During an intimate lunch at the LIFT Labs Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia, Terry Crews delivered a powerful message of inspiration and thinking big. The 51 year old Flint Michigan native, takes nothing for granted.
The art excellence scholarship to the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts and ultimate full scholarship to play football at Western Michigan University, helped him escape what he called a dark time in his life. Those ups and downs of life have taught him that comedy heals.
Terry Crews is a creative who embraces what is new and will not allow others to define him. “Therapy and being proactive are tools that he credits to his success”. His love of legos have become a metaphor for life. “When you get legos in a box all shaken up, are they broken? –No, they just aren't put together. People will tell you that you are broken when you are not, you're just not complete” He added that “he views people as just not complete” and how legos have helped him forgive himself for past mistakes.
He continued to express his thoughts on competition. “I truly believe that competition is the opposite of creativity, when you’re competing with another person, you’re actually doing something that hinders your own creativity. Once I got out of the competitive world, I was in a world of my own.” He acknowledged that the success of others is needed to be successful and the trick that life can play on you. “The trick that was played on me, when I had anxiety about not getting a project, was that you’re missing it and now I’m out; but you’re not out. It’s just that that’s not for you, this is for someone else and your time will come.”
Terry Crews might be considered the Jack of All Trades, as an actor, host, comedian, and furniture designer. The energy he gets as host of “America's Got Talent” (AGT) and as Terry Jeffords on “Brooklyn Nine Nine” is evident as he discusses what makes the shows special.
They add to his balance— “I would do this show (AGT) for free; you’re giving dreams away. And I am the bodyguard to all these acts and their dreams.” The diversity of the show makes it special, heartwarming and is evident “that everyone has a talent”. He's looking forward to the new year and hosting for as long as they let him.
You can't talk with Terry Crews without discussing his wife of 30 years, Rebecca King-Crews. He credits the longevity to growth and realizing that “you can't love someone and control them at the same time. Together they have penned a book “Stronger Together” which is stated to be released later this year.
“America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which is currently airing on Mondays at 8:00pm ET/PT on NBC.
AGT: Champions -The competition continues as 10 more of the most talented, memorable and all-around fan favorite acts from “AGT” and “Got Talent” competitions around the globe perform for judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Alesha Dixon, and Howie Mandel. Four of these renowned acts will advance – two will be voted through by a panel of “AGT” Superfans, one will be the Judges’ Choice, and one will receive a Golden Buzzer to perform in the finale. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews hosts.
Season seven of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premieres with a special two-episode event on Thursday, February 6 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The show then moves into its regular 8:30pm timeslot the following week (Feb. 13).
“Manhunter”– Jake leads a manhunt after an assassination attempt on a city councilor. Holt adjusts to his new position as a uniformed officer.
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