Corey Taylor is like a lot of teens at Centennial Hills’ Northwest Career and Technical Academy: She talks fast, wears braces and maintains a giggly fascination with British boy band One Direction.
The aspiring North Las Vegas actress is also more than a little familiar with school bullying, having been forced into an across-town technical academy after years of persistent harassment at area magnet schools.
Unlike most 15-year-olds, Taylor plans to do something about it. As host of the Las Vegas Valley’s only teen-hosted radio talk show, she’s well positioned for a fight.
Every Thursday for the past six months, “Taylor Talks” has offered listeners tips and advice on how and when to step in and stop a bully, peppered with some of the host’s own experiences and plenty of up-to-the minute insights on the peregrinations of Justin Bieber.
Taylor, who has sunk most of her first-car savings into the radio show, said she doesn’t mind making an example of herself to thousands of weekly listeners.
So far, the response has been encouraging.
“I really wanted to do a show that would help teens with bullying but also teen homelessness and suicide awareness,” Taylor said. “We’ve had everyone on: parents who have had a teen commit suicide, bullying experts. … but we try to emphasize the positive.
“I think it helps a lot of people. We’ve heard from people who listen to the show while they’re (deployed) with the Navy.”
Taylor is not bashful behind the microphone and has never been one to shy away from the spotlight, according to mother and business manager Niki Miniaci.
The high school freshman starred in a Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment commercial as a 1-year-old and has gone on to stack up more than 30 performance credits on IMDb, the Internet movie database.
Miniaci said she never pushed Taylor into the limelight, explaining that was always where her daughter wanted to be.
“She had to go through a lot during her dad and (my) divorce, and I think acting has always been her escape,” Miniaci said. “I think that’s why she’s so good at it.”
Taylor, who sings in addition to her travels with two local improv groups, said her goal is to do whatever it takes to stay on the public stage.
The backup plan, she said, would have to be college, then a career in social work.
Emmy-nominated area director Kelly Schwarze figures Taylor will find a way to make a name for herself, whichever route she chooses.
Schwarze, who cast Taylor as a virus-infected quarantine survivor in this year’s independently produced “Territory 8,” said she’s always had impressive range.
He’s even seen her play a pretty convincing bully.
“(Taylor) has flourished in the five or so years I’ve known her,” Schwarze said. “She’s been in comedies; she’s been a zombie.
“She’s found a way to get involved in a lot of different projects, and she’s always pulled it off well.”
“Taylor Talks” airs from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lotus Broadcasting’s Vegas All Net Radio. For more information on the show or its host, visit coreytaylortalks.com.
Contact Centennial and North Las Vegas View reporter James DeHaven at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-477-3839.