Widely known for her music, beautiful melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics Taylor Swift is a true inspiration for many young women out there! With a huge number of “Swifties” backing her, she got the trite of Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade in 2020. This might be called the peak of the pop star’s career but did you know her life was not as smooth and glamorous as it seems now? Read more to know the most inspiring story of Taylor Swift!
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Education and Early Life of Taylor Swift
Taylor Alison Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania to father Scott Kingsley Swift and mother Andrea Gardner Swift also famous as “Mama Swift” among the fans of Taylor. Her brother Austin Swift is an actor. Taylor showed an interest in music at an early age and started performing when she was 9 years old. She would perform on the weekends at local festivals and events. High school was not a very pleasant experience for the young Taylor. Between learning music and acting, it got difficult so she was homeschooled later so she graduated a year before others. Almost everyone knows about her music but very few are aware of her career in acting. Along with acting in her own music videos, she has also made appearances in Valentine’s Day, Hannah Montana: The movie, The Giver, CSI Crime Scene Investigation, New Girl and recently in Cats.
“Fearless is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again…even though every time you’ve tried before you’ve lost.”
Struggles that Made her Stronger
In Junior high, she was singled out and bullied due to her appearance and her liking for country music. “They didn’t think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me” and “They’d make fun of me,” she told Teen Vogue in an interview when she was 19.
In 2009 after she had given out 2 successful albums – Taylor Swift and Fearless, her acceptance speech for Best female video at MTV Video Music Awards was interrupted by Kanye West. She had to go through a lot of anxiety and trolling to get through in the later years due to her reputation in the media which was very hurtful for her. Her masters being bought by others and losing the rights to 7/9 of her albums was another blow that was very hard for her. Along with the story of her harassment and lawsuit that she filed she tells all about her struggles throughout her years in a documentary Miss Americana available on Netflix. Even after being through so many ups and downs she never gave up and kept going on to become a songwriter and singer worth $365 Million as noted by Forbes in October 2020.
How Taylor Swift Became Indestructible?
The Swift Towards a Stronger Self
Taylor says “People haven’t always been there for me but music always has” and therefore she made music her weapon and her own life the inspiration behind her songs. “With Reputation, I wanted to keep my head down, not say anything, but work harder than I ever worked. It was really motivational for me to just have the stadium tour to prepare for and prove myself almost. My career was in a weird spot” She continued. “I was thinking, if anything can pull me out of this weird disillusionment I have with the way that things have gone in my career that I was feeling back then, I knew it would be playing live. If I could be proud of the live show and if I could feel that connection with fans, that would remind me of why I love this.” Her album reputation turned out to be a catharsis of sorts and was a hell of a comeback. Her next albums Lover, Folklore and Evermore were similarly successful as her other albums and resonated with her matured mindset with healing and beautiful melodies enchanting the fans and the world alike. Her transition reflects in her music as well.
“There are two ways you can go with pain: You can let it destroy you or you can use it as fuel to drive you….”
Taylor Swift Being a Songwriting Genius on Folklore & Evermore
Taylor has a long list of achievements which include – 10 Grammys, 27 Guinness World Records, 23 Billboard Music Awards (which is the most won by a female artist), 32 American Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards, an Emmy Award a lot of honours and becoming the youngest person making it on the Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time with her albums Red and 1989 featuring on Rolling Stone’s 2020 revision of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Taylor Swift supports art, children’s literacy and LGBT Community which shows in her generous donations towards various schools, libraries and other organizations. She has vocalized her criticism of white supremacy, sexism, misogyny, systematic racism and police brutality. She has used her platform to raise her voice against bullying, sexual harassment and LGBT discrimination. Her philanthropic initiatives include not just monetary donations but songs, gifts and her time.
Now Taylor is in news for her gifting the newborn babies of her friends like Katy Perry and Gigi Hadid with hand-knitted blankets, sharing her love of music with her fans during the time of Covid- 19 by dropping 2 albums made during the pandemic by her. Her fans adore her and she adores her fans in kind. Giving her fans exclusive secret sessions of her new albums, sending Christmas gifts and even helping them with donations during the pandemic is what she does best.
Initially Swift never took political stands but recently she has started taking more initiatives than before. Taking a stand for what’s right has become her focus because being good to people is a “wonderful legacy” she wants to leave behind. Her bravery and strength shows in her re-recording her old albums and reclaiming her work. We all can learn a great deal from Taylor Swift and her life. If you want to read inspiring success stories like this check Leverage Edu for more.