Spend 69 seconds with … writer, artist, and activist Taylor Basso

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Spend 69 seconds with Vancouver writer, artist, and activist Taylor Basso, co-writer of the site specific theatre event, Party This Weekend.

01Your first job.
My first job was project assistant at a queer youth leadership camp which I loved and adored. My actual first job was giving my dad a back massage for a looney. I still do that from time to time except the pay is better and the massages look much different.

02The job you wanted as a child.
Writer. Imagine that. Writer, then a marine biologist (every kid who came of age in the late 90s had a marine biologist phase, which is so weird), then an actor, and now I’m back to writer.

03One word your best friend would use to describe you.
I think my best friend would call me ridiculous, which speaks to the quality of friend I keep.

04Your hero.
Björk is a true artist. I could listen to her music until the world stopped and hear something new every time.

05Your biggest indulgence.
Fries. Any fries, but specifically the bottomless steak fries at Red Robin. My record is nine baskets. I just moved to a new apartment two blocks away from a Red Robin. It’s the worst health decision I ever made.

06Complete this sentence: I first kissed a boy…
… when I was 17. He was sleeping over at my house and I was absolutely wasted on four of those tiny Coronas (Coronitas!) and I just dove in tongue first. Then I cried for half an hour and he had to do double duty between making me feel better and still trying to get some. Nice guy. We’re still really good friends and my alcohol tolerance is much better now.

07One thing no one knows about you.
My birthmark is on my tongue. It’s nowhere near as sexy as it sounds.

08The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
A deck of cards, a self-recharging laptop on which to write, and endless fries which they’re obligated to keep bringing me because it says so on the menu.

09The one thing you are most proud of.
I have slammin’ penmanship and I always look amazing in my photo ID.

10The one thing or place you always take visitors to see/do when they come to Vancouver.
There’s this gorgeous walk in Shaughnessy Park which is right by my house. I bring dates and friends and bring cigarettes for the smokers, bubbles for the non-smokers, and strawberries for everyone.

MEET taylor basso

Taylor Basso

Taylor Basso is a writer, artist, and activist.

He recently graduated with his BFA in Creative Writing from UBC.

His most recent staged production was Fight the Cold with Ceramics and Glitter (Brave New Play Rites), and he’s working on a short story collection entitled The Pity Dance.

Taylor’s work can currently be seen “on stage” in the site-specific theatre event Party This Weekend which takes place at a private residence in East Vancouver.

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