We had the good fortune of connecting with Tai Beasley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tai, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My whole life, I’ve been surrounded by adults who seem to be stuck in a cycle of work, provide, sleep, repeat- and they often don’t even like the jobs that they have. Unfortunately with the way in which we’ve chosen to structure our society, we work for most of our lives. I simply refuse to spend the precious time that I have in this physical body doing anything that isn’t soul fulfilling to me. Art has always ignited a fire in me…whether it’s acting, modeling, being an influencer on social media, or anything in between, I want a career that doesn’t feel like anything but living out my passion.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently, my art consists of acting and modeling as a microinfluncer on social media. I was dramatic since I came out of the womb, so acting has always felt more primal than anything for me. I took dance as a kid, and the butterflies that I got from creating art with my body on stage never left me. I get so much fulfillment from making others feel, so I realized pretty quickly that this was my dream. From there, I dipped my toe into the world of theatre in middle school, and really started taking it seriously in high school. I competed in district and state competitions in both theatre and chorus, starred in an award winning student film, was president of my drama class and club, and acted in a plethora of musicals and plays both in school and at a local theatre center. Now, I’m a theatre BA major with a minor in Psychology at FSU, and am currently studying abroad in London to further my skill set as an actress. I got into modeling as a kid as well, only doing small scale shoots with family members. Once I got social media though, I took a great interest in being an influencer, and started reaching out to different brands to model and promote for them. I’ve always wanted a platform to inspire self love and advocate for my beliefs, and had an artistic eye in terms of style and aesthetics, so it just worked! Within both arenas, lack of diversity is unfortunately still an obstacle for people who look like me. As a black woman, I’ve experienced racially biased casting for shows and selection for brand collaborations, and it can be extremely discouraging. However, what’s always set me apart from others is my resilience- I won’t give up on what I want. If you try to silence my voice, I’ll just use a megaphone. I’ve definitely learned that as long as you keep picking yourself back up, you’ll get where you were supposed to go. I hope to take both of my passions forward more professionally in the future-especially acting on film.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I know this series is based in Miami, but I grew up in Coral Springs, so I’ll talk about places around both areas. The first stop for the best week of their lives is obviously the beach. I love Pompano Beach especially, because there’s this secluded area that you can go to that’s great for relaxing and having great conversations. My dad, Troy Beasley, is also the executive chef of Beach House, an amazing restaurant right on the water there (shameless self plug, love you dad). Speaking on food, I’d also take them to Suviche- a bomb sushi and ceviche place in Miami. (I’m pescatarian, so I know all the good seafood spots;) I’m a sucker for sunsets, so we’d definitely have to bring art supplies and paint while we watch the sun go down at the Everglades Levee in Coral Springs. As your best friend, I refuse to let us hang out without taking the best pictures of you, so we’d go to the Miami Design District or Lincoln Road next. I’ll always love Wynwood for its art and photo ops as well, and there’s so many unique places to eat, shop, and see sights there. I’m also really into spirituality, and The Alchemist in Wilton Manors is a great spot that combines that ambiance with all of the above! It’s always good vibes when I go there. Raw Addiction in Coral Springs makes one of the best açaí bowls I’ve ever had, and Jeremiah’s Italian is one of my favorite places to get dessert. Bam: best week ever.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I absolutely owe my confidence in myself to continue pursuing my passions to my parents! They’ve always instilled in me that I am smart, beautiful, kind, and can do anything that I set my mind to. I also have very supportive family and friends who push me to take risks and constantly show that they love and believe in me. You guys know who you are, and I’m so grateful. I love you!
The Cinderella musical photo with other girls: Bruce W. Palmer The photo of me as a “forest fairy”: Lidya Sezer The photo of me in pink with another model for Strike Magazine FSU: Layla Matthews The photo of me with flowers behind: Melissa Piontkowski The bikini photo: Angelica Pascoe