In December 2020 we lost a brilliant friend. He’d bravely fought a brain tumour. He was an incredible man, a friend, a boss, a son, a father and a husband. He was an outstanding success in his career and completely devoid of an ego.
He was a mentor to many. He gave everyone a chance.
In 2001 Andy joined Victoria Real, a digital media company I was so fortunate to be part of. Andy was old uni friends with the three founders.
He instantly became a friend at the same time as becoming my boss. As great as the three amigos were, Andy was different. No push-ups in company meetings (Jason), no dancing on the tables (Rob) and he didn’t make epic videos (Rich) - he was all about nurturing, about guidance, support and putting us on a track to success. He developed all of us.
Fast forwards and it’s no surprise that Andy went on to co-found Little Dot Studios - one of the largest distributors of premium content on YouTube.
The Andy Taylor Foundation is being launched at an event which will see all of his family, friends and past colleagues coming together to not only celebrate his life, many to be together to say a goodbye to Andy for the first time since his passing (all of which has been delayed for so long by covid) but to all make a pledge to help honour Andy’s legacy.
The foundation will be giving support, training and opportunities in the media to a diverse and overlooked audience. Giving (often invisible) young people a chance to find their way by funding high impact programmes that create career pathways and open doors to diverse talent.
This is a long-term commitment to honour Andy’s legacy and improve social mobility into the digital media industry.
Helping to connect some of the most dynamic media organisations with talented young people, whose potential might otherwise be overlooked.
There’s a lot more information coming soon - but in the meantime….
I'm running a (half) marathon!
I’m going to be running the Cardiff Half Marathon in October. Anyone who knows me, knows this will be a challenge…
By supporting me you'll be getting exclusive access to my rigorous training schedule, my Strava (evidence) and some live exclusive video, which'll no doubt 'break the internet'...
So please support me and in turn you’ll be supporting The Andy Taylor Foundation ;-)
Thank you xxx