January 2012 started off with me homeless. I’d written yet another script, met with Channel 4 Execs and hoped for the best. Good news came mid January, where I worked at the now sadly demised T4. I witnessed all the backstage antics of Saturday morning television sharing corridors with Labrinth, Alexandra Burke, Stooshe, Emeli Sande and also made Ashley Walters a coffee.
In February I spent a lot of time up and down in lifts, working as part of the Repeats and Reversions Unit at BBC Television Centre, visiting Channel Schedulers; most of whom for various reasons are no longer there.
Soon after, I started work on a self -shot coming of age taster for BBC Three, after which I landed a job in BBC Factual Development. I picked up valuable life skills, by working on a taster for BBC One looking into the world of Crufts and Dog Grooming. As I had so much work to do, I decided it was time to get over my love for CSI as obsessive viewing made me have weird sadistic dreams. Instead I watched programmes like My Murder and wrote my first TV critique.
In March, I secured a place at a hostel in Camden, and then spent a lot of time ‘working’ from home. I gasped at the media frenzy that was Kony 2012 only to see it fizzle out just as quick. I visited Celtic Manor (again).
In April, I landed my first Researcher role and hounded people to come on a talk show for a Sky Channel. I frantically put together scripts for guests such as, Founder of Gok Wan-Approved ‘Gossip School’ Natasha Devon, Rapper Ty, Broadcasters Jasmine Dotiwala, Ortis Deley, ITN’s Charlene White and after several borderline harassment phone calls to Sports Guru, Rodney Hinds, I persuaded him to do a phone interview. (Also got American Pastor, Mike Scruggs on the phone to explain why he thought having a stripper’s pole in Church was a good idea for his sermons).
May, I finally left London again, went to Brighton and enjoyed the one week of sun that graced the UK.
I was then fortunate enough to attend my first ever listening party, Chapter V by Trey Songz. He actually came over to my seat and said hello to me (faints), and I gorged on Mini Cheese Burgers and Champagne alongside some of the best DJ’s that London has to offer, including DJ Trevor Nelson and DJ Swerve.
The next week seemed to be a dream, as I interviewed Last King of Scotland, The Help and Rise of the Planet of the Apes A-lister, David Oyelowo about his latest film, Red Tails. Never have I ever seen a place as nice as The Soho Hotel and I’m pretty sure I made that clear to David and his PR. Next came the interview of my dreams, with Cheryl at The Langham. I had just under three hours to prepare for my interview with Chezza, and unbeknownst to my Editor I spent most of that time, choosing an outfit, doing a face mask and bouncing off my bedroom walls to her latest single- a routine I still practice daily.
In June I sold my first (actually second) car, the beloved 206 which since bought in 2007 had probably seen more Camera Kit than a SIS OB Truck. In July I celebrated my 23rd Birthday at Meat Liquor with some of my nearest and dearest, had a quick chat with up and coming rapper Maxsta and went to Dover for the day.
In August I attended the Paralympic Games and witnessed Houssein Omar Hassan’s determination and courage to fight through pain to finish his 1,500m run. This man showed me that you can never have a reason to give up. Proudly, alongside 80,000 others, I rose to a mexican wave style standing ovation as he finished his 11 minute ordeal around the track. I was also there to see Richard Whitehead win a Gold Medal in the 200m T42 Final on the same day.
In September, I started this blog to document my life as it seemed to be going by so fast.
I got the chance to enter Houses of Parliament to interview David Blunkett. This was work for The Princes Trust Policy and Strategy Department, supported by News International. Tables turned and I was interviewed and featured in News International’s internal Newspaper with the headline, “Listen Up- This Is So Taylor-Made!”
I added two more print articles to my belt, featured in the MOBO Awards Liverpool 2012 Magazine.
In October I was transported back to April 2011 where it all began, and found myself doing the first job that got me my break in TV, but this time for more money. I also got a chance to witness a real life fashion shoot, where I was assistant to the Creative Director of Rewind Creative Media for the Face of JD Sports Winter and Outside Billboards Campaign.
In November, my Granddad Vinny passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and I left London again to be with my family in Birmingham.
Later, I became a Journalist at the Community Channel, where I was extremely lucky to attend the Spirit of London Awards, which reminded me of my own humble beginnings.
So in 2013? What can you expect from Miss Taylor? Considering that at the start of 2012 I didn’t have a home, or money in the bank, “any dream will do”.