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Getting to know you… Taylor Glenn

If you’re a regular visitor to Standard Issue, you won’t need telling that we’re lucky enough to have a cracking team of contributors who we love dearly. We thought it was about time we let them introduce themselves properly. Please wave wildly to Taylor Glenn.

Taylor Glenn author picName: Taylor Glenn

Age: 30+

Location: London

Official job title: Comedian and writer

What was the first thing you wanted to be? A chef

When did you know you wanted to be what you are now? When someone videotaped me cooking at age seven and I liked performing better than cooking.

What’s your strongest memory from school/education? A Women in Film class I took in college. I wrote a paper about Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs and thought it would be fun to bring fava beans and Chianti to class to present it.

Nobody ate the beans because they were disgusting, and I was drunk delivering the presentation, because no one drank the wine but me. I got an A.

When you’re not working, what else do you like to do? Stacking blocks, watching Ben & Holly, hitting the playground. Sometimes my toddler joins me in these pursuits.

What has been your proudest creative moment to date? I had a sitcom script optioned recently. I hope to blast through the next 476 levels it takes to get a show made and see it come to fruition when I’m in my 100s.

What was your favourite day at work? I once did an outdoor gig in Croatia on top of a mountain overlooking the Adriatic next to these beautiful ruins as the sun set. The audience were absolutely amazing and I could not believe I was actually getting paid to do it.

What would you like to erase from your past? I’d rather erase my guilt than anything I’ve actually done. Ooh, did I mention I became a therapist before I was a comedian? I like to spit out wise-sounding stuff which I rarely follow.

What brings you the most joy? My husband and daughter making each other laugh and chatting when they don’t know I’m listening.

What makes you angry? Wilful ignorance, dishonesty, mean people, chimps dressed like humans, brownies with walnuts, the list goes on.

Professionally, who has been your biggest inspiration? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Bold, brave, funny women who smash it out of the park.

Taylor GlennHave you ever met someone who made you go weak at the knees? Yes, and I married him. Now we both just feel weak most days, but that’s parenthood.

What advice would you give a woman who wants a career like yours? Oh cripes, I haven’t done enough to give out advice to people. I NEED advice from people. Give me some advice, please. General advice for any woman who wants any career: do what you love and don’t give a shit what people think.

How do you define success? Success is surrounding yourself with people and activities that allow you to be your most authentic self. Oh MAN that was some therapeutic bullshit right there! But it’s true.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever had? To stop comparing myself to others and accept myself.

What’s your favourite photograph of yourself? Ah, it’s actually on my best friend’s wall in Chicago. But she’ll let you in, she’s nice.

Where did you go on your favourite holiday? Venice. First holiday post-baby, without baby.

Who can’t you live without? My husband. Sorry to bang on about him, but he’s sort of awesome.

What can’t you live without? Cheese.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Surviving parenthood. Seriously, I’ve quit much easier jobs than this.

Taylor2Who is your favourite person? My daughter. And so many others…

Who’s your favourite animal? Elephant from a National Geographic documentary. He was third from the left? I don’t have any pets.

Which song could be used to soundtrack your life so far? Thank Fuck That’s Over. I’m sure that’s a song.

What are your favourite three articles at Standard Issue? Emma Kennedy’s piece about how to write a sitcom. Sooz Kempner’s Rated or Dated on Showgirls. And Sadie Hasler’s piece on bipolar and the devastating effect it can have.

Which question would you have liked to have answered in this questionnaire, but weren’t asked? That was nice and thorough, thanks!

@taylorglennUK
#aBillionDaysofParenthood

Taylor Glenn is doing a new solo stand up show A Billion Days of Parenthood which talks in part about her experience with postnatal depression. It’ll be at the Ed Fringe this August at Just the Tonic at the Caves. You can find the dates here.

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