Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Patrick.
Hi Taylor, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I always seem to downplay my story! I’m coming to realize that I shouldn’t; it’s based on resiliency and a deep passion for creating.
I lost someone extremely important to me back in 2013, and I needed an outlet for my grief that wasn’t just me spending days in bed or shutting the world out.
I went to a craft store to grab some new pens and sketchbooks to maybe just spend my day’s lettering and lightly drawing as I do when I came across a metal stamping aisle. curious as to what it was, I floated down and just let myself get lost in it.
Having absolutely zero ideas or experience with this type of craft, naturally, I bought everything that looked like I needed to get started- ha! I immediately began hammering the moment I walked into my door–hammering things like words of motivation to keep myself going, important dates, quotes, and memories from that person.
From there, love and a positive outlet began to grow. I spent two years straight doing it and just letting the pieces pile up. I’d randomly leave them places in little gift bags with positive notes attached. I often wonder how many people have them on their keychains and still don’t know they came from me… I don’t mind. Not long after this, I graduated undergrad and began my career, and got a bit busy.
My “little” hobby/passion got put to the side for random times of boredom or overwhelming thinking. Fast forward to 2020. We all know what that means. I had plenty of downtime at home, confused about the state of the world, and I decided to pick my hammer and pieces back up! I’m so glad I did. I jumped right back in like I’d never taken a pause. I began expanding on my writing as well. My degrees are in English/writing, so to put the two together was (and is) absolutely amazing for me.
Today, I would call myself a CEO. I used to read that about myself and cringe and think I wasn’t worthy of that title; but, I surely am. I started my online e-commerce in November 2020, and I haven’t looked back since. My business/shop has grown SO much and has brought me so much joy.
I have fulfilled over a thousand orders, and I’ve loved every single one. I put my heart and soul into every piece I make, and I love connecting with my customers and the community that I write and advocate for. Being a Black, gay, woman is tough in business, but I enjoy working as hard as I do and proving things to myself to keep going.
I don’t do this for anyone else; however, I do enjoy connecting and creating for others. ultimately, though, it’s for me. I owe it to myself and the me who wouldn’t have always been there to see this.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t been the smoothest road! But, it has all been one big learning experience. Whether I learned more about my craft, how to navigate business or the realness of the challenges this world presents for people like me, I’ve learned a lot.
I used to have the biggest fear when it came to marketing, especially marketing myself because I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to buy things from me. Needless to say, I definitely surprised myself with my amazing marketing skills! I didn’t know I had it in me, but I can say I’m REALLY good at it, and I have no shame in saying it.
I have learned that the blogging and market industry isn’t really set up for people (especially women) that look like me, and I’ve had a lot of pushback and reminders of it along the way… it hasn’t stopped me.
It fuels me. I often see people that look the opposite of me doing the exact same work that I do but with excessive machines and not as personable and they still sell more… and sometimes that’s just the way it is. However, I don’t let it stop it. I stay true to myself and my brand, and the stuff sells itself.
Space was a pretty big challenge for me originally! When I first started, I was working out of my tiny basement in my small DC condo. It was cramped and it was a loud process, constantly hammering metal. It was also a little stressful working in the same place where I rested, live, ate, and functioned. That caused a strain on me at times.
Thankfully, we moved to somewhere a little bigger and I was able to set aside an entire space for my shop, and that helped so much! I don’t associate home with work anymore and that was key.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I think what sets me apart from others (not everyone) is that you can consistently see me showing up in all of my works, products, engagements, etc.
The me you see is 100% the same me you get in real life. People who have never met me or even talked to me online continue to shop with me because they say opening my packages (their orders) feels like a warm hug and a conversation they didn’t even know they needed.
I put a lot of personal touches into every order, and I think my customers can tell that I’m not doing it to win the other, but I’m just genuinely being… me. I’m giving things that I know I’d want as a human and customer and someone interacting with another human.
I think my writing is extremely personable, relatable, and real. I don’t show up online for the numbers and the approval. I show up to write about a journey that I know many people have experienced and may be currently walking through it. I write for those who need someone to relate to. I write for the younger me who needed to know I wasn’t alone in this world.
I specialize in truly everything I do! My writing is beautiful and touching, and it speaks for itself. I’m known for my goofy, sarcastic, down-to-earth rhetoric on my Instagram (@taylorxpatrick) and my amazing metal accessories studio shop (@shoptaylorxpatricK), and my website www.taylorxpatrick.com.
I am a very small corner of this internet, but my chosen family and online community are truly so huge to my heart, and I’m forever grateful!
Who else deserves credit in your story?
I’ve had tons of supporters. I wouldn’t be where I am without the experiences I’ve had with others along the way. I have an amazing friend who helped me build and run my website.
I have an amazing support system of friends and chosen family who encouraged me, gave great advice, etc along the way to becoming a businesswoman and my own brand. they helped me see things in myself I didn’t want to accept and build on to share with the world. I’m thankful for their push, love, and constant support.
My best and favorite examples are my Aunts and my late Grandmother who both made full careers out of their deep passions. These two women made me who I am today, and they’ve never stopped supporting me.
- Metal tags starting at $15
- Handmade bracelets starting at $15
- Jewelry ranging from $15-45
- All customizable items begin at $10
- Website: www.taylorxpatrick.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/taylorxpatrick
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