Enlightenment Issue MADE Magazine - Page 15

MADEFEATURES MADEXXXX CTG: When I was working at Z93 I was still living with my mom and I had two other jobs. I worked at a telemarketing place and I worked at a clothing store in the mall called Demo. That helped me out because I was working in the mall, so I could always get some fresh gear. The telemarketing thing was kind of keeping a lot of money in my pocket because at the time I was paying a lot of my own legal fees, so that hurt me a little bit. I always tell kids in order to accomplish your dreams, you have to deal with your reality. Dealing with my reality was having a job. The first time I ever got a full-time gig was at Hot 98.9 in Charleston and when I got fired from there I was living with my mom. Then I got a job in Columbia doing radio and I used to drive back and forth every weekend. It just always seemed like God always had a structure for me because when I was in Charleston I was living with my mom and then when I started going back and forth to Columbia, my now wife was attending the University of South Carolina in Columbia. So, I was doing weekend radio in Columbia, I would be on the air from Thursday to Sunday and I would just crash with her. It just all ended up working out. After a while I was just like “Eff it” and moved out and got me a $400 a month apartment. I had no furniture with a TV on the floor. The only thing I think I had was a bed. My mom let me take the bed from the house, but that’s the grind. You gotta do what you gotta do. MADE: Very true. In talking about the grind, why do you feel it’s important not to get caught up on a check when you’re trying to establish yourself? CTG: I feel like when you’re caught up on a check, you miss out on a real opportunity. A lot of people don’t recognize opportunity unless a paycheck is attached to it. If the only time you recognize an opportunity is if a paycheck is attached to it, then you don’t really know what true opportunity is. Opportunity doesn’t come with monetary value. A real opportunity is life- changing and a lot of times it has nothing to do with money. The first time I got an opportunity to work in New York was with Wendy Williams. Her husband Kevin said, “Look man, we can’t pay you. We can give you a place to stay.” I was out. The reason I was out because I understood that coming from Hot 98.9 and going to the number one market, [I was] getting the chance to work alongside a radio icon. Say what you want, but Wendy is a radio icon. Now she’s a multimedia icon, but at the time she was a radio icon. She was 20 years in the game. This is someone whose books I read, who influenced me and inspired me. Before I even knew Wendy, I used to have a Wendy Williams bobblehead doll sitting in the studio of the radio station. I always respected Wendy and I always respected Howard Stern. When I got the opportunity to work with somebody like that, I knew that was priceless. I just did it. Plus, I never did anything for money anyway because I never had any. I sold crack, but I wasn’t really one of those guys that was selling crack because I wanted money. I was selling crack because it seemed like everyone around me was doing it. It was more like a thing to fit in more so than, “Oh, I gotta get this bread.” I’ve never been that guy. Ever. MADE: You mentioned Wendy Williams, and I want to go back to that. Why did you say that working for her was the best and worst time of your life? CTG: Simply because it was a time where I learned all the right things to do and all the wrong things to do. It’s just not the easiest situation to be in. Wendy’s husband can be a bit much and that’s just the truth of the matter. Plus, I was away from home and I really didn’t have any money. Not having money in South Carolina is different from not having money in New York. I had to learn how to ride the bus and little things like that. Sometimes I’d be sitting in the crib that they had for me and they just didn’t pay the light bill. I would be there in the cold and shivering and I wouldn’t say anything about it because it wasn’t a complaint. They would pop up and say, “The lights aren’t on?” Then they would turn the lights on. It was t he best and worst time for me because it was like a family vibe. You had Nicole Spencer, Tarin Donatien and Trev Hollywood—people that I grew to appreciate like family for like two to three years. Then it all came crashing down when Nicole filed her sexual assault suit against Kevin. It just wasn’t the same. We kind of had to choose sides and give statements. Nicole is my girl to this day. It was just bad. Literally the best and worst time of my life. made-magazine.com | 15