We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Villanueva and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My background is in broadcast, digital, and radio journalism, and I always wanted to start a media company. With all the negative effects of the pandemic, I decided the time is now to take that jump and start a company. I reached out to my cousin whom I knew would be a great person to work with. After a few weeks of coming up with different ideas, we decided to create a podcast production company called Manoosh Productions. We are about seven months in now and our hard work as really paid off. Our debut show is called “A Few Bad Apples” and talks about instances of police brutality as a way to share the victims’ stories and make sure they are never forgotten. We also highlight good apple police officers at the end of each episode to show what being part of the force should really be like and how many people are going above and being to risk their lives for their communities every day, although these actions are sometimes overlooked. Because I clearly love to stay busy, I also created a second show called “What’s For Brunch? Podcast” that I host with my longtime friend. With all the negative things we can’t control, it’s important to take control of what you can, which is the driving force behind why I started Manoosh Productions.
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 have always had many passions in different industries, but I love storytelling. I combined my eight years of media and journalism experience with my desire to start my own company and out come Manoosh Productions. I always try to support strong businesswomen whenever I can, which is how I came across the Ms. Corporate America competition. This competition is a place for business owners and corporate employees to come together to network and compete for the title. I am blessed enough to have been chosen as the titleholder of Ms. Costa Mesa 2021, and I want to use this platform to share my skills to help others. I have had severe obsessive compulsive disorder since I was three years old and was not diagnosed until I was 23. As someone who wants to excel in everything I do, dealing with severe OCD as an adult has made simple tasks in life more challenging than they should be. I spent years searching for the right kind of help and support before ever finding the right doctors, and I never want anyone to feel the way I did. My biggest heartache is knowing there are kids out there who feel the way I do and have no access to help or no way of expressing their symptoms. I want to help them find the resources they need so that no one has to suffer with OCD.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister Skyler is my best friend, and I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the good times and get through the bad times without her. My parents have supported me my entire life, and I’m grateful for them. My boyfriend and best friend Cameron has made me appreciate so many things in life and helps keep me grounded. My cousin and company co-founder Katherine is always there to lend an ear and is my unofficial second sister.