What inspired your modeling and acting career?
I became inspired to become an Actor/Model after my career ended as a professional athlete. I never had any interests at all in the entertainment industry until a modeling agent who was also a sports agent followed my basketball career and he reached out to me about trying my hand at modeling and I said why not. I gave it a try and it turned out to be ver successful and then I fell into Acting by accident. I tagged along with a friend of mine to his acting class and the acting coach asked me to participate because I was sitting way in the back and they were short handed on students that day and I fell in love with it after I participated. And I have been doing both now for 14yrs.
How do you manage the high level of competition in the industry?
Wow. I manage the high level of competition in the industry by trying to stay relevant and staying busy. I am also always trying to work on and improve my craft. This is a very difficult and competitive industry and you absolutely have to be on top of your game and striving to get better daily. Just like when I was playing sports. I was always in the gym practicing and working on my game. The same principles apply in this industry. You always have to be practicing and working on the craft of acting and stepping outside of your comfort zone and pushing your limits. I strive to be the absolute best there is. I stay hungry. I stay motivated.
What inspired you to create your own film?
I was inspired to create my own series due to an insatiable love for art, people, and the need for seeing versions of myself and our stories on screen.
What is the name of your film and the synopsis?
The title of the series is Playwright. An action drama with a unique literary appeal, it's the story of a playwright and college professor of English/Literature who masks his cover as a government intel expert and assassin while raising his young daughter as a widower. Quotes and parallels from the writer's of the Harlem Renaissance are often interwoven into the story lines. There's suspense, intrigue, action, and mystery as the main character teaches the art of story and raises a precocious daughter, while engaging in weaponry, hand to hand combat, and a league of female assassins, amidst the world of human trafficking.
How have the Arts impacted your life?
Art has impacted my life significantly because it has given me an expressive outlet for my happiness as well as my pain. Being an artist also allows me to interpret others emotions and that has proven to be cathartic for me as well as the customer
Tell us about your style of art and training.
I am a self trained artist. I would call my art form modern eclectic, hence MaxxxD Out. It’s my own vibe. It’s everything to the max. Extreme. Thought provoking, vibrant and lively
What happened that made you feel as though your talent was good enough for the market?
I don’t recall there ever being a time where I doubted that my work wasn’t good enough for the market. It was always moreover my being a loner that and not really wanting the “attention” so to speak that has held me back a little bit those times are over.
What inspires your art creations?
Life. I get into this wild creative space in my head where I visualize everything and then I Maxxx it out . It’s weird, hard to explain I don’t necessarily have any one thing that I inspires me to create because it’s everything.
Where can people purchase your merchandise?
For purchase they can go to my website at www.maxxxd.com, IG @ _terrancejames and @_mxdout I am open for DM’s as I specialize in custom orders
What advice would you give someone who sought to be an entrepreneur?
I would tell other people seeking to become an entrepreneur to be true to their self and their craft. Thug it out. Have faith. Don’t give up.
How can we follow you?
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Honestly I just wanted more, more money and more time with my family. When you work a typical 9-5 it’s a cap on how much you can get paid and once you reach that, that’s it. I have a wife and 3 daughters now and spending time with them is the most important thing to me. Being an entrepreneur means creating your own hours, even though it’s not easy and it seems like the work is never done. But at least I can be doing the work around the company of my loved ones.
The personal training industry has grown tremendously. What makes your business stand out in maintaining your viability?
Well for one, with me it’s not about the money. My plans are probably the cheapest out of all the personal trainers out there. I genuinely want people to experience a healthy Lifestyle so if that means sacrificing money, then so be it. My plans are $99 for a four week personalized workout plan and meal plan. pennies compared to my competitors.