We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Dante and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The actual amount of time and effort that goes into being a content creator. A lot of the time people look at a post online and think “how hard could that be”. Yet, what they do not see or think about is all the behind the scenes work. I recall a recent situation where someone asked me “why does it take you so long to create an Instagram post? You should try to get a video up in the next 15 minutes”. As I recognize each account is different for me personally that is not a realistic amount of time. Whether filming at home or at a restaurant you not only need to capture the content but piece it together afterward. Then once the video is done there comes all the additional details such as the caption, engagement, etc. Each creator has their process but regardless there is time and effort put into each post more than most people realize.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of TAYstyTravels, I share my personal experiences with both food and travel. Each day I post I am proud of TAYstyTravels and the content I put out. You have to be proud of your work because if you do not enjoy, love, and feel intrigued by what you post why would anyone else. In a pile of so many food and travel accounts what I find sets each of us apart is our point of view. Everyone captures a moment differently. I have learned that as important as it is to create good content it is just as important to create a relationship with your audience. Currently, I am trying to push myself more to go outside of my box, to post more videos, and to show more of my personality on my page. I just want to thank everyone for being part of my TAYsty journey thus far. Looking into the future I can only hope that more people continue to follow and enjoy TAYstyTravels.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I first read this question I thought it said to plan the best day ever which is a bit tricky as South Florida has so much to offer. Yet, planning out the itinerary for a week-long trip for any close friend be such a blast. Regardless if they have come down to visit before or not I always feel anytime someone comes to visit they should see a little bit of everything. As it is a week-long trip lets break it down a bit further. As I live in Broward I would take some time to show off this area with stops at Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale Beach, and Hollywood Beach which includes one of my favorite dessert spots Puffles. Perhaps even stop by some of the local breweries such as Gulfstream Brewery or Lauderdale. Each week Hollywood has a food truck night which I always love going to. Other stops that come to mind are Sister Sara’s Crab House, The Wilder, Batch Cookies, Notorious Creamery, Temple Street Eatery, and Blvd Kitchen. I would spend a day wandering around South Beach. If my friend had never been before I think it could be fun. I wouldn’t necessarily eat on the beach but there is a dessert shop called Icy n’ Spicy I love. There are plenty of cafes such as Bebitos which are just a couple minutes from the beach and super TAYsty. Perhaps even go by one of the hotel pools. Little Havana is always a great area to explore plus be ideal for a night out I would recommend Ball & Chain. I definitely would spend at least two days exploring the Wynwood/Design District area as they are so close to each other. Spending the day in Wynwood taking photos at all the colorful walls while sipping on drinks from The Mojito Company is always a great combo. Personally, I would finish off one of those days with an early dinner at Kiki’s On The River which is perfect because afterward, you can walk right over to the Wharf which is on the water. If in the Design District besides all the fabulous window shopping I recommend going into the Dior Cafe as it is a unique experience then having lunch at MC Kitchen it is one of my favorite restaurants. A tip is to go for lunch as that is when they have their “Brussel Sprouts Black Truffle Pizza” trust me it is delicious. To end the week of adventures I would spend a day in the Coconut Grove/Coral Gables area. Depending on the time of year the Venetial Pool or Vizcaya Gardens are always enjoyable. I always eat at Hillstone’s or Sapore di Mare then finish my meal with dessert at Vicky’s House. Truly I am not even sure if the above would do the city justice. I do know I would reflect back on my page TAYstyTravels for some tips!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I do believe that so many people whether in a big or small way have helped me to grow TAYstyTravels. Yet, the first individual that truly comes to mind is my boyfriend Nicolas. Not only because he is someone who has believed in me, my work, and the passion I have for TAYstyTravels. More importantly, because he challenges me each day to try to learn something new. We constantly look back at old posts and to truly see the change gives us both so much joy. Plus, most of the time he is the one holding up my camera light or helping me get that perfect cheese pull. He definitely needs a round of applause. #Instagramboyfriendoftheyear
Credit: Taylor Dante – TAYstyTravels