Can you tell our readers who Terrell Hubbard is?
Terrell Hubbard is a Brooklyn, NYC native who is known worldwide in the industry as Game Over, or G.O. Game Over fell in love with music and hosting at the age of 14. While his uncle Delano would DJ a Family Function, Parties, Block parties, he would grab the MIC and rock the crowd. As a teenager Game Over was known to be funny and the life of the party. Entertaining people was second nature to him. Game Over started to promote parties with another promoter as he got older and quickly found his passion in the NYC Hip Hop clubs and market and learned that the key to fulfillment is not in receiving, it is in giving back to the community.
How did you get into hosting?
I was at an event with my artist, Nay Nillz when the booked host didn’t show up. I told the DJ that I could do it. The promoter put me on and at the end of the night asked me to do it every month.
My photographer posted a picture on Social Media and all of a sudden people started reaching out. You are dope, funny. I like your style. Can you Host my event? It’s been a great ride since. I love every bit of hosting and making sure the crowd enjoys the venue.
Have you ever been bullied? If so, how did you get past it?
No, I have never been bullied. I cannot stand bullies and I have jumped in to stop this kind of behavior many times. That’s the very reason why I learned how to box.
What are your 3 favorite tools for doing something your audience cares about?
I like to involve people and get them laughing. I will act like a fool to make people comfortable and get them out of their minds. I constantly interact with the crowd and maintain energy.
What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?
Consistent practice. Maintain and expand your network. Always stay confident.
What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?
I would get a Booking Agent and a Manager, P.R. I feel I would have been a lot further than I am now but I am always grateful to be where I am today.
Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?
My Grandmother (RIP); raise me from the time I was 8 till she went home to be with the lord. She taught me how to be a man, how to stand on my own two feet and taught me how to value women.
My Aunt; If it wasn’t for her and my Uncle (RIP) there is no telling where I would be. They showed me that family was true and real. Taking me out of Foster Care at the age of 6. They showed me a real Christmas, Thanksgiving and what a real loving family looks like.
Jason Bourne (RIP); understood hosting and what it took to be a public figure. We had the same passion and drive but different styles. I learned a lot from being able to watch him talk to people. I can relate more because of what I learned from him.
Hollywood Play (RIP); observing his passion and love for the music and his community. He wanted to be signed but he wanted to be heard more. He was a visionary. His marketing and promotional skills were above everyone else. We have the same techniques, being from the streets and musically our grind is the same. He was inspirational.
Sean “Diddy” Combs; his rise from Intern to becoming a company President to him meeting the President! His work habits, promotional skills, belief, attitude, drive, and faith. People always say I remind them of him; I’m the first one up and the last to go to sleep. I watched Diddy understand the game and his way of thinking.
What would you say is the #1 key to longevity in the entertainment business?
Passion, dedication, networking, and grind. The right combination of these is key.
Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?
To me, nothing is a failure. Everything is a learning experience.
Why do you think it was a success?
I am self-made and self-motivated. I have no team. I’ve maintained this game for 7 years, across so many states, major radio, and showcases. I’ve spoken in schools and jails and worked with major artists and producers. All of this I have done via word of mouth, networking, and pure grind.
What does a typical day in your week look like?
I wake up early. I am on social media and networking, reaching out to blogs, magazines, producers, promoters, setting myself up for my ultimate goal of hosting the BET awards.
What keeps you going when things get tough business?
My confidence in myself is what keeps me going and motivated. I am just a kid from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn who has carried himself so far. From my parents being on drugs and being placed into foster care to walking around with 17 pins holding my coat together, I had holes in the bottom of my sneakers turning my feet black, and yet I have persevered.
The motivation stays because I can see how far I have come already. Some can get discouraged fast, so many claim to be hosts and don’t understand it more than just calling out Names. It is easy for a real host like myself to get lost in the crowd without recognition. I am very knowledgeable and can stand on my own two feet no matter what life throws at me and whoever is on the roster, I am ready to showcase my talent on the BIG STAGE.
How can my readers connect with you?
EMAIL: BOOKINGAMEOVER@GMAIL.COM OR TerrellHubbard@yahoo.com