Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Sloan.
Hi Taylor, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
NUE Baltimore Magazine is an affiliate of NUE Magazine, owned by my Publisher, Richard Kalisher. NUE Baltimore is different from its affiliate publications due to the Baltimore market essentially being mine.
When I think of Baltimore, I do not just think about my college years that were spent partially at Loyola University Maryland. I think about what Baltimore City offers. Baltimore is art. Baltimore is culture. Baltimore is history. Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods; diverse, eclectic and beautiful.
Originally, I was asked to write for NUE Charleston, and by the point, I had decided to move from Charleston, South Carolina, where I had resided for a year and a half, to return to my beautiful home state of Maryland. Mr. Kalisher and myself chatted more and more about my background, as I previously held a newspaper column in Ocean City Today Newspaper (2016-2018) and I was a marketing coordinator for a boutique marketing firm in West Ocean City, Maryland (Fall 2018 to Spring 2019). I have a B.A. in English with a writing and rhetoric concentration and communication arts minor from Salisbury University (2014), and during my last semester, I held an internship at Ocean City Today Newspaper.
While growing up in Ocean City, Maryland and having to work since I have been 14 years old, my professional career actually began in the hospitality and food industries. One crucial thing about working in food and beverage is you become a listener. You listen to people’s stories about where they are from, and you learn how to have a genuine interest in their lives. From an umbrella stand attendant on the beach of 42nd Street, at the age of 14, to a server and bartender at Briar’s Creek Golf Club, located in Johns Island, South Carolina. I have worked in all realms of the service and hospitality industries, which gave me a keen interest in marketing.
In Charleston, I held a city-issued sole proprietor social media marketing and public relations license. I assisted with five different restaurants, and I piqued the public’s interest, not only for the food but for the environment and aesthetic each business offered. Of course, leaving Charleston had me dying to do something toward marketing, and the opportunity for NUE Baltimore came into existence.
At the time, I was healing from a terrible heartbreak, and by reaching out to the community and learning the stories of my features, I slowly started to heal. My goal as the Associate Publisher and Editor of NUE Baltimore is for people to see each other as humans again. I want the love and light of all individuals who work toward creating art, assisting the lower income communities, and those people who spread kindness, joy and happiness people in Baltimore who need it the most, be highlighted and recognized.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
NUE Baltimore has been kindly welcomed by most, but it is new. People are either welcoming of new, or they are terribly skeptical of something new, especially in today’s world of media. I do not consider NUE Baltimore “the press” or even media, by the way society defines it. It’s simply a side hustle that fell into my lap by the grace of God, my Publisher, and it has received recognition by the community by me breaking down that barrier.
One challenge is I am a one woman team. I have asked for a few photos and ads as far as supplemental content, mostly from NUE Charleston, some from NUE Denver, but it is mostly me. I am the associate publisher, editor, editorial content writer, fashion coordinator, feature interview scheduler, social media guru, and most importantly, the graphic designer.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I have always been independent. I was bullied and socially outcasted while growing up. Therefore my school work and success were my tickets to more. I know how hard I work, and the results by that work are reflective of me as an individual. If someone tells me “no,” in regards to an advertisement or feature interview, I say, “Ok, how can I get to their soul and connect with them for a yes.”
What matters most to you? Why?
I work to Glorify God. I believe my relationship with God is the only reason why I have gotten to the point I have. We as people are never thrown what we cannot handle, and I believe my ups-and-downs throughout my childhood, into my college years and now adulthood at the age of 28 years old has and always will be determined by God’s plan for my life. I also have a four-year-old nephew who I adore with my whole heart, and he is one of the reasons why I work hard for my success and for God’s glory.
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Cheetah Dress _ Kevin Gregg Photography