We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Kramer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Confidence always! 🙂 I have always worked on not letting all the little irrational fears that everyone has get in the way of putting myself out there and trying to connect with others. I also think it’s good to always try and care a little less about what other’s think. When you unapologetically do you people don’t see the point in trying to counteract that because you’re making it clear that you don’t bother with anyone else’s standards but your own. Finally, I always set high standards for myself because otherwise I feel like I wouldn’t be accomplishing anything since the greatness of this industry lies in what you can bring to the table that is different.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There is so much more to modelling than what meets the eye and yet what meets the eye is all that modelling really comes down to. There is a lot of grey area between what is personal and when something is purely business. It can be really hard to decipher sometimes whether you are working with people because they just want your look or if they also enjoy working with you because of your mindset or personality on set. I think this is one of the challenges that I still face every now and again because while it is easy to just say “well don’t take anything personally, it’s just about looks so don’t overdo it,” there is still so much more to this work when you are actually on the job. And of course you need to be providing a good product but it recently has become more and more of an expectation that as a model you should be sharp and smart in the presence of the team. That being said, you never want to come off as a know-it-all and so for me, I always try to walk into new spaces and relationships with an open mind leaving space for adjustments when needed and I have found that this has been the most graceful way of combining brains and beauty and being successful in this industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For starters, say the person is interested, I would definitely invite them to go on some hikes with me. Colorado’s beauty and fresh air is what draws in so many people and it is something I would feel the need to share. If we had one fancier, maybe a little more pricy, dinner for the week I would suggest the Root Down. Incredible food and atmosphere for a price that is worth it and still fairly affordable if we are talking about treating yourself for one night. Finally, and one of my favorite things to do when going to any city is an escape room. Denver has many adorable little escape rooms ranging in difficulty and it is so much fun to just immerse yourself in these fun little worlds and working with others, getting your mind going, to figure out how to complete each puzzle. Highly recommend Mystic Escape Room over in Littleton.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I had to give a shoutout to Dana Schoonove, the owner of an incredible and successful boutique: Never a Wallflower. She is essentially running a one woman show out there and absolutely killing it! She has also given me immense support throughout our years of working together. Thanks Dana! -T
Main personal pic by Rebecca Grant,
All other images by Connor Hibbs, Jonny Edward, Caitlyn Harris, Mondo Larios and Jonny Edward.