Three-time Emmy nominee Terrence “J” Jenkins is an actor, host, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. But guess what — he started his career on the radio at just 16 years old! This man knows what it means to hustle and grind to build an empire, and he deserves all the success he’s achieved!
Terrence was born in Queens, New York, but he grew up mainly in North Carolina. There, he worked as a DJ for WRSV Soul 92.1 until he graduated from high school. At the radio station, Terrence got his first taste of hosting — and he was hooked. He continued working as a radio DJ throughout college, and just a couple of years after graduating with a degree in mass communication, he got a job as a co-host on BET’s hip hop and R&B music video show, 106 & Park.
Terrence went on to star in numerous movies — including Think Like a Man alongside Kevin Hart — and host several awards shows and competitions, including the Miss USA beauty pageant with Julianne Hough. He also replaced Ryan Seacrest as a co-anchor of E! News and appeared on Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, a spinoff of the wildly popular Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Those are some impressive credentials, but Terrence wasn’t done yet! Eventually, he decided to branch out into the publishing world, and in 2013, he published his first book, The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom. It’s an incredible memoir about the life lessons Terrence learned from his mom, and I’d encourage you to pick it up!
Throughout his extensive career, Terrence has hosted a wide range of live shows from the VMAs and BET Awards pre-shows to The Grammys, Golden Globes, and the Oscars! I loved having Terrence in the studio to share his extensive knowledge on breaking into the industry, making high profile connections, and reflecting on his journey to success. If you want to learn how to make connections, grow your network, and maintain a success mindset, join me on Episode 1,021 of The School of Greatness with Terrence J!