Interview With The Extraordinary Ordinary Crew: Taylor Hurst
1. Can you relate to the character(s) of the film? If yes, why?
Yes I can. When I was around the age of 13, I was challenged with a speech disfluency. My speech block would cause me to frequently pause when conversing with others regardless of the environment I was in. It was frustrating because speech disfluencies are so unpredictable. Therefore, I know what it feels like to feel “stuck” just like the characters with their personal challenges. In "The Extraordinary Ordinary" we see the main characters struggle with their personal issues. When watching the movie, their challenges and coping skills resonated with me.
2. Can you tell me about your song, "Redline?"
My song, “Redline” which is featured in the film, is about facing challenges and discovering your destiny. It’s about being courageous during challenging times in our lives. I feel my song is a perfect fit for Extraordinary Ordinary as the film is centered around the challenges of mental health.
I wrote my song specifically about challenges whether it be anxiety, depression, disfluencies, etc. I want to be that voice for individuals that reminds them to rise up and never give up. “Redline” is a song that reminds everyone that they can conquer their challenges and that they are unstoppable despite what challenges may stand in their way.
When I spoke with Natalie, immediately I knew that my song was a perfect fit for her movie. My hope is that my song can help individuals when they need it most. I want to inspire others and I hope they can find strength through my song!
3. What was the hardest scene for you to watch in the movie and why?
I would have to say the introductory scene when Erica has to experience an uncomfortable doctor’s appointment. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will just say that it was a little difficult to watch. I feel that it really set the tone for the movie.
4. What is the core value that you would like to instill in the minds and hearts of the viewers?
That mental health is important and as a male I want to teach the younger generations that mental health is just as important as physical health. I want to be a role model for younger males and teach them that it’s perfectly normal and okay to ask for help or to express yourself. I would like to help erase the stigma surrounding mental health as this is a rising issue in our world today.
I also want to mention that a lot of challenges are invisible. People may look “fine” on the outside but do we truly know what they are going through or facing on the inside? It is always best to be kind to every individual that we encounter.
5. Have you ever experienced anxiety and depression? If yes, what was the first step that you took?
I haven’t experienced anxiety or depression, but know friends that have and I am fully aware of how crippling it can truly be. We must not take the words “anxiety” and “depression” lightly. It is imperative that we support these individuals and understand what they are going through as I believe mental health should be as important as physical health!
6. When you have a troubled mind, whom do you talk to and why?
I always have a couple of close friends or family members that I know I can go to when I am feeling stressed or even overwhelmed.
It’s always a good idea to let things out. It’s always healthy and it feels great just to express yourself. Sometimes it just helps having someone you trust just listen to you.
7. Was there ever a time when you wanted to give up? If yes, what made you choose the right decision?
I can’t recall a specific time or situation where I wanted to give up. The sport of hockey and the unwavering support from my parents always kept me going especially when I was going through a rough period with my speech disfluency. I feel that being vulnerable and having support were two key ingredients that inspired me to keep fighting!
8. What was your favorite scene in the movie and why?
My favorite scene in the movie is when Erica’s parents were there for her, comforted her, and showed their support. It was heartwarming to see because that’s what people need. They need to feel supported.
9. Can you share your upcoming project(s) and social media?
Yes. For those that have Instagram, follow me @taylorkhurst for music updates. Also, www.thurstmusic.com is my website where you can read a little more about my story and journey with a speech disfluency and listen to my original music including “Redline.”
10. Lastly, can you give an elevator speech for your prospective viewers?
My name is Taylor Hurst and I am a singer.
I inspire others through the gift of music as music heals.
Check out my latest original song “Redline."
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