Snakes, Salamanders and Alligators! Oh My!

Taylor is one of those genuine people you don’t find all the time. She doesn’t pretend to be anything she’s not. She’s what I like to call a gem.

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Slithering Snakes Say Ssssssss

Taylor is like the Bindi Irwin of Hygge. One time she showed us a video of a hawk eating some baby birds close by. It was sad and beautiful at the same time. #nature

Check out her holding a variety of creatures:

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Rockabye gator.


Salamanders are fun. Apparently this one is called a Hellbender.



Taylor’s dad is a herpetologist (studies amphibians and reptiles) so she grew up embracing wildlife. I’m not saying she tried helping me capture a lizard one time, but I’m not saying she didn’t either.

Taylor’s Background

Taylor went to Wingate University. If you don’t know where that is, it’s in the tiny town of Wingate about an hour away from Charlotte. I know where this is because I grew up seven miles from there. Raise the roof!

You can learn a little bit more about Wingate in this welcome video:

P.S. — Don’t listen to how they say Wingate. It’s pronounced Win-gut to locals.

Taylor was born in Idaho and has lived in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Monroe and of course, Wingate. But now she is settled in Plaza Midwood and loving it.

She’s a Working Girl

Taylor is a production assistant with Susie Films, a full-service, pitch to post-production company based out of Hygge. They do amazing work.

She helps Susie Films with projects like “Handcrafted America,” a TV show on INSP hosted by Jill Wagner. They travel across the country to highlight talented, local artisans who make things with their own two hands. “Handcrafted America” even featured Stan Fraser who designs and makes custom jeans across the street from Hygge!

Susie Films also does all the programming for the 100 Words Film Festival where every film is 100 words long.

But Taylor does other things too, like helping out with this Bojangles’ video and NASCAR shoots.

Living. The. Dream.

While she’s still new to the industry, Taylor says it’s a close-knit, supportive community.

“It’s cool to see how many cool, different, weird, very, very unique people are drawn to the same industry,” she says.

And who doesn’t like a relaxed dress code?

“If you’re good at your job, you can wear whatever you want,” she says. “It’s all about your work ethic and what you put forth and bring to the table.”

Wise words.

If you want to follow her on Instagram and see all her animal photos, you’re out of luck. She doesn’t have one. But maybe you will see her around town, or in various cities across the country, or maybe if you’re really lucky—handing out free Bojangles’.

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