Tristin Taylor | Actor
On first moving to L.A. and documenting his journey on social media:
In college, I used to carry this persona that I was such this serious person, so I decided that I needed to open up more. One thing that I notice in L.A. is that there are so many fake people, and I just wanted to be real because I come from Detroit, which is a real place. People come out here, they close off their journey, then the next thing you hear from them is the day they became successful. So I just told myself that I was going to be honest about my path.
When I first got out here, one of my close friends at Eastern set up an opportunity for me. She's from California and she told me that when I arrive, I should contact Lynn Allen Jeter who is one of the top publicists in the entertainment industry. So I set up a meeting with her, show up early, and I see LisaRaye sitting next to Lynn. The meeting actually turned into a mentoring opportunity! What's interesting is that I continue to meet people in L.A. who are from the Midwest and are willing to help me out. Even though I moved out to L.A. straight after graduation, which was tough, I knew had to make a way. I've worked too hard to turn back now.
On meeting celebrities and connecting with them beyond the scope of entertainment:
I look up to various actors such as Denzel Washington, Kevin Spacey, Forest Whitaker, James Earl Jones, Robert Di Nero, and Chadwick Bosman. Additionally, I'll never forget the moment when I met Larenz Tate. He's probably one of the coolest people that I met because he was so real, and he gave me tons of advice. He told me two things; One, stay true to myself, and the second one being, create my own work. A lot of people from his era are making their own work now because the business isn't the same anymore.
On the grind of being an actor:
I've very invested in my craft. I've been acting since I was a kid so this is really who I am. I've been doing pilots, taking acting gigs, and writing films since I've moved to L.A. I've also been putting my face out there more too because that's one of the biggest ways to get your foot in the door withing the industry. Right now, I'm in the process of writing a two-part book centered around my tough upbringing in Detroit and how I chose education over the streets. All in all, I'm truly addicted to elevating myself.
On his brand, "Be Iconic, Be Legendary:"
Truthfully, it's all about who you become in the end. What will that final product look like? That's all I think about when I make my posts on social media with the "Be Iconic, Be Legendary" hash-tag. It's an affirmation to myself of what I can do, and what I'm going to become. I say it every morning when I wake up. Young actors such as Tristan Wilds, Kofi Siriboe, Keith Powers, and Michael B Jordan and the above mentioned are prime examples of icons who are legendary in their own right. I won't stop until I'm mentioned alongside the great ones.