Every aspiring actress pretty much has two goals whenever they set out to pursue the big screen: be the lead role or work alongside some pretty kick ass, world-renowned actors and actresses. But, not many people can say that they've accomplished those huge pursuits by the age of just 10-years old.
Actress Tayler Hamilton can cross this huge bucket list item off her goals and isn't stopping there. After a whirlwind experience working on her first movie set, Hamilton is taking her initial brush with stardom and is more determined than ever to make it as a feature film actress as an adult.
Hamilton scored her very first feature film role opposite Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd in the film, “De-Lovely," after catching the eye of Emmy winning casting director Nina Gold. In the film, based on the musical career of Cole Porter, Tayler was given a speaking part, performed a duet with Ashley Judd, had her own trailer and even attended the film's premiere in New York City with her mom. While this unforgettable experience seemed to happen in a whirlwind, Tayler's budding movie career was put on hold when her dad's job was relocated to Singapore and he moved his family there right after the film's release. “It was one of the best experiences of my life," Hamilton says, “both Ashley and Kevin are so talented, I was lucky to be able to work with them at such a young age. Ashley and I sang a duet together, called True Love. During filming for the song, Ashley and I would sit together at the Piano in between takes, and she would show me this book of flowers that she was looking through, trying to decide what flowers to grow at her home."
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"She was so kind to me, included me in everything we did together on set, and is still one of the most genuine actors I have been lucky to work with. Her voice is also incredibly calming, so as a young child on set, she was someone I looked up too, and strived to be like."
And of course, working with Kevin Kline on a daily basis made a true impact on her young acting career, as well. “Kevin is amazing, he made me feel so special during filming, even though he was this talented, lead actor, he was so humble and kind that you almost forgot who he was, he was like a friend. When my mother and I went to the after party after the NYC premiere, Kevin saw me and came up to me and gave me a big hug and spun me around – I will never forget this moment! Working with both Kevin and Ashley taught me to always treat everyone with equal respect, no matter how important they are, or what their role is."
She continued to perform and keep her love for acting alive through high school. Since her father's relocation, she's lived on three different continents by the age of 15, but always knew that she would find a way to bridge the gap between being a child actor and the big goals she still had for her career as an adult.
The coolest takeaway for me though, it how much she has learned about being a girl boss at a young age and what building her own brand from the start really means. “If you want something to be done, you have to do it yourself. I've realized how much work goes into promoting a brand, especially if you're working on your own, or promoting yourself. My experience has taught me that the film industry has so much to do with self-promotion and networking, that marketing and branding come along with that hand in hand."
And of course, she's already learned to be ready for big things at any given moment. “There is never any down time in this industry, things come up so quickly, that if you miss them, they will pass you by. Its constant hard work, constant marketing and dedication to ensure that you are able to elevate your career to the next level," she shared.
After attending the University of Delaware, earning a degree in business marketing and theatre and has now in her twenties is living New York City to pursue her dream full time - but not without taking what she learned in business school and applying it to her acting career. “My training in branding and marketing helped me develop a plan for exposure, and well as a financial plan in order to be the most successful I could be. I developed the social media skills to drive demand and create an interest in myself and my brand through the various projects I did whether that be in modeling, theatre, TV, or film. During my early start, I did research online to get work for myself, and consistently tried to reach influencers in the industry. I researched from the ground up and since then have been very successful in differentiating myself among the competition in my industry. As I got busier, I continued to develop my brand through building up my social media, exposure, and networking."
Moving to the city and following her heart has turned out to be the best for her, as she has landed a host of modeling gigs, performed in several off-Broadway shows and has been wracking up some impressive film and TV credits including “Oceans 8" and “Orange is the New Black," among many others. She's currently landed a lead role in a thriller and couldn't be more excited about the upcoming experience, “I'm currently working on a new movie that's filming up in Michigan over the next month. The film is a thriller, shot at a secluded cabin in the woods- I am so excited about this, as this is my first time acting as a lead in a thriller, and it will be made into a feature this coming year!"
Her one piece of advice for women looking to make it on the big screen is, “never say no to an opportunity. You never know what that opportunity may bring you, who it could lead you to meet, what it could expose you to, and what it could do for your future."
Personally, I am over the top excited that we are on the cusp of turning the page on not only a new year but also on a new 10-year window of opportunities and possibilities!
You may be thinking, whoa…I am just embracing the fall season…yikes… it is tough to think about a new decade!
Yet it is this groundwork, this forward thought that you put in place TODAY that will propel you and lead you into greatness in 2020 and beyond. Designing a new decade rests in your ability to vision, in your willingness to be curious, in your awareness of where you are now and what you most want to curate. Essentially, curating what's next is about tapping into today with confidence, conviction, and decision. Leading YOU starts now. This is your new next. It is your choice.
Sometimes to get to that 'next', you need to take a step back to reflect. Please pardon my asking you to spend time in yesterday. Those who know me personally, know that I created and continue to grow my business based on enabling the present moment as a springboard for living your legacy. So, indulge me here! True, I am asking you to peek into the past, yet it is only in order for you to bring the essence of that past forward into this moment called NOW.
One of the best ways to tap into what's next is to clarify what drives you. To design a new decade, ask yourself this question about the past ten years:
What worked? What were my successes?
Make a list of your achievements big and small. Don't type them, but rather use ink and paper and sit with and savor them. Move your thoughts and your successes from your head, to your heart, to your pen, to the paper. Remember that on the flip side of goals not attained and New Year's resolutions abandoned, there was more than likely some traction and action that moved you forward, even if the end result was not what you expected. Once you have a full list of a decade's worth of personal and professional accomplishments, think about how this makes you feel. Do you remember celebrating all of them? My guess is no. So, celebrate them now. Give them new life by validating them. Circle the successes that resonate with you most right now. Where can you lean into those accomplishments as you power into the decade ahead?
Now comes a tougher question, one that I used myself in my own mid-life reinvention and a question I adore because in a moment's time it provides you with a quick reconnect to your unique inner voice.
If it were 10 years ago and nothing were standing in your way, no fear or excuses to contend with…what would you do?
Don't overthink it. The brilliance of this question is that it refocuses purpose. Whatever first came to mind when you answered this for yourself is at its core a powerful insight into defining and redefining the FUTURE decade. Bring your answer into the light of today and what small piece of it is actionable NOW? Where is this resonating and aligning with a 2019 version of yourself?
Then, based on your success list and your answer to the above question, what is your 2020 vision for your business and for the business of YOU?
Designing a new decade begins as a collection of 3,650 opportunities. 3,650 blank slates of new days ahead in which to pivot and propel yourself forward. Every single one of those days is a window into your legacy. An invitation to be, create, explore, and chip away at this thing we call life. One 24-hour segment at a time.
While you have a decade ahead to work on design improvements, you have the ability to begin manifesting this project of YOU Version 2020 right NOW. Based on exploring the exercises in this post, begin executing your vision. Ask questions. Be present. Let go of 2019 and the past 10 years so that you can embrace the next 10. Position acceptance and self-trust at the forefront of how you lead you. One choice at a time.
Don't get bogged down in the concept of the next 10 years. Instead position clarity and intention into each new day, starting today. Then chase every one of those intentions with an in-the-moment commitment and solution toward living a legendary life!