We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Gallion and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I took a huge risk moving out for the first time from a small town in Kansas to a huge city like Los Angeles. There is so much opportunity for artists and it can be very challenging. Not all risks pay off but you’ll have fewer regrets and know the truth for yourself. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience something amazing. I also took a risk opening a small business with a friend and learned what it takes to be a business owner. The experience will only be beneficial for things to come.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I try to create something new everyday. Most of my work is digital and I’m constantly improving on my craft with new styles, practices, and learning new programs. I go to mixers and hang with other creatives for positive encouragement and rub elbows with people at the top animation companies. This has not been easy! I’ve been working as a freelance artist since graduation, along with other jobs, and sending hundreds of applications. Hundreds! Even then, there is always a higher lever for my art to achieve to fit in well. Constant practice and persistence. I’ve learned the majority of people in my industry can relate to my struggle and sometimes the dream job that you land is only temporary. My story is a climb to the top and it’s barely even started.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve had plenty of friends visit and stay with me out here. Venice beach is my favorite. Art museums, Themed bars, Hollywood Blvd, Possibly a rams game, and driving over the hollywood hills on laurel canyon is a great time. Surfing if they’re up for it! All of the touristy stuff is fun but the beach vibe is my personal favorite. You can go up and down the west coast and each little city has its own appeal. Everyone you talk to is working on something new and exciting so try to strike up conversations with strangers, you’ll be surprised!
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?
Shout out to all the brave artists who are working to get in the industry! It’s competitive with such a large talent pool but it’s cool knowing that you are competing against the best in the world and occasionally getting to meet your role models who worked on your favorite shows or movies. Also shout out to all My friends and family from Wichita, Kansas for all the continued love and support. Wouldn’t be here without you!