Community (Common + Unity)
Mr & Ms Africa New Zealand
Kelvin Taylor alongside African Welfare Services New Zealand worked to empower African Youth through performance art to celebrate the many African tribes that exist in New Zealand. Youth share their confidence, dance, unity and self-expression that have saved African communities abroad that were trafficked or displaced by war or famine to feel at home in New Zealand.
Kelvin Taylor worked collaboratively and with the local New Zealand community to source and mentor talent for iPop International (A sub-division of iPop LA). He continues to keep in touch with students forging ahead and advising as he is developing and advancing in his opportunities til this day.
In October 2014, Kelvin held a 3 division class, with multiple age ranges from age 4 to 22 and groomed them on confidence and acting exercises. Monologue pieces were performed and critiqued for Film and Television industry standards for preparation for their future and for the iPOP LA event held in Los Angeles.
A group of his gifted young students travelled on the behalf of iPOP New Zealand and Australia along with director Mark Grundy in January 2015.
Each displaying their talent among an array of producers, casting director and talent agents. Some securing representation and building relationships that carried them from 2015 and beyond.
There is power in Vulnerability, outside of an aim for an actor to master-craft that ability on screen. Authenticity and the ability to be who you authentically regardless of social media, views or social gains. Knowing who you are when the camera is off is key. Mentorship is tough without accountability. It's like trying to give water from an empty cup. Until accountability happens in fairness of your past, you are not capable of advising. To love who you are now, you must not regret the experiences that helped shape you while knowing your individual role in your past choices. Trauma is not what happens to you, but what happens inside of you, emotionally with detachment and addictions. Addictions are an attempt to coupe with stress. It's a habit be it girls, the gym, dance, food, drugs, work to coupe that causes more harm than good but you will not let go despite the disruptive consequences. Kelvin share's how a past builds character for your life long movie is not a life long sentence. You may not can control the outcome of you past, but you certainly can adjust your prospects for the future. Before all things, you are a human. Your shortcomings in the longterm are actually gains so there is no failure when you either achieve or learn. Taylor has always sought to express, communicate and be better at it through poetry or writing. An Authentic path may take longer, but the moves and impact are forever legendary! Here we find Kelvin sharing his unprepared stages of life and career opportunities that helped shaped him.
Supporting Local Kiwi Theater & Film
African American Lives Matter
Kelvin Taylor has been an active advocate for social justice and international human rights outside of the USA's geo-political and social issues. A product of human trafficking, he has been on a journey of self discovery from engaging in interracial relations through love or friendship since childhood. Challenging his idea's by engaging with cultures has in turn showed Kelvin ways to better himself and human+kind.
Author: Kelvin's 1st Published Article
For words have meaning and to be specific is to be respected. For this reason he has been vocal on informing people of the man who institutionalised Race according to color. Black History does not speak for Afro-Cubans, Iranians, Brazilians or French Africans of Diaspora. It is unconscious in arrogance and is another aspect of tribalism the has been more destructive. It has been Kelvin's life mission to humanise his people outside of colorism, correcting perspectives and terms. Click the link above.