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GUESS WHAT I DID?

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I’ve got a brand NEW website! Welcome to the brand new taylor-brock.com!

This was all done with the help of the wonderful team at Cator Social Media!  Hooray for them! They did a fabulous job!

Here you can find out all about me. Let me give you a tour:

1. Find out how I got into this business and check out me and my daughter horse back riding here.

2. Check out my latest acting reel, my updated resume and of course some pics over here.

3. Wondering what people have said about me? Oh no they didn’t! Actually, I’m grateful they did. Read more here.

4. Finally, I want to know what you’re thinking, so connect with me and sign up for my newsletter on this page. You’ll find out more about what I’m up to and I’ll be sharing cool resources with you too!

Thank you for being on this journey with me,  I couldn’t do it without YOU!

 

Success. Do you want it too?

Persevere Continue in a course of action even in face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.  Huh.

As I sit here with my delicious (Dunkin’ Donuts) cup of coffee and write this, the word PERSEVERANCE comes to mind.  I am all about sticking to “it”.  My motto: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”. 

I’ve chosen to pursue a professional path that actually personifies perseverance…acting.  There are mountains to climb, hoops to jump through, and  tons of rejection, but I love it, so I keep going.  I have to say, one must love it to endure even in the “face of difficulty”.  For me, that’s acceptable.  Then I read the second half of the definition… “with little or no prospect of success.” Huh, again!

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I have to believe I will succeed in order to continue.  That leads to what is success?  Oye.  Success:  The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.  This is definitely subjective.  My professional aim is  to keep acting in some form.  It morphs as the years progress.  Now I’m creating acting work for myself, but I would like to get more acting jobs with major TV shows and films.  I would like to be acknowledged for my acting ability.  Putting it out there Universe.  I will persevere.

NEXT, the WebSeries is Going Gangbusters!

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.25.11 PM.00_00_03_25.Still001NEXT, the WebSeries is streaming online and so far, we’ve received over 2600 fabulous ‘hits’ on YouTube with fabulous feedback! We are now submitting to film festivals!

We are starting an online campaign to raise more awareness of this original web series. We want to again please ask for your help in getting the word out by adding your Facebook and Twitter support.

It’s really easy. We’re  using a platform called Thunderclap to spread the message on Twitter and Facebook. Read More

The Gender Gap.

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 8.19.26 PMI’ve recently posted Video 2: Girls Go Geek?  and Video 3: The Gender Gap Exists. This is Why. on YouTube as part of my 3 video series on The Gender Gap in Tech.  I’ve produced these videos to highlight and start conversations about the lack of women pursuing and staying in  STEM careers compared to men, and the lack of women in leadership roles within these companies.

After posting these videos, particularly #2, showing young girls and one boy preferring girl teachers/principals and enjoying science (Video 1: Girls Go Geek? shows young girls liking math), conversations began.  Actually, the welcome responses received were from men, not women.  Interesting.

Some of the comments were that children were mainly exposed only to women as teachers and principals since approximately 76 percent of public school teachers are female so this is what’s familar.  Why do you think that’s the case?  Another comment referred to the lack of female CEO’s beginning with behavior early in life- with peer pressure; “girls can be very catty and clubby and want to fit in” which means hiding one’s intelligence. Could that be a message that young girls receive from adults?

The National Foundation of Science states, “66 percent of fourth grade girls say they like math and science, but only 18 percent of all college engineering majors are female.”  Girls get certain messages throughout their lives: to look beautiful, not to play rough and get dirty, math and science is for boys, girls don’t understand math and science, there are “more appropriate” careers for girls, girls raise children and take care of their families to name a few.

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 8.23.33 PMIn “What Women Know About Leadership That Men Don’t” by Tony Schwartz he says, “For the most part, women, more than men, bring to leadership a more complete range of the qualities modern leaders need.”  These qualities range from intellectual qualities to emotional ones.  Studies show women rating higher than men on a range of leadership qualities, including honesty, intelligence, compassion, and creativity as performed by the Pew Research Center. But, women fill only 24 of senior executive positions in Fortune 500 companies.

Research presented at a Women 2.0 conference showed that women-led tech companies are more capital efficient and achieve 35 percent higher return on investment, and, when venture backed, bring in 12 percent higher revenue than male-owned tech companies.  Women also run companies on two-thirds the funds of their male equivalents, yet receive only  about 4 percent of venture funds.  Does that make you go “Hmmmm?”

The number of women in tech is increasing, but ironically, as our world becomes more and more dependent on technology,  the fewer numbers of females in STEM related careers may mean fewer females in the workplace in the United States.

In our 5 episode scripted dramedy web series NEXT premiering at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on March 7, 2015 and on-line March 10, 2015  we break this gender gap barrier with a series written, directed, and produced by women about a female-led Silicon Valley tech start-up led by women!

Subscribe to this YouTube channel to view the web series on March 10th.

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Why Are There So Few Women in Tech?

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I interviewed a group of elementary school age girls on this video as it relates to my upcoming web series NEXT, a scripted dramedy in which I play the CEO, about a female led tech start-up in Silicon Valley on a corporate retreat where they must give up all their electronic gadgets and be left to their own devices.

Gender inequality in tech held positions is common and is due to a multitude of reasons. The video conveys the young girls’ love for math, but due in large part to sociological stereotypes, wavers as she ages.

Girls do just as well as boys in math throughout school. A few explanations for the ebb in a girl’s interest level are “math anxiety” which can be passed on to female students from female teachers, parents, peers, and media. The “nerd factor” associated with math and science at a time in a girls’ development when she is surrounded with images of cool, sexy, and attractive women being complimented for their appearance. And, girls are still being directed away from technology into “more appropriate” careers by relatives, teachers, and parents.

The Department of Commerce says that women fill about 50 percent of all jobs in the U.S. economy, but actually hold less than 25 percent of STEM positions (science, technology, engineering and math). Again, there are many reasons for this, but I believe it all begins with our young girls.

It is imperative that we encourage young girls to follow their interests in STEM related fields while providing them exposure to these areas. Our world is ever more dependent on technology and needs the contribution from all great minds. That’s why organizations like Goldieblox, Women2.0, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender Equality in Media  among others are so important.

Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and ‘thumbs up’ this video! Then share it. It’s an important message.

Stay Tuned…
Next webseries will be on YouTube Channel by March 10th, 2015!  Yay!!!

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