Enlightenment Issue MADE Magazine - Page 17

MADEFEATURES MADEXXXX genuine curiosity. I just mix that up and go. MADE: You have all these projects and I know you have a lot more that you want to accomplish, but do you feel like you made it? CTG: No, I don’t. I don’t why. That’s a good question. I don’t though. My mother told me a long time ago, “Just be happy that you’re making a living.” I feel that I’m making a great living. I just don’t feel like I made it yet. And I don’t know what’s going to make me feel like that to be totally honest with you. I don’t know what’s going to make me say, “Wow, I made it.” I know the goals I’m looking at and the people I look up to. I look up to Steve Harvey, Ryan Seacrest and Howard Stern. Those are the individuals who made it. They’re good. They will forever be etched in stone. I feel like with my legacy, I’m really just starting to establish, right now in this moment. MADE: What other areas of entertainment do you want to explore? CTG: I love creating, meaning I love the whole executive producer vibe. I love finding talent, developing talent and building shows around that talent. Whether it’s a podcast, television or roles for movies. I’m writing scripts now. I’ve got TV ideas that I’ve come up with in the works, movie ideas I’ve come up with. Reality shows. I love that space. I love that space of creating. Finding new people, putting them on and empowering them. That’s how you’re forever in the game. I really feel that way. I really feel like you’re defined by the people you empower. MADE: What has been the key to your evolution without changing who you are? CTG: I’m not afraid to grow. That’s another thing I talk about in my book—how a know-itall knows nothing. That’s why I never liked that whole “no new friends” concept because I feel like when you shut yourself off from having new friends, you shut yourself off from new people, new experiences and people who can help you grow and who can help you evolve. I’m not afraid to grow, I’m not afraid to evolve. Seven years ago, when I first started this, my daughter wasn’t eight years old. I wasn’t married seven years ago. There are different things that happen in your life that cause you to grow and evolve. That’s just what I’ve done. I haven’t changed. The core of me is still the same. MADE: What’s the main thing you want people to take away from your book? CTG: I honestly just want people to be empowered. I want people to be as empowered reading my book as I was empowered after reading From Niggas to Gods by Akil, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley, Message to The Blackman In America by Elijah Muhammad and after I read the Four Agreements. I just want people to be empowered. Other people’s stories empowered me growing up. I remember the first time I read From Niggas to Gods by Akil and the way he was talking in the book to young black people was so relevant and so on point that I literally had to change my ways immediately. After I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, I realized that Malcolm X was once Malcolm Little. That just teaches you the process is real. Everyone can evolve. Everyone can grow so I just want people to read this book and genuinely feel empowered. I want people to feel like, “Man, eff what everybody is talking about.” Yeah, there’s white privilege. Yes, there’s systemic racism, and yes you will be marginalized and oppressed, but you’re still special. God put you here and God created you exactly how he wanted you to be. You need to tap into that divine energy and just grow and go. Period. I want people to read this book and feel like, “Can’t nothing stop me.” When Fat Joe and Remy Ma say, “Nothing can stop me, I’m all the way up.” Or when Diddy says, “Can’t stop, won’t stop.” Or when Jay Z says, “I cannot lose.” I have genuinely felt that way everyday day of my life no matter the situation, no matter the circumstance. When people ask me why, I just say because I tapped into what I was, what I am. What I am is a Black man from Moncks Corner, South Carolina, raised on a dirt road. I say that so much because for whatever reason that gives me strength. That’s the energy that keeps me going. I just want people to read this book and feel empowered. Vest: Vintage Tuxedo Vest Shirt: Tallia Pant: Nautica Footwear: Florsheim Red Coat: LeCruz Sweater: Zadig & Voltaire Pant: G Star Footwear: Ben Sherman WARDROBE: Harrison Crite Navy Suit: Suit Supply Shirt: Hugo Boss Footwear: Adidas x Stan Smith made-magazine.com | 17 MADEFEATURES MADEXXXX genuine curiosity. I just mix that up and go. MADE: You have all these projects and I know you have a lot more that you want to accomplish, but do you feel like you made it? CTG: No, I don’t. I don’t why. That’s a good question. I don’t though. My mother told me a long time ago, “Just be happy that you’re making a living.” I feel that I’m making a great living. I just don’t feel like I made it yet. And I don’t know what’s going to make me feel like that to be totally honest with you. I don’t know what’s going to make me say, “Wow, I made it.” I know the goals I’m looking at and the people I look up to. I look up to Steve Harvey, Ryan Seacrest and Howard Stern. Those are the individuals who made it. They’re good. They will forever be etched in stone. I feel like with my legacy, I’m really just starting to establish, right now in this moment. MADE: What other areas of entertainment do you want to explore? CTG: I love creating, meaning I love the whole executive producer vibe. I love finding talent, developing talent and building shows around that talent. Whether it’s a podcast, television or roles for movies. I’m writing scripts now. I’ve got TV ideas that I’ve come up with in the works, movie ideas I’ve come up with. Reality shows. I love that space. I love that space of creating. Finding new people, putting them on and empowering them. 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