To consider where she is today, you would never believe where she began.
Taylor Logan grew up in Brantford, a small city in southwestern Ontario. She was a thin girl of average height with pale skin and long, light brown hair. She remembers the city being rundown and poverty-stricken. Horror movies like Weirdsville and Silent Hill were filmed there because it already looked like a decaying, haunted small town.
Logan came from a broken home, as did many of her peers. Young adults from the city often gave up on education to start families or pursue a life of substance abuse.
“Growing up it was set upon you that you’re not really going anywhere if you stay [in Brantford] . . . I just kind of broke out of that stereotype,” said Logan.
Logan succeeded against the odds. First, she landed an internship at one of Canada’s most well known media corporations: CBC. Then, she graduated from Sheridan’s Journalism program with excellent grades. CBC offered her a job right out of school. To be hired by one of Canada’s top media corporations that quickly in a competitive job market is an impressive feat. But her path to success was riddled with adversity.
Logan grew up with an abusive mother. The worst of it occurred in her final year of high school. Logan’s mother began dating someone and they moved into his house in downtown Brantford. Her step-father and step-siblings were abusive, too. She hated her new home and she felt trapped. The stress caused Logan to skip classes.
“People would break into our house every night,” said Logan.
Logan’s mother and step-father went away one weekend. Logan was afraid to be alone and brought her then-boyfriend over. One of her step siblings came home and saw him. They told Logan’s mother and step-father who threatened to kill her.
“I locked myself in my bedroom and crawled out my window and it was February, so it was cold out. I ran to my sister’s house which was around the corner . . . my mom texted me the next day and said we changed the locks, don’t come back,” Logan said.
Logan’s mother threw out everything Logan owned, including her bed. She fled to Ancaster, Ontario where she moved in with her father. She had to commute to her high school in Brantford. The commute was over an hour and she had to take an extra year because of the classes she failed. She developed depression and anxiety. An overwhelming sense of dread hung over her. Logan wanted to give up.
But more than that, she wanted to prove that she wasn’t like too many other young people from her city. Against all the odds and self-doubt, she pushed herself to finish high school. Later, she attended Sheridan for the Art Fundamentals program. She realized it wasn’t her passion and failed the program. Again, Logan didn’t want her upbringing to define her as a failure. She was determined to try again with another program.
She applied for and was accepted into Sheridan’s Journalism program. She enjoyed the work and excelled. When it came time to apply for internships, she applied to a single one: CBC. It was recommended that students apply to multiple internships in case any of them fall through. A professor even told Logan her chances of getting an internship with CBC were slim. But Logan had developed a stubbornness thanks to her background.
She’s been employed with CBC since graduating. Logan is proof that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but how far you’re willing to go.