Meet Terrie Jackson, Universal Studios Event Producer


TERRIE JACKSON

TERRIE HOLDS TWO DEGREES AFTER GRADUATING FROM CSULB IN 2016. HER DEGREES ARE IN FASHION MERCHANDISING AND EVENT MANAGEMENT. TERRIE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN EVENTS FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, WORKING PROFESSIONALLY IN EVENTS FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS. SHE LETS US INTO THE STRUGGLE OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE IMPACT IT HAD ON HER. 

WOMXNITE ASKS TERRIE HOW SHE FIGURED OUT HER PASSION IN LIFE WAS EVENT PLANNING:

“UNDERGOING UNEMPLOYMENT REALLY PUT A LOT OF SHIT INTO PERSPECTIVE FOR ME. IT CAN BE ONE OF THE HARDEST, MOST DEMEANING AND “HUSH HUSH” EXPERIENCES SOMEONE CAN EVER GO THROUGH ALONE. SOME DAYS I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD GET A MEDAL FOR MAKING THE DECISION TO GET OUT OF BED INSTEAD OF SIT AROUND ALL DAY, FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF, BINGE-WATCHING “NEW GIRL”, BUT IT HAS BEEN IN THIS EXPERIENCE THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DISCOVER THE THINGS I WANT MOST OUT OF LIFE AND HOW I WANT TO CARRY MYSELF. THROUGH THIS DAUNTING TIME, I’VE REALIZED JUST HOW RELENTLESS I AM IN ACHIEVING MY PASSION AND DREAM CAREER IN WORKING EVENTS. EVEN THROUGH ALL OF THE “NO’S”, THE TEARS, FRUSTRATION AND SECLUSION I HAVE FELT, I STILL WANT IT AND KNOW THAT WITH PERSEVERANCE, CONSISTENCY AND DEDICATION I’LL GET WHAT I’VE WORKED SO HARD FOR AND HAVE A TESTIMONY TO SHARE WITH OTHERS AFTER.”

WHAT IS THE BEST DECISION YOU’VE MADE? THE WORST?

“THE “BEST” DECISION I’VE MADE THUS FAR WAS TO NOT GIVE UP ON MYSELF OR MY GOALS. BETWEEN 24-25, I HAVE EXPERIENCED ENDLESS AMOUNTS OF HARDSHIPS, HEARTBREAKS, DISAPPOINTS, SET-BACKS, NEGATIVE THOUGHTS, VOICES, YOU NAME IT I HAVE ENDURED IT. THE BEST THING I DECIDED TO DO FOR MYSELF WAS TO KEEP GOING.”

WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN GETTING TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

“GETTING OUT OF MY HEAD AND MY OWN WAY, AND SOMETHING I’M STILL WORKING ON. I PRIDE MYSELF IN TRYING TO EXTEND LOVE AND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE CLOSE TO ME WHEN THEY AREN’T DOING TOO WELL, BUT FAIL TO RECIPROCATE THE SAME KINDNESS TO MYSELF IN THE MIDST OF MY OWN STORMS. I HAVE TO CONSTANTLY REMIND MYSELF OF THE GOOD THAT I’VE DONE AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY DESERVE FOR MY OWN. I’VE ALSO HAD TO KEEP IN MIND THAT WHILE IT’S NICE TO ALWAYS HAVE A “PLAN” (VIRGO PROBLEMS), YOU CAN PLAN A PRETTY PICNIC BUT YOU CAN’T PREDICT THE WEATHER AND IN THAT, SOMETIMES SHIT ISN’T GOING TO GO THE WAY I WANT IT TO, BUT I JUST HAVE TO MAKE DUE WITH THE RAIN AND KEEP PUSHING.”

WORKING IN EVENTS, TERRIES ADVISES THOSE LOOKING TO PURSUE THIS CAREER PATH:

“BE VERY THICK-SKINNED. EVENTS MOVE QUICKLY WITH A LOT OF ASPECTS AND PIECES TO CONSIDER, THEREFORE, YOU HAVE TO BE SUPER QUICK MENTALLY, ON YOUR FEET AND KNOW AT THE END OF THE DAY SHIT JUST HAS TO GET DONE…UTILIZE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM HAVE BIRTHDAYS. PRACTICE YOUR EVENT SKILLS AND BUILD UP YOUR “PORTFOLIO” BY TAKING A STAB AT PLANNING THEIR FESTIVITIES. YOU MIGHT BUILD UP ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO HAVE YOUR OWN EVENT PLANNING SERVICES. LASTLY, A THERAPIST. NO, SERIOUSLY. NOT NECESSARILY FOR THIS FIELD BUT FOR LIFE IN GENERAL. IT’S ONE OF THE BEST RESOURCES I’VE UTILIZED TO DATE.”

TERRIE SHARES WITH US A PIECE OF ADVICE HER FATHER GAVE HER:

“IF YOU DON’T TAKE CARE OF IT, IT WON’T TAKE CARE OF YOU.” I ALWAYS TAKE PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT THINGS I TEND TO WATER AND CARE FOR THE MOST ALWAYS SEEM TO LAST. 

 

WOMXNITE WANTS TO THANK TERRIE FOR BEING SO INCREDIBLY VULNERABLE WITH US AND SHINING A LIGHT ON THE SECLUSION AND LACK OF TALK ON WHAT GOING THROUGH UNEMPLOYMENT IS LIKE. WE APPLAUD YOU, TERRIE, FOR LETTING US ALL INTO AN EXPERIENCE THAT CAN REALLY BREAK SOMEONE. YOU INSPIRE US WITH YOUR COURAGE TO SHARE AND YOUR DETERMINATION WHOLEHEARTEDLY PURSUE YOUR DREAMS! 

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH TERRIE, FOLLOW HER ON IG @TERRRIMISU