We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Berry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think of risk more like stepping out on faith. If there are other opportunities available or you’re not happy in your current role take a risk and try something new if you’re able to. A few years ago I was working a job where I didn’t feel challenged or fulfilled. I wasn’t growing and overall just wasn’t happy. As much as I was ready to leave, I was still terrified (no one knew) of leaving. There’s something about excelling in your role and being nervous to start fresh, but I’m really big on getting out of my comfort zone and always trying to better myself. I took the risk and stepped out on faith and landed a new gig. I have no regrets and honestly, the move has opened many doors for me.Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am currently a Producer at Fox 26 News. I produce the Isiah Factor Uncensored which also airs on Fox Soul. I’d have to say what sets me apart from others is my attitude, work ethic, and ability to continuously evolve and adapt based on where I am. Getting to where I am today has been a journey and at times I didn’t understand why I was going through some of the struggles I’ve been through but it all prepared me for today. I’ve overcome many challenges through prayer and the guidance of my parents and mentors. Along the way I’ve learned to never give up, always have faith, never compare your journey to someone else’s, and most importantly shoot your shot which is something I genuinely live by. I’m most proud of that I’ve been able to stay true to myself no matter my work environment and not accepting “no” for an answer. So many people will say when you finish school you won’t be able to walk into certain rooms, well I never let that hold me back. There’s no room to big for me, and I always try to carry that energy with me. Most importantly I’m proud that I was able to identify my true passion my senior year in high school and luckily that flame is still burning.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I myself am rediscovering Houston in my adult years. I went to college in New Orleans so being back home as an adult has been interesting. It’s almost like I’m seeing parts of Houston myself for the first time. Houston is my hometown so I’m a fan of places like The Breakfast Klub, Turkey Leg Hut, obviously have to get my Tex-Mex and BBQ in so Gringos is always a move for me or the hometown classic Ninfas. Burns BBQ & Tejas Choclate & BBQ is always a move. I’m big on vibes, so pre-pandemic, I’d love sitting out at Tiny’s Milk & Cookies, Present Company, the Lost and Found Bar, and if my friends are in town I’ll entertain a picnic at Buffalo Bayou Park. I say entertain because if you know me you know I do prefer being inside with the air conditioning (lol) I love that our city always has pop-up bars, or art exhibits. There’s so much to do here for everyone and I love constantly exploring and trying to find new things here.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
So many people have helped me get to where I am today. My parents have taught me and continue to teach me so much. I am extremely fortunate to have them guide me and support me through life. I also have to shoutout my sister, who supports all my crazy ideas. Honestly, this journey literally started my senior year in high school with my journalism teacher Mrs.Alexander. She made me realize this was the field for me. I still think it’s the craziest thing. There are several people along my college journey, from advisors to professors, coaches (I was a student-athlete) and so many others. I mean I don’t think people often take advantage of their college professors enough. One of mine, Mr. Will Peneguy is like a New Orleans legend and he helped me get my T.V. internship in New Orleans which helped me get back to Houston. (He was also one of my fave teachers) Nakia Cooper has been a great person in my corner along with Erin Garza a former colleague turned amazing friend. I also have to recognize all of my amazing friends who keep me encouraged and understand my crazy schedule. I am incredibly blessed to be surrounded by people who support me, listen to me go on and on about my goals, and help me figure out how to achieve them. It’s all about your village and I’m so thankful for mine.
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