not fly in this industry. There’s an adage that says something to the effect of “it takes 15 years to become an overnight success,” and I am definitely in that boat. Working in a creative capacity has taught me to slow down, to wait my turn, to be gentler with myself, and to scrap the idea of a linear timeline. As it turns out, patience is useful pretty much everywhere, all the time.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think I am, more than anything, a storyteller. It’s the Irish in me- I love a good story. I also have wildly varying interests. I was that kid who wanted to be a movie star, a linguist, and teacher, and a lawyer all at the same time. That’s how I would describe myself creatively; I want to do it all at the same time. I love writing, mostly short essays and poetry. My first memoir was published in 2019 by Jenae Noonan at Victory Publishing- for which I am eternally grateful. That is something I am tremendously proud of.
As an actor I’ve had a chance to work on amazing projects with artists I truly respect. My background is in musical theatre, but now I work mostly in film and TV. I had the opportunity to shoot an awesome film this past year, written and directed by Frank Cappello (Constantine, American Yakuza), so that is very exciting. Other TV credits include Lucifer, #blackaf, This Is Not Happening, and Unrelated. It’s actually thrilling to realize that I have been able to work in my industry of choice at all! Some are not so lucky!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Good question! I actually love LA and it’s tough to narrow down a neighborhood. I would definitely take a long walk around Echo Park lake, take advantage of the beautiful museums we have, go see a stand-up show, get some fancy coffee, you know- the good stuff. Another thing that is so great about LA is the food- there is so much food. Diverse food. Food you didn’t even know existed. Right now I’m in a Korean BBQ phase. I cannot stop. 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 love this question. My whole life has been one big collaboration, and I wouldn’t be anywhere near here were it not for the love, care, support, and help of so many. First of all my parents, who took me to every voice lesson, every writing class, every audition. I am so privileged to have them and to this day whether I need emotional help, financial help, or someone to listen to me whine about rejection – they are always available. I am also indebted to all of the amazing teachers and mentors I have had throughout my life, in particular Thom Wade, Teresa Kubasak, Shannon Lowrie, the entire UCLA TFT staff, Jodi Galvin, and so many others. And finally my partner, Chase Coleman, who loves me unconditionally and goes out of his way to connect me with opportunities. He is a brilliant actor and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. I’m so lucky.
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