More Than You See 7: 4.07 Maturing As A Young Artist, People-Pleasing, & Vulnerability in Self-Promotion with Taylor Blackwell 

 October 18, 2023

By  Deborah Lee Smith

Episode 7 of the More Than You See Podcast highlights young multi-hyphenate artist Taylor Blackwell.

We have a great discussion about growing up in the entertainment industry, people pleasing, maturing as an artist, the vulnerability of self-promotion, prioritizing real life, and how to nurture inner peace as a multi-hyphenate.

About Taylor:

Taylor Blackwell (they/she) was born September 1st, 1998 in West Palm Beach, Florida. They are an actor, artist, musician, writer, and director. Taylor has 45+ film and television acting credits, has appeared in 70+ commercials, and has done dozens of stage/voiceover work. Their most recent on-screen credits include FX’s “Mayans M.C.”, Showtime’s “American Gigolo”, and Syfy’s “Resident Alien.” They wrote/directed the short film “Walk on By”, starring Alex Désert and the late great Burt Reynolds. Taylor co-founded the band “the tenth” with Harley Quinn Smith, together releasing an EP and an album. Taylor is currently working on their second second solo album – the first, “In Memory of Haroldine”, was released in 2021. Taylor sings and plays guitar, accordion, and keys.

You can follow Taylor on Instagram here.

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New here? Every Wednesday join me, Deborah Lee Smith (actor, filmmaker, and mental health advocate) for a conversation on mental health like you’ve never heard before. My platform, More Than You See is dedicated to exploring nontraditional mental health resources to help you build your own emotional wellness toolkit. I absolutely discuss therapy, the importance of medication, and highlight organizations around the world devoted to destigmatizing mental health, but I also focus on books, personal practices, podcasts, TED Talks, etc., because here’s the thing… I’m not a licensed practitioner or therapist. I’m just a woman exploring my own journey with mental health and sharing my experiences and the experiences of the community with you, the listener. Join me for a weekly conversation every Wednesday that will be sure to bring a smile to your face and help you feel a little less alone. Because we’re all More Than You See.

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Deborah Lee Smith

Hi there! I'm an actor, producer, and writer who is devoted to storytelling and mental health awareness. After struggling through my own mental health, I found that non-traditional resources, like the ones we explore on More Than You See, helped me immensely get through my dark times. Thus, this website and podcast were born! I look forward to helping you gain agency over your mental health journey as you build your own toolkit of resources, tips, and ideas. Because you never know what might help pull you out of the darkness, and we are all More Than You See.   

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