On a short journey from Charleston, SC, Taylor Flynn found herself in Music City for the summer.
Written By:Taylor Flynn
“After my first few days in the city, it was obvious that there was something different about the people here – something special.”
Hi, it’s @taylorkflynn here!
This summer, I moved to Nashville from Charleston, SC to, like most people that find themselves migrating to Nashville, pursue a dream of mine. When I learned I got the opportunity to intern at a music management, I could not have been more thrilled. As a Music Business major, I had always dreamed of working in the music industry, and there is no better place to start than Music City! I’d visited Nashville quite few times before (having a long-distance boyfriend has its perks sometimes) and knew a handful of people here – but who wouldn’t be intimidated to move to a new place? I had no idea what to expect! I packed up my car and drove the 9 hours to Nashville. Even when I got the keys to my apartment, it still hadn’t set in that I’d be living and working on Music Row. I heard this quote my first week here, and it became my summer motto – “If you’re brave enough to be here, you might as well enjoy it while it lasts.”
After my first few days in the city, it was obvious that there was something different about the people here – something special. I have fallen in love with the community of people that Nashville has, and it is so inspiring to be around so many people that are driven and focused on their goals. Everyone was so welcoming, too! Whether it was just the usual barista, the same coffee shop frequenters I started to run into, or even people I recognized from Instagram, I usually couldn’t go a day without seeing a somewhat familiar face – which was comforting. Something that surprised me was how Instagram really helped me get involved in the community here – I was always meeting up with people I followed/ who followed me, whether it was for Proper Bagel, coffee, or even photoshoots. Instagram also helped me connect with so many people that live here and I’ve gotten to become friends with.
“Living TN is about being creative and making connections with people, and never being afraid to start a conversation.”
To me, Living TN is all about taking every opportunity given to you. This is a place where opportunities are around every corner – literally. There is always something going on in this city. There are mixers for Young Professionals every night, music every night – what more could you ask for? Living TN is about being creative and making connections with people, and never being afraid to start a conversation. I have met so many amazing people here that have inspired me to create and be as driven as they are. I found myself taking more chances in Nashville then I have anywhere else. I rediscovered my passion for photography, and even ended up with an opportunity to photograph and be a brand rep for a few local clothing stores.
As I’m reflecting on all of this, I’m sipping on an iced Whiskey Carmel from Barista Parlor. Looking around, I’m overwhelmed with the feeling that accomplished something important this summer. I moved to Nashville alone, completed a dream internship, met the sweetest friends, and created a life for myself in a new city.
Living TN is making the best of every day, and not letting a day go by without taking another step toward your goals. To me, Living TN is not only a hashtag – but a mindset and a lifestyle, and I’m so thankful I had the entire summer experiencing it. I had so many great opportunities here in just 3 months, and can’t wait to see what happens when I come back for you, Nashville.