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

Hi Taylor, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
At the start of launching my agency, work was my life. Day in and day out, I was solely focused on growing the brand, building and maintaining relationships, submitting, pitching, booking, answering calls, meeting and signing new clients…all of it…and all by myself. I was ALWAYS on but with the recent life events that have happened, I’ve learned to find that balance in my life.

2020 was a big year…not only with the pandemic, but I also had my daughter, Ryan, in April. My priorities shifted of course to raising this little human the best way we could given the extreme circumstances while also continuing to run and nurture my other “baby” – Evolve Artists Agency. Months went by with very little auditions and bookings since productions were shut down. On the one hand, I was able to be fully present with Ryan and was witnessing every tiny milestone that was happening right before my eyes. On the other, we had a mortgage, bills, groceries, and a baby to care for and really couldn’t afford to not have the work coming in. But we managed – like most did and continue to do – and it was a blessing that I actually got to BE with my sweet little family. Just be.

Those few months with just Ryan, Nick (my husband) and I brought more happiness than I can even begin to explain. While my career and this agency give me purpose, I learned that MY life and happiness are driven by love. Seeing my husband become a father and of course having the most perfect angel join our lives forever, completely changed my perspective on work/life balance. In order for this agency and my career to thrive and continue to flourish, home and family will continue to take the lead and I will be a better agent and business owner because of it! At the end of my time here on Earth, I will be proud of my accomplishments as a business owner and the work I put into my career and my clients but hope to be remembered by the love given to those in my life.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I own and operate a commercial and print talent agency based in Burbank, California called Evolve Artists Agency. I started in February of 2019 so we just celebrated our 2nd anniversary 🙂

Something that sets us a part from others is probably how we operate. I treat my little roster of clients like family – there is a very open line of communication always and mutual respect between the agents and actors/models. I hear a lot of clients that leave their agencies due to lack of communication between them and their agent and overall uncertainty of their relationship. I would never want my clients to be scared to talk to me or unsure about my reaction if they had to decline an audition or ask for a different time. While I do lay ground rules for how I want to operate professionally, I am also empathetic to people and certain situations that arise. I welcome and encourage diversity and am very proud of my roster of clients and what they represent.

With most anything else, challenges have come up along the way. The first year was definitely a learning curve on the business side of things for me. I knew how to be an agent but the first year as a business owner was a whole different ball game. Asking for help is something I learned is a MUST. There are so many things I didn’t know and tried my best to do solo..my best piece of advice would be to ask for help when you need it and accept it when offered. Our youth agent, Haley Nelson, joined the team in November of 2019 and what a weight lifted off my shoulders that was. She has significantly grown the youth department and brought an energy that I admire!

I had a passion for being an agent and working in the entertainment industry and turned that into my own business. It took nothing more than hard work, drive and perseverance…and some risks, fear and doubts thrown in the mix 😉 Seeing my company now thriving only 2 years in makes me insanely proud and hopeful for the future.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ha! Love this question.

I live in Santa Clarita so we’d start the week at my house. Nick would make us dinner and margs obviously. Nick would then probably encourage us to watch some movie action movie he was interested in and we would decline and catch up on housewives or play board games.

Next few days we’d bop around Ventura and Santa Barbara and go wine tasting or visit some breweries! Downtown Ventura is so cute with some great restaurants and shops – and a nice little hole in the wall Tiki Bar 🙂 We’d rent bikes and explore the towns. We’d land at our hotel or airbnb in time to watch the sunset over the ocean then walk to dinner at Loquita which is an AMAZING Spanish tapas restaurant! (I’m pretending there is no baby in the picture during this trip – that would really change things up!! haha)

After that we’d probably drive up the family house in Lake Arrowhead – about 1.5 hours away! We would spend a few days there taking the boat out and lounging at the dock. We’d go to our favorite pizza spot – Lou Eddies – one night and our favorite Italian spot – Puglia – the other night!

We’d drive back home and even though exhausted from the trip, have to make one last stop at Sabor in Santa Clarita for their spicy margs and chili rellenos 🙂

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A lot of people along the way, whether they knew it or not, helped pave the way to exactly where I am right now. My former bosses for giving me a chance to learn the ropes at their agency. My former coworkers for making it so damn fun and becoming life long friends. My former and current clients who are gracious and thankful when they see the work I put in and let me know. My group of girlfriends who are all insanely successful and motivated me to be on their level. Although, the 3 biggest supporters are my mom, dad, and husband, Nick.

I always knew I wanted to open my own business one day – wasn’t sure what kind, but knew I’d like to work for myself eventually. After many years of working at other agencies, I came home one night and awkwardly uttered to Nick that maybe that business could be a talent agency…voice shaking and so uncertain as to what he would say or think. My thoughts ranged from “how could I even begin to compete with ALL the other agencies in LA? There is no way anyone will take me seriously” to “I have no idea how I would even do it…It’s going to be so much money to start and I’ll definitely fail…it’s a bad idea.” But Nick proudly said “DO IT!!” Not a doubt in his mind that I’d succeed. He pushed me and was truly my biggest cheerleader. Allowed me to have really bad days and listened to me stress and vent about it all but then celebrated hard with all the milestones and accomplishments. He now can spot my clients in commercials and is always asking how so and so is doing…he basically knows all my clients names and what commercials they’ve booked. He is the best 🙂

My parents unwavering support since day one is the reason I’m able to do what I’m doing now. They are my backbone and best friends and I’m so proud to be their daughter.

Website: www.evolveartistsagency.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/evolveartistsagency

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