The Person Behind Talk Herbie To Me
Thursday, November 13, 2014
For those of you that don't know, my name is Taylor and I'm the person behind the Talk Herbie To Me brand.
I'm a proud graduate from the University of Nebraska where I studied English and Creative Writing. Even though a few people suggested I choose a more "practical" major, I'll never regret the path I chose. I had some of the best writing professors at UNL who encouraged me to go for what I really want in life and never settle for anything less.
When I graduated I immediately took what most might call a "real job." It was in sales and I had a salary and full benefits, and all of that cushy stuff you're supposed to have as an adult. It was okay. But I wasn't happy and I could still hear the nagging voices of my English professors telling me there's something better out there.
So one day I quit my job and decided to pursue a career in comedy. I don't have a "real job" now, instead I work about six small jobs to make ends meet. And I work harder now with those small jobs than I ever did with that one real job. I'm working hard so I can afford to take writing classes and improv classes and do stand-up whenever I can. It's a grind, but I've chosen to do this. I take full responsibility for where I am in life at the moment.
In the summer of 2014 I created the brand and established my trademark for Talk Herbie To Me because I've always loved coming up with new designs and phrases for t-shirts. I'm also a huge Husker fan and think it's pretty cool to see my fellow Husker people in something I've created. I take great pride in this brand and have put more hours into it than most people know.
That's why it was such a hard blow to take when I learned this month that a very large t-shirt company had recently started selling shirts with the phrase that I originated, Talk Herbie To Me. They're not located in Nebraska, they just happen to be a huge supplier in our state. There's been a few smaller Nebraska stores who have attempted to sell Talk Herbie To Me items on their own, but every single one of them has immediately stopped once I called and explained the background behind Talk Herbie To Me. That's just one of the many reasons I love working with fellow Nebraskans, the majority are just kind understanding people.
Sadly the large t-shirt company I'm referring to is a different story. The contact I've reached out to has not even given me the courtesy to return a phone call. I have called numerous times to discuss this, but each time I feel like I'm treated more and more like a joke. And to their large company I probably am, but this isn't a joke to me. It's my livelihood. It's my brand and I want to protect it.
But I'm familiar with the avoidance tactic because I too used to be a cowardly child. You know, when I was a child. Not an adult running a business.
I'm not writing this today for sympathy. I just want my voice to be heard, because sadly in today's world David rarely beats Goliath. The big guy pretty much always crushes the little guy, which is why there are so few of us left. If you've ever started a small business or created something you really believed in, I applaud you. It's not an easy feat and know that even if it wasn't as successful as you might have hoped it would be, at least you gave it a try. That in itself is a success if you ask me.
So thank you. Thank you to everyone who has continued to support me in my Talk Herbie To Me endeavor, I truly appreciate every single order. And thank you for taking the time to read this and even sharing it if you feel so inclined.
The Man might usually win, but it's the little guy who always has the supporters.