By Jessica Daniel
Young Urban Voices interviews talented model and actress Kenise Taylor for the Women in Business issue. Taylor has been modeling since she was a kid and now she is an actress, dancer, singer and songwriter working on launching her own business. Taylor was also featured in the Jet Magazine beauty of the week issue on April 2nd.
YUV: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Kenise Taylor: Hi, I’m Kenise Taylor, I grew up in Oxford NC but currently reside in Greensboro NC. I am a model turned actress, Gogo dancer, singer and songwriter. I love to be entertained but not as much as I love entertaining. I am a nurturing Virgo who lives, loves and laughs hard. I live for fun times and really enjoy the skin I am in!
YUV: How long have you been in the modeling and acting industry?
Kenise Taylor: I have modeled since [I was] a kid. I would do local fashion and talent shows. I was mainly into cheerleading and sports growing up even though everyone I would meet and my family members would always say “you should be a model.”
YUV: What led you to go into modeling?
Kenise Taylor: I started taking modeling more serious after I had my son in 2009. I worked extra hard to get my body back in shape and with in 3 months I was being published and featured online. I have never stopped the grind since then.
YUV: Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Kenise Taylor: My baby boy, well big boy now lol. He has been so supportive and his little smile lights my heart and makes me want to be better and show him he can be whoever he wants to be, but it takes hard work and dedication. I can’t see myself telling him all those things but failing to reach for my own dreams in the process. I have to show him and mommy loves him so much.
YUV: What do you like to do in your free time?
Kenise Taylor: I am in the process of launching my very own business which takes a lot of my free time, but when I do manage, I spend time with my son, friends and family. I also find comfort in the studio writing songs and making music.
YUV: What has been your biggest challenge you had to face and how did you overcome it?
Kenise Taylor: My biggest challenge is time management. Having a career in entertainment is fun and rewarding but it limits the amount of time you have to spend with loved ones which can be very difficult. I do my best to keep those close to me informed and involved in what I have going on, that way I can work and get that much needed family bonding time as well.
YUV: What advice would you give young women who aspire to live out their dreams?
Kenise Taylor: Never give up. You only get one life, so why not spend it doing what you love! Success is not a destination it is a long, hard, fun, sad, happy, rewarding, disappointing, love, hate, journey but so is everyday life. If you work hard enough you will see results! Educate yourself every chance you get and stay up on game. And remember you decide what legacy you will leave behind when you are gone! Also sometimes opportunities will not come to you… You may have to create them.
For more info on Kenise Taylor follow her on Instagram @kenisesway or on Facebook Kenise Taylor to stay up to date on the movies she will be featured in, the HBO Movie “Proverbs” and Horror Movie “Lake House.”