Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
With all of the excitement last week and the craziness that erupted after my Facebook post, I neglected to mention something else that happened to me!
So everyone's probably aware that I can never share specific information about things that happen at work, because some things aren't public information. However, I've been given special permission to share something amazing with everyone, so I am thrilled to be posting this here tonight...
At Disney World, there is a magazine that is published property-wide for Cast Members. On June 8th, I was absolutely honored to be featured in the magazine!
This magazine reaches over 65,000 Cast Members, and it is truly so special to be part of this issue. I never dreamed that I would be part of the magazine, no less after just eighteen months with the company!
Not only did I have an article written about me, but I also got to do an hour-long photo shoot! I felt like a celebrity... it was amazing!
Since I was given special permission to share the article, I took pictures of the magazine to include here. However, I'm not including it in its entirety. The photos of me are not going to be shared, since I'm in costume in the photos, and I've blocked out the name of my location anywhere it appears in the article. I've written before about working at Epcot, but I never post my specific location online. However, I hope you'll all still enjoy the article with those minor adjustments made...
Well? What do you think?
Everyone at work keeps calling me a celebrity... someone hung the article up so that all of the people with whom I work have been able to see it. It's kind of weird to walk past it everyday, but it is so amazing to have my story shared in the magazine.
I really hope that reading my family's story will inspire some other Cast Members to look into foster care. To know that my family may impact the lives of other Cast Members like that is a really incredible feeling.
Although I would love to share the names of the people who made all of this possible, I don't want to put someone's name in public if they would rather remain private. However, I will say that I worked with an incredible writer (she was great during our interview and throughout the entire process of putting the article together), a wonderful photographer (who managed to capture a really good photo of me, despite the fact that I hate having my picture taken), and a Cast Member who oversees the entire process (who also helped out during the photo shoot and made me feel comfortable). The magazine has an amazing team!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.