There are few in a generation that stand out. Those that choose to walk their own paths, blaze trails of inspiration for those that follow. Terry McFly is one of those trailblazers. Never shying away from a challenge or opportunity to grow, Terry has inspired many of his generation and beyond to fearlessly walk with confidence and dare to be different.
As we continue to showcase individuals that are choosing to Excel in 2011, I want to introduce you to a young man whose name you do not want to forget! Ladies and gentlemen, I am so proud to introduce to you a young man doing big things…Terry McFly!!
WHO IS TERRY McFLY AND HOW DID THAT NAME COME ABOUT?
My name is Terrence, originally from New Jersey, I’m 26 years old, I have 3 older siblings, I’m the baby boy. My hometown is Hillside, New Jersey but I was schooled in Newark, NJ throughout my life. My hobbies are skateboarding, shopping, writing, and playing video games.
Terry Mcfly is a tastemaker, the go-to guy for everything that’s cool and trendy. The name came about during my college years. People would always stop and tell me that I was fly or I was fresh, so one day I started callin myself McFly as a joke and the name stuck with me because people said it suits me pretty well.
WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING? WHAT STARTED YOUR INTEREST TO START A BLOG?
I started blogging back in 2008 around the time I started working with MTV Networks. I was constantly updating their Gametrailers.com website so I felt that I could have my own website to update daily. I finally decided to bring TerryMcfly.com to life! I started http://www.TerryMcfly.com back in 2008, I really didnt know what to do with the site at the time so it was just a blog with no content. I started actively blogging here when I landed my job over at MTV Networks posting video game reviews. I have a strong background in gaming, but my other two passions have always been music and fashion. Which is why my site is titled “Inside the Mind of the Fashionably Random” I created a site that was similar to me, a lil bit of everything that’s cool.
I started to gain much notoriety in 2009 by attending various events and blogging on the go. I became a socialite. I have a very strict method of critiquing so a lot of people really started to value my feedback. I would review movies and music on my site along with recommendations of whats currently hot. I also became a style maven by searching around for the hottest items in fashion and attending NY Fashion Week every year.
I am now building my franchise from the ground up and working for one of the biggest television companies, Black Entertainment Television (BET). I’ve been to a few award shows and had the opportunity to meet some of my favorite celebrities and hang out with them as if we were old friends.
FOR AS LONG AS I HAVE KNOW YOU, YOU WERE NEVER AFRAID TO WALK TO THE BEAT OF YOUR OWN DRUM. 😉 TALK TO US ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF INDIVIDUALITY IN A WORLD WHERE CONFORMITY APPEARS TO BE THE NORM? HOW DO YOU APPLY THAT INDIVIDUALITY TO YOUR BLOG SO THAT IT REMAINS RELEVANT AND INTERESTING TO YOUR READERS?
When it comes to blogging, you have to maintain individuality. Focus on what makes your blog difference from everyone’s else blog. This is why I try to focus on creating my own original content as much as possible.
YOU HAVE PARTIED WITH MANY IN THE INDUSTRY AS WELL AS KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES’ WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNOLOGY AND ALL THINGS TRENDY. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH IT ALL WITHOUT FEELING OVERWHELMED?!
I don’t feel overwhelmed because these are all things that I enjoy doing, its my passion! When you’re doing something that you love, you hardly notice how overwhelming it is because you are lost in your craft.
TELL US HOW YOU LANDED A JOB WORKING WITH MTV STUDIOS. HOW WOULD YOU SAY MTV PREPARED YOU FOR WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
I landed my job at MTV simply by applying online. I applied shortly after returning home from my Walt Disney World internship in Orlando, Florida. I was pretty surprised when someone called me and offered me an opportunity to work for MTV as an intern, I was only about 21 years old at the time.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN WORKING FOR BET? HOW DID THAT OPPORTUNITY COME ABOUT?
I began working for BET in May of 2010. I landed my job at BET by telling one of my college professors in college about my blog. I don’t know why I spoke to him that day but something told me that I should go and speak to him about my blog. This was the first time we really spoke all semester. He took my business card home and his wife ended up loving the site as well. My professor told me about all his friends and people he knew and he gave me the option of working for ESPN or BET. Obviously, you know which choice I made, lol! I made the choice to go with the company that I knew I could contribute to the most considering my expertise and knowledge.
NOW WE MUST CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR RECENT PROMOTION AT BET!! TELL US WHAT YOU HAVE RECENTLY BEEN PROMOTED TO!
I am officially a paid blogger for BET.com!! I took a chance and decided to write a proposal for something new that’s not really being tapped into in the entertainment field and it was approved! It means a lot when you create an idea from scratch and a major corporation decides to believe in you and fund it. Since the day I started my blog, the goal was to do it well enough to be paid for it. This moment is The Glory!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MOTTO/SCRIPTURE THAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?
My favorite motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world” by Mahatma Ghandi. I have also been studying the life of Albert Einstein and using a lot of his quotes for inspiration.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO YOUR FIELD?
Always follow your heart and stay true to you. Believe in your craft and maintain faith.
SO, HOW DO WE KEEP UP WITH YOU?!
Starting in Sept 2011, you can find me on BET.com in the blogs section as well! 😉
Thanks Terry!!!! We wish you nothing but luck and success in all your endeavors!!!
Be sure to check out Terry McFly in September on BET’s website and become a fan on FB today!!!!
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