Known worldwide as the“Hottest Disabled Speaker in America”, our featured guest for this episode is Terry Moorer. As a person with Cerebral Palsy, Terry has known first-hand what it takes to Rise Up to his best and greater self. He has 30+ years of experience working in the entertainment industry. He’s worked with NBA Entertainment, Queen Latifah, Walt Disney, MTV, Atlantic Records, and many others.
In this interview, Terry takes us from his early years as an adolescent on up to adulthood and to where he is today. He shares how he broke into the music industry through sheer hard work during a time that was unheard of for people with disabilities.
What’s interesting is that Terry didn’t realize he had a disability until he entered middle school. During that time, he experienced some tough times; not feeling accepted, rebelling and getting into trouble. But that didn’t last. That’s not the kind of person he was. Finally, over time his peers started to accept him. And since then he’s put one step in front of the other, always asking “What If”?
Listen in to hear more on:
- Elevated moments in life
- Hallowed ground – White House experience
- Thoughts on control
- Disability is not an excuse
- Opening doors into a career
- The role of courage and persistence
- Building relationships everywhere you go
- Keys to success: Write everything down, have a schedule, follow-up with people and ideas
- The “advantage” of disability
- Gratitude throughout the day
- Always learning
- Ask yourself “What if…” as a motivator
- The biggest secret
- Don’t take anything personally
More info on Terry:
As a person with Cerebral Palsy, Terence has been blessed to have over 30 years in the entertainment industry (sports/music).
Terry received a community citation for his participation in the gold selling song entitled “Self Destruction.” The project produced by the National Urban League raised awareness of black on black crime. The project Included rap music top stars, Heavy D., Public Enemy, MC Lyte, and Doug E. Fresh. In addition, his duties have included assisting location manager for MTV and coordinating talent celebrity basketball games hosted by TNT sports commentator Kenny Smith. He has also penned stories for several top entertainment and regional magazines including Right On, Billboard Magazine and Atlanta Business Journal. In the past, he has interviewed Gospel sensation Kirk Franklin, Actor Will Smith, Bull’s Bill Cartwright, and Hawk’s Tyrone Corbin, The Braxton’s (Toni Braxton siblings) and Singer Aaliyah to name a few.
He has worked with the New York Knicks, NBA Entertainment (1992 NBA All-Star), jazz sensation Bob Baldwin, Denver Nuggets, Queen Latifah, Quincy Jones, Denver Nuggets, Special Olympics and Walt Disney World. For eight years he held the title as a personal publicist for MC Lyte, one of rap music’s most prominent female artist. In 1996 he increased membership and created awareness for the National Black Golfers Association, as Director of National Publicity. As an entertainment publicist, he has had the opportunity to travel worldwide and meet various people including Magic Johnson, Madonna, Paula Abdul, Dekembe Mutombo, Cyndi Lauper, Wesley Snipes, Jessie Jackson, Whitney Houston, Karl Malone, Janet Jackson, Sean Combs and Tupac Shakur.
Music by Jonn Serrie