Having grown up in the industry, Terry Washington has inherently had a passion for the music business and entertainment. It’s led him to manage tours around the world with platinum recording artists, produce films in remote locations and choreograph the legacy of music and fashion icons. Working with superstars such as Chris Brown, Jojo, Bilal, Leela James, Mary Mary, Eric Benet, After 7, Nikka Costa, Washington has certainly made his mark in the industry.
Rolling out caught up with the entertainment executive.
How do you utilize your knowledge to benefit and inspire others?
Whenever I have the opportunity to “pass it forward” or simply share my experiences with others, I usually do it. … It’s a lifestyle.
If you were to give a speech to young men, what would the title of your speech be and why?
Surround yourself with people who challenge and inspire you. Why? Because these people will allow you to learn and grow and also will provide opportunity.
What two quotes do you use to motivate yourself and others?
“Don’t let the wins go to your head or the loses go to your heart.”
“Life isn’t a dress rehearsal.”
Name two iconic humans who have inspired you or currently inspire you. Why?
From a culture perspective, Sean Combs. He has remain driven and fearless at the same time. Even though he has had major pitfalls, he hasn’t let that get him off course.
Barack Obama. He made a hard job look easy. He also exemplified class and grace while on the “battlefield.” That speaks volumes and is an underrated quality.
Please share the evolution of your brand and purpose.
My brand and purpose have been the same, as I’ve just gotten better at my execution. Experience and knowledge have allowed me to be more aggressive. Simply put, I’m a fan of pop culture. I just have the opportunity to impact my fingerprints on the culture.
How do you build your network for success?
Building a successful network is probably the same answer for question #2. Surround yourself with people that both challenge and inspire you.
What two moments in your life changed you the most?
Having a son at age 20.
Losing my father at age 39.
What are three important pieces of advice you would tell your son, future son, godson, etc.?
Don’t waste time.
Surround yourself around the “right” people.
Both love and money don’t play fair.
What advice would you give to young men about dealing with their emotions?
So much of our emotions are based on our surroundings. You never really have all the answers, but again if you can find a way to keep yourself around positive energy, meditate, pray, whatever works best. And realize you’re growing and learning in the job.
What is your #BlackManMagic?
My #BlackManMagic is my sincerity and passion in every step I take. I do believe in magic.