Corey Taylor may only be 18, but the Nevada State High School senior has a résumé that’s years ahead of her age. An actress with 31 film credits to her name, Taylor started her weekly teen radio show, Corey Taylor Talks, more than 2 years ago. The show’s thrust is built on empowering teens, and tackles topics that range from the serious (teen suicide, bullying) to the lighthearted (business profiles, can’t-miss activities). With more than 30,000 listeners, the show has landed her dream opportunities, including a trip to the Oscars and the Teen Choice Awards. But the most rewarding, she says, has been giving a voice to teens in Las Vegas. “I’ve had so many people come up to me and tell me that the show has helped them a lot,” she says. “It’s an overwhelming feeling.”
Taylor got her first break on the airwaves when she was a guest on Glam Radio at 15. She was such a hit that Hemisphere Radio (now VegasAllNetRadio.com) offered her a weekly show. While she was excited, there was one caveat: She would have to pay out of pocket to get the show up and running. “My mom and I, we’re not wealthy people,” she says. At the time, she was saving up to buy a car but decided to ditch the wheels for a microphone. “We haven’t made money yet, but the reception has been so good,” she says.
When Lotus Broadcasting bought several stations in 2012, including Taylor’s, general manager Tony Bonnici decided to stop charging Corey Taylor Talks.
Taylor began acting on stage as a toddler, but then shifted her focus to movies after working with the 48 Hour Film Project—a program in which filmmakers produce a short in two days. She’s appeared in independent films and shorts, most of which are horror films. The first time Taylor died on screen was at age 13. “I fall down a lot, and I get killed a lot,” she says. “Usually by stabbing.”
Sometimes, the themes of her radio show and her movies overlap. She recently starred in Atelophobia, where she portrays a bullied teen who takes her revenge on beauty pageant girls who torment her. “Obviously, I would never advocate for killing anybody,” she says. “But it does make you think twice about bullying.”
Staying Positive, Giving Back
Living a life in the spotlight can make you a target. Taylor’s love of acting has caused her to be the subject of online bullying, not just from her peers but adults as well. Instead of becoming dejected from comments surrounding her weight and looks, Taylor channels that into something good, a trait she says she’s learned from her mother.
The talk show has given her perspective, too. “I’ve heard so many stories of people going through horrible things that I try to stay positive, because I know it can always be worse,” she says. “I want people out there to know that they’re not alone.”