NEW YORK, NY- I had previously interviewed a young man who I went to college with on another, small blog site, but because his story is so inspirational to youth and other young adults, I had to acknowledge him on a bigger platform.
There will always be those naysayers that will tell you that it takes hard work to get to the top and that you probably will never get there. However, we all know those nay-sayers are wrong. There are plenty of people, young and old, who have put in the hard work and effort, and are now reaping the benefits and watching their dreams come true. One of these individuals is Clark Atlanta University alumni, Kareem “The Dream” Taylor.
Mr. Taylor is native from Brooklyn, New York who is currently working as voice over actor. His career started to take off when he became the voice behind AT&T’s 'Brackets by Six Year Olds’ commercial campaign. He is also the founder of ‘Pillow Talk’, a radio show that he started while at Clark Atlanta University, which to this day is still doing well.
Some of Taylor’s other accomplishments include national commercials for CNN, DECON, Taco Bell, SEIU, Comedy Central and the list goes on. In addition to 'Pillow Talk' and his voice over career, he is also a contributor at AllHipHop.com.
What are you looking forward to in your career between now and the next five years?
I always look forward to growth and taking things to an entirely new level.
How did you know that your career would be in entertainment and doing voice overs?
I was in school for film and during my junior year, I realized I didn't want to make films anymore. It was something I lost interest in. At the same time, I was announcing pageants on campus. I started out doing it for free and soon people started asking how much I charge. So I came up with a price and it got higher and higher. Before that, it was just me and my friends joking around in the dorm with our voices.
My RA heard me and he became sort of like a manager and got me hired around campus. I started to look into the industry of voice overs and how to take it from campus to actually doing it on television. I was able to get in touch with a radio legend by the name of G. Keith Alexander who I've only spoken to once, but he gave me advice on how to get started and I just took it from there.
What advice do you have for youth and young adults who want to make their dreams come true, but they do not have the resources (or think that they do not have the resources) to help them get to where they need and want to be?
It’s all about perspective and being able to leverage an opportunity. There were kids in college who didn't understand how I landed an internship at Rainforest Films. They kept asking “How’d you get it? Did you know someone there?” The answer is no.
I went to a campus internship fair. The same internship fair you and all 4,000 of us had access to. I applied for an internship at Rainforest in the summer of 2008 and I received a nice rejection letter in the mail. I was crushed actually. But I stayed in contact with them and sent holiday cards. I was interested in building something long-term and I knew that staying in touch would help me do that. Almost a year later, I received a phone call offering me the position. For an internship that was supposed to last a semester, I interned there for a year and a few months.