GirlGeek of the Week
As a young professional vocalist with a flair
for promotions, Doree Taylor usually ended up running the "PR departments"
for each of the bands she gigged with. Through these projects Doree
discovered that self-expression came easy with a computer and she
developed a savvy design eye. More importantly, her work brought
gigs and new fans. So she decided to become a freelance promoter.
While Doree did not have the spare time or money to invest in a
"proper" computing education, persistence and creativity
brought the PR guru 10-plus years of success and she is now expanding
to the Internet.
find JOY in the artistic outlet of it all. I just like to make stuff!
My work keeps improving, and I definitely keep learning MORE, so
maybe I'm starting to get kind of good at this computer thing too!"
How do you earn a
I have 10-plus years experience freelancing in
public relations, marketing research, fundraising and special promotions.
Also, I have been professional entertainer for 15 years, with entertainment
booking and artist promotion experience. I frequently teach adult
education courses on "self-promotion".
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
I've learned a great deal doing what I do, and I often have answers
to tech questions from my friends or family. Plus, for all that
I do not know, I'm pretty good at teaching myself, little-by-little!
When I took the Geek-O-Meter test a couple of months ago, my score
landed me on the lowest level of "real geeks." I guess
that's about where I'd place myself, too--intermediate and advancing
by force of will!
What is your favorite Website?
has kept me VERY busy. I am a promotions expert there and give advice
to those who seek. I really enjoy the challenge of fielding unexpected
questions and relating my experience to others. It keeps my head
tuned to the multi-faceted game of promoting.
What do you do when you're not working?
When I'm not working, I'm "working in my head" while
doing other things. Sometimes I will wake at odd hours with just
the idea I was stuck for! Being the mother of twin toddlers means
"playing for play's sake," again, too, which is good for
me. I enjoy hiking, camping and diggin' in the dirt a lot! And I'm
still very involved with my music, even though live performing ’til
2 a.m. is currently on the back burner.
What's your motto?
"Whether you think you can, or think you can't -- you're probably
right!" --Henry Ford
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Meg Ryan! And I just "quizzed" my husband at broom handle-point,
and he agrees, "she's PERFECT for the part!" If Meg's
too busy, we'll try to get Goldie Hawn.
Who is the person you most admire?
Mom. She's done a lot of living and been through a lot, but somehow
managed to stay true to herself. Friendly, resourceful, generous
of heart and spirit, self-disciplined, and ever young at heart,
my Mom cuts quite a profile!
What would be the title of your autobiography?
"Courage To Create" OR "How I survived the ’Average
World’ despite my ’Alternative Ways’!"
When and where were you the happiest?
When I lived in a grass house with my parents in the Bush Country
of Cameroon, Africa, during my junior high years. When I traveled
extensively on several different music tours throughout Japan, and
the Asian Pacific. And when a very talented jazz fusion band I was
in had it's hey-day, performing regularly at top venues in Southern
California. Of course, what makes you happy changes with maturity.
Now, I focus on happy times with my kids.
If you could have one super power what would
Super power sounds dangerous, so we'd better leave me as I am --
a perpetual student of all!