Model and actor Taylor Byron Barr (born october-24-1986) is a Southern California native who’s rose in the fashion ranks because of his hard work and attention to detail.
Today, he can be seen in films and numerous fashion campaigns for many popular brands, but he maintains a humble attitude. Taylor attributes his success to his work ethic, but he rarely speaks about himself. Instead, he likes to discuss the topics that are shaping the world as we know it.
Topics like healthcare, social justice, housing are near and dear to his heart, and he hopes to continue the dialogue as long as he’s able. He doesn’t speak like a rising celebrity, he speaks in a much more subdued and calculated manner. You can tell he’s laser-focused on his goals, and we’re sure he’s going to accomplish them.
So great to meet you! Could you please tell us a little about yourself and what got you started?
I was scouted when I was younger and modeled for a while. But more recently my aunt and mother challenged me to get back in the game. They wanted me to jump back in, and I did.
How did you decide to be a professional model? Who or what inspired you?
I was always interested in clothes. I’ve always appreciated different textures and looks.
When and how did you develop an interest in fashion?
When I was super young. Like around 5. I remember admiring shoes and coats from a very young age.
How do you define personal branding?
I like to think of myself as a professional. Discipline and planning has enabled me to make great moves in the industry.
What were you doing before you became a blogger and Instagrammer, and what inspired you to pursue social media as a career?
I was, and still managing a property development company that I own. My other great passion is real estate. I’ve been working with properties my entire adult life.
How do you decide which brands to partner with, and how do you ensure that your fans are receptive to sponsored content?
I love to work with brands that have an authentic social consciousness. Looking good is important, but doing good is so much more important.
What’s the most overrated part of working in social media?
The most overrated part of working in social media is the “friendships.” They mostly fake, but you have to take the good with the bad.
What advice would you give to those interested in building a following online?
Be authentic. People appreciate realness so much in this era. In the past celebrities felt manufactured. Today, I’ve learned that my fans take interest in the fact that I’m human and feel the same things they feel
If you weren’t a model, what would you want to do?
If I weren’t modeling I would be working in real estate full time, dedicating all my time to it.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
In this business you get a lot of “nos” said to you. You have to stay positive and diligent. Being noticed takes dedication. I’ve been disregarded many times, but I just stay the course.
• What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
I wish someone would’ve told me that 99% of the people you’ll come in contact with will be full of hot air. When you’re young in the business, it’s easy to be taken advantage of. I was lucky, but I’ve seen some eye-opening things.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
I haven’t had my greatest success yet. I’m very fortunate to be able to do what I do and make a living from it, but as far as feeling accomplished, I have a ways to go. That’s what keeps me motivated.
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