50 Over 50 Project for 2020


MarNae Taylor

Age: 57


"Appreciate who you are and where you have been."

Age: 57
Profession: Theatre Teacher/Director/Actress

What is the best thing about being your age?
The knowledge that I have gained from my mistakes and my successes. Knowing that I have made it out of many a black hole to the light and love of all those around me. I have learned so much and I am so blessed to have met so many people. And I am thankful for everything that I went through (some of them incredibly dark), because it has made me the strong person that I am today.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising two successful happy children, mostly by myself.

What's your favorite thing you have checked off your bucket list?
Traveled to Korea, Greece, London and Germany!

What is your most treasured possession?
A beautiful ring that belonged to my grandmother. And, I must say my two daughters.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being financially stable with my healthy happy family surrounding me all while being able to perform in theatre.

What is a trait you are most proud of?
The fact that I am loving, caring and empathetic to others.

What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to see my grandchildren grow up.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would not have Lyme disease.

What is your greatest extravagance?
My Lexus.

What do you most value in your friends?
That they take me as I am.They never give up on me no matter what happens. They see and appreciate all the good in me and constantly keep me reminded of it.

What advice would you give your younger self?
You deserve to be treated with the utmost respect in every relationship and you should demand that from everyone! Only people who respect you and are caring, loving, and kind should be allowed to have your attention. Always respect yourself and demand that from others.

What is your motto or favorite quote?
I'll be fine, I always am. Never give up, never surrender.

Additional thoughts for younger women...
Appreciate who you are and where you have been. Don't take it lightly. No matter what anyone else thinks or how old I am, I am still me. I am 57 and proud of every grey hair and every wrinkle that I have earned. I am proud to be me, just the way I am.