SS: Oh my goodness, wow! Wait, someone you didn’t know before?
TZ: Yeah, I met her in Nashville once, and then through friends she reached out to me and heard I was moving to Nashville.
SS: Wow! God is so awesome!
TZ: I know. And then I didn’t have the money for class–so I signed up for class without having enough money. I started the one class and then my dad called me a couple days later and said “Oh my gosh, you got a loan from the government. So take out another class.” I was like “ok, awesome.” So I was in school part-time–two classes. At the time I felt like I was crashing down. I hated being in school part-time because I had never been in school part-time. I was on the dean’s list in my other school 3 or 4 semesters in a row. I love school, you know what I mean? That just wasn’t normal for me. At one point I was working three jobs, I was working over 40 hours a week, I was co-writing, I was trying to get gigs and doing auditions and going to school. It was just… hard. Then over the summer I found out I didn’t have enough money for this coming year, and I was like “crap, this is my senior year!” So I was really crying out to God, “You called me here, so you say you’re a provider, and you are my dad, you are my defender so I need you to do something because if you don’t, then I don’t know what’s going to happen.” I started writing to the school and I told them my situation. I prayed and prayed and prayed and they told me so many times, “Taylor, so sorry there’s no money, nothing, anything.” One day I left the building and I God said, “you’re going to get a grant.” I was like “What?? YAY!!” So I called my dad and said “I’m gonna get a grant–I don’t see it yet, but I’m gonna get a grant!” So I go to California and I get a call from Belmont and they say “hey, we had this random money come in, and we’re just going to give it to you!”
TZ: That was great. It didn’t cover the whole cost but it helped a lot! I would not be in school right now if it wasn’t for that miracle.
TZ: Yeah, so in that process I’m so glad that I went through it because the grant factor really tested how bad do I want this? How much am I willing to trust God? How far am I willing to go for this dream? How far am willing to walk in the faith? And it’s so funny because now looking back a year ago, to be honest, I was in fear of a lot of things, of just messing up, of being silly on stage or anything. And now I’m at this point I have no room for fear. I don’t have time for it. I just don’t. I have this much time. And I have these things that God says I have that He’s given to me. and I can choose to go out and use it to the best of my ability. And I know I’m going learn from it and grow because If I’m not stepping outside of my comfort zone, I’m not growing. And I just don’t have time for fear.
SS: I love it!
TZ: Yeah, I’m just done with living with the lies of the enemy.
SS: That’s awesome and so inspiring for me. So what can we expect from you next?
TZ: Actually I’ll be performing out more. [Expect] more songs–I’m always writing. I’m writing for Bearhouse Writing Management. They book me shows and that’s great.
SS: Nice. This is a great journey for you. I’m so glad that you listened to God and stepped out on faith! Thank you for sharing your story with me.
TZ: You’re so welcome, this was so much fun!