Today we’d like to introduce you to Naudia Taylor.
Hi Naudia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Doll squad came about as a hobby, I saw that so many people wanted to get their kids into acting and modeling, but there are not many opportunities here in St. Louis. The agencies here don’t guarantee jobs or exposure and are costly. I created Doll Squad to give the little brown girls in our community a platform to be creative and promote their talents to the world through social media. Social media has shown countless times that you can reach your dreams overnight with the proper attention. I created a platform where they can be seen and build confidence while making positive lasting friendships and experiences that will last a lifetime.
Can you talk to us about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If it has been an obstacle, St Louis is not known for support. We are just getting into the fashion world on a large scale. Every weekend it’s a fashion show, so now they see how amazing the youth is. However, opportunities are still limited; many of the available options go to those you know and are not based on pure talent.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Doll Squad Kids Club is a creative expressions club that uses modeling, Acting, Artist development, and media training as tools to build confidence in our young black girls. We also focus on building positive relationships among girls. We have a lovely following Facebook insight reaching 500,000 posts reaching Reels 10k-2mill+ views.
My objective is to produce a club full of kid influencers making a big busy online all over the world, getting paid for content, youtube, etc. My members, who are artists, get booked and paid for performances, which gives them a chance to live out their dreams now; the better they get and more exposure with social media they won’t need a big company behind them. Eventually, those companies will be reaching out to work with them.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, I have always been creative, an out-of-the-box thinker. My teachers always look at me as a leader. As a kid, my dream was to be in entertainment, acting, singing, etc. but living in Stlouis as a young black girl, we didn’t have much information on pursuing those goals.
- Doll Squad is a membership based program $150 a month per kid
- Website: Www.dskc.org
- Instagram: Www.Instagram.com/doll_squad_kids_club
- Youtube: Doll squad kids club
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