We had the good fortune of connecting with Terrance Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Terrance, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue an artistic career because it is my way of giving back and uplifting my community and others all across the world. There are many reason within me that motivate me to share my life story to help motivate the next person to believe in themselves and follow their true calling in this lifetime.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I come from a unique place commonly recognized as “Southeast San Diego” Growing up here was a challenge… but in my eyes, it was always pretty easy to find art in everything. The ghetto alleys with graffiti or the beautiful murals. Whether it be the church music, Oldies playing loud from the speakers of an Impala cruising down the street, or just enjoying the company of family and friends. All of these memories to me can be transmuted into art; poetry, music, films, photography, dance etc) It definitely wasn’t easy to get here. There was just more belief than there was doubt in my situation. Watching my mother bounce back after losing her son and husband in 2004, I watched her turn her life to God and achieve 3 masters degrees as I was pushing through middle and high school. Watching my mother dedicate her life to God and furthering her education, inspired me to be a first generation college student in my family, and where I’m from, that HUGE accomplishment and setting the bar high for my younger relatives and siblings as well as my community is what I’m mostly proud of achieving. Regardless of how challenging it was growing up, Southeast San Diego has always been a city of inspiration, creativity, and hope.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would say that they would have to grab some food at this fire food spot called Willie Wingz for some of the best Thai-BBQ Shrimp fried rice combo plates. If you’re feeling a little fancy, try a meal from Coasterra. Their food hits every time and the visit comes with a marvelous view of the water and Downtown San Diego’s immaculate scenery. If you’re feeling peaceful, you can honestly head to any beach. I prefer Sunset Cliffs or even a calm lake does it for me. Keeping it beyond real, we all love a shake from Foster’s Freeze or 5 rolled tacos with guac and cheese or some carne aside fries and an iced Horchata from Humberto’s. Surf N Soul is a Black-Owned family business that I’d recommend to anyone who loves Soul Food. If you’re ever in San Diego in the summertime, you best visit the La Vuelta car cruise in Chicano Park. If you’re a fan of low-riders and authentic Mexican food, you’d be surprised at all the great gems you’d discover in Barrio Logan.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I thank God for the life, breath, talents, and abilities I’ve been blessed with in order to express all that is within me in order to offer any form of an impact on those around me. I’d like to thank my family for every valuable lesson they’ve bestowed upon me. My mother deserves a lot of credit, specifically for sitting with me as a child, showing me the natural arts and skills of being an achieving student, a young church choir singer, proficient writer, and lastly, a creator of motivational music and poetry. Shoutout to Nate Howard, Founder of Movement BE, for inspiring me to “Tell your story before they do” back in 2013 at Helix High. With dedication and strong leadership, since 2013 we’ve connected with youth all across San Diego from youth aging within K-12 and branching off into community colleges, universities, and Juvenile Hall detention centers. I thank all who have come across my path and gifted me with knowledge, wisdom, and guidance, which has also served as a factor in who I am today and the dedication behind many of my accolades.
Credits: Artwork done by Ruben Hernandez. Credits: Photo by: Darrin Buchanan Credits: Photo by NCRC Staff