Actress of the Year

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I had the pleasure of interviewing an Actress/Model on the rise, from Stockton California the great Taylor Hurles. We discuss her glorious career from the beginning to the present, and the many great opportunities the future has in store for her.

Tell me about yourself.
I am from Stockton California, and I am a young mommy. I attend UCSB for Film and Media Studies; I will be graduating this June! Hell Yes! I am currently applying to grad school my top picks are NYU, JULLIARD, and UCLA lets cross our fingers and hope I get into one of those schools. I have been working hard for many years, and I am ready for it to pay off.

Lets begin with Modeling, how would you describe your personal style, Where do you pull your inspiration from?
My personal style comes from Hip-Hop/ Indie/ 1970s-90s era/genres. I usually think of outfits that I can put together in my head and then watching movies or listening to songs inspires me. For example when rappers will say things like when BIG said “I stay Coogi down to the socks,” I’ll think of like buying a Coogi sweater and matching it with some distressed jeans, and some Nikes or something. Basically just observing the music I listen to, movies etc.

Who are some of your favorite models and designers, and why?
Adriana Lima is absolutely beautiful. And as for as designers, I do not really have any specific favorites if I like something I just like it.

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Which fashion magazines, websites, blogs, and catalogs do you visit most often?

I like to read Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine, Vogue, Parents Magazine (where I get ideas for my son etc.)

It is my understanding you are working on a documentary, as a filmmaker what’s harder: getting started or being able to keep going?
I would say being able to continue is the hardest part, finding funding, finding equipment, people etc. You want quality work and to get quality it costs. However, there are ways to minimize costs, I YouTube things or do research when I find myself trying to overcome and obstacle. You honestly have to just get out there and do it though, if it is what you love you just have to work with what you have and if it’s meant the rest will come.

When inspiration is waning, when you feel creatively sapped, what do you do? How do you stay fresh?
What I do is watch movies or television shows I enjoy that have good writing, and cinematic messages. I get inspired easily by films and TV shows. This fuels my desire to continue all around. I see styles I like in movies and try to recreate the outfits in a new way for shoots, and I also get new writing ideas from watching movies. Some of my favorite movies are Blow, Liberal Arts, The Godfather, ALL of the Adam Sandler movies, Home Alone TV favs are House of Cards, Full House, The Office.

Why do you think there are so few women in filmmaking?
I guess it depends on what aspect. There are a lot of female writers, casting directors, and producers. I think that as far as directors, there are a lot of male directors, but in order to get the films out there you need a strong producer, so women have the tougher job sometimes in the background pulling everything together.

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There are new stories everywhere we look. There are a million ways to say the same thing and make it fresh. What I do is I think of the greatest possible thing that could happen to character, or the worst possible thing, and then I continue the story in that direction. Sometimes hyperbolizing situations helps you think of new insights. I also use empathy to try and feel and do what the character would do in a situation or in a story in order to create new character obstacles. Often things that happen to people in real life make for the best fictional stories.

Naturally, being in filmmaking led you into acting, What are your career goals as an Actress?
Acting was my first love, and filmmaking has impregnated me with desire to make that dream a reality. My career goals would be either to continue professional training with and MFA, and get an MBA to manage myself and receive private training as well. I want to be a real actress not a reality show star but someone who makes you remember why movies became such a rich entertainment for this country, because they make you feel something real. I want to act in movies, write movies, and develop movies like that. That is my goal.

What motivates you to act?
Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Sandler, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling, Samira Wiley… the list goes on but watching these actors is like magic. It brings me back to my first love.

Who is your favorite actor? Why?
Johnny Depp. He came from nothing and he is one of the biggest stars because of his talent. He is always in touch with his characters and from an actors standpoint it is difficult to build an emotional connection with your characters, but he does it, every time.

If you could take on any movie role from the past, who would it be and why?
I would be Rachel McAdams in the Notebook because it was such a good heartfelt role. To be in love on screen and make others feel that would be amazing.Headshot1editedPicture by V. Margarita-

What sort of acting roles do you hope you are performing in the future?
I would like to act for film and Broadway.

It’s always fun to ask this question; if not a model or actress, what line of work do you think you would be in?
I would probably be in financial planning, or business owning. I am good at managing things and giving people advice and both of those careers rely on those aspects.We all hear so often about the lack of original stories in the world. That we’ve all “seen it before”. How do you stay fresh in the face of an idea like that?

Are you working on any current projects whether it is in filmmaking, acting or modeling?
I am working on developing a mystery/horror film, and the documentary Streets of Stockton. I am also planning an autobiography called Hoodrat Tendencies!

How can your fan check out your work and stay up to date with your accomplishments?
Fans can follow me on instagram @taylluvia, and my website will be up soon. I am also a columnist for Uloop, which is an online newspaper for college students, take a peek at my articles!

Thank you for your time Taylor. Any final message to the fans?
My final message is to follow your dreams, and get educated. Education can be a way out if you come from an impoverished community with little resources and even if you don’t still educate yourself about what you want to do. The people who succeed are the ones who live and breath what they love and they never stop. Don’t let people tell you who you are, create who you are with what you love.

Ways to get connected with Taylor:

Instagram: @taylluvia

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Daisy CS

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