Congratulations fathers, and to all of whom are fortunate to be parents in your household. Life is filled with many of emotions and being a parent is one of the most clearly eternal and fulfilling among them. I imagine we should celebrate our thankfulness for parenthood each day. However, it’s also the day for parents to show thankfulness for the opportunity to bring children of our own into the world.
I have spent time in my own “Entertainment Alley” for … let’s just say it has been many, many, years. I am not surprised my son works in the same industry too. This year, I will celebrate five years of being on air with my podcast, “Show Biz Weekly with Taylor Kelsaw” on michiganbusinessnetwork.com, SoundCloud and iTunes. I began writing copy for radio back in 1980. My son, Gerren Taylor, also has a podcast radio format show, “The World At Large,” broadcast out of Los Angeles, Cal. He’s worked in television productions on very popular shows for the last 12 years and is now a husband and father of two.
My oldest daughter, Kelly J, was determined to follow me in my footsteps, too; aspiring to be a singer and model at age 10. So, I obliged her with photos, singing lessons and the work she needed to put in; eventually it was not what she wanted to become after all. I was very proud of her for wanting to try something like this, but I am more than proud that today she is a law school graduate of Syracuse University, a wife and mother of three.
My youngest daughter, Julia Marie, has also been influenced by my career(s), and that of my other half, by stating that she wants to act, sing and be a scientist. So far, she has hosted her own YouTube channel, takes vocal lessons, enjoys chemistry projects, studies German at Michigan State University, recently picked up the Ukulele and now writes her own songs. I have the feeling she might do all of those things she wants to accomplish, and why not support it.
To be a dad is amazing; to be recognized for being one should not be taken for granted. Dads come in many different ways today. If we are fortunate, we get to see what our children become in life. Like you did, they get to choose their life’s directions. We try to guide and listen, but we also must let them find their way and be there when they might crash. Entertainment should not just be on the stage, in the form of ectoplasm or television, but on display each and every day for your family by just being dad!
Taylor Kelsaw started his career in San Francisco, Calif. more than 30 years ago and has since worked on many highly rated television shows including “Oprah” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” He loves to paint, sing, act and being the proud parent of three lovely children.