Have you ever had someone that you meet and you think that they’re fantastic, and then you follow them on social media and you discover that they’re super fantastic? What’s that all about? Well, that’s my friend and former colleague Terence.
Terence is the kind of online person who you look forward to the next link that they’re going to share, opinion they are going to have or hilarious celebrity jab that they pen. He’s the kind of guy who makes this whole social media thing worth while. You don’t follow him because he’s tragic – you know those tragic people you don’t unfollow because you’re addicted to their soap opera of a life. You follow him because he’s flawless – the opposite of tragic. Anyway, Terence may not be famous, but he should be, he should be a cewebrity. Below is an interview we had about his move from Toronto to the UK, advertising, judging people, Paddington Bear and celebrity crushes. Note: I stole the Paddington picture for this post from his Instagram. Thanks Terence.
1) You once said that social media gives you the right to judge everyone, which was awesome, could you elaborate?
Well for those of you who don’t know me, surely this statement seems harsh. My tone is always sarcastic, but there is meaning behind this. I have strong opinions. I’ve been raised to have opinions – people who stand for nothing are so vanilla. Social media is just another way of voicing my opinions, albeit a very public soapbox rather than expressing my views to someone within earshot.
I think if you put yourself out there, you’re going to be judged. I have to face that reality too. Not everyone will agree with you – how boring will that be?
2) What’s the deal with your hate on for basic bitches? I myself am a tad basic, but I like it. I like Starbucks and Uggs a lot.
Haha, people who have basic tendencies shouldn’t feel threatened. If you are a smart and conscientious person who occasionally enjoys a Starbucks selfie, you need not be so defensive. However, if your entire instagram feed is of Pumpkin Spiced Latte and vacation hot dog legs, I feel for the people who have to deal with you daily.
3) Out of all of the Paddington Bears in London, which one was your favourite and why?
Tough questions! I think the Paddington Trail was a wonderful marketing campaign not only for the movie but for London tourism. As a newbie to London, it gave me an outlet to explore the city – it is scary how I still remember each location of the bears.
My favourite would have to be Shakesbear by Michael Sheen. Multiple reasons – a) it’s Michael F-ing Sheen, b) the pun makes me giggle and c) it was located on Southbank with St. Paul’s Cathedral as a backdrop. Just brilliant.
4) So, one day you’re working at a top ad agency in Toronto and the next you up and move to London with no secure job. How did you grow such strong balls? Because it takes balls of steel to do that.
It’s not the first time I dropped a job and decided to go do something different, so I had practice. I took a year off in 2012 to go travel for a year. Life is too short to focus on career 24/7.
I also think it’s a terrible feeling to be too comfortable and Toronto for me was that. My social circle was there and I knew most of the downtown core having lived there for so long. Being comfortable equals boredom to me. Life is too short to be bored.
5) Seriously though, what’s it like working where advertising as we know it began? What’s it like in Londontown?
Don’t get me wrong – advertising is advertising everywhere in the world. The challenges are the same everywhere. “Same shit different pile” couldn’t ring more true even when you change location.
However, the opportunities are endless. I was actually able to be pretty picky with the job opportunities I had here. I wanted to work on a global brand and on global digital work that also gave me the opportunity to work on film content creation and I got thrown into two projects on the first week. It was the first time in a while that I actually felt excited and scared after being taken through the concept we were selling through the next day. Excited because the idea is incredible and scary because it hasn’t been done before. That’s the type of work I want to do and felt I was missing in Toronto.
6) You post the most delicious food always and hashtag it #fatkid, but you’re not a fat kid. Why do you taunt us all with your tasty treats that we don’t get to eat?
Hahaha – aren’t we all #fatkids at heart though? First off, I hide it well. Second, life is too short to go on a diet. Third, bacon.
I think we have enough problems with society telling us that eating is wrong. I’d like to think I’m doing the public a service to say – EAT. ENJOY. Then run your ass off – I just choose not to show my workout photos, I look terrible working out.
7) Which celebrity do you love the most right now and which one are you hating on?
- Woman crush: Anna Kendrick.
- Man crush: Eddie Redmayne.
- #ByeFelicia: Anne Hathaway.
- #ByeFelipe: Russell Crowe – both of them ruined Les Miserables (2012 film) for me.
8) Are you going to try to pick up the fancy London accent or the less fancy accent while you’re there?
I feel like I want a posh accent because I love Kensington and Chelsea here. I just don’t want to f-it up and have a Madonna accent. I mean, Madge, no one is buying what you’re selling.
9) Toronto vs. London. Go:
- Manageable Cost of Living vs. OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPENSIVE.
- TTC – The Terrible Commute vs still a very bad rush hour commute but you can get anywhere in the city.
- Partiers goes to King and Queen West / Ossington vs. Partiers go ANYWHERE
- Gentrification pushes out the poor vs social housing quotas per Borough so affordable housing is everywhere.
- Can’t count on one hand landmarks to your friends visiting vs. an endless list of places to go.
- Cold. Motha f-ing cold. Vs. Rain. So much f-ng rain.
10) Since you’re a travel junkie, where is your favourite fix?
If I had the money right now, I’ll go back to Hanoi in a heartbeat and chug down bowls of Pho from street vendors. At $1.50 CDN a bowl, it’s pho-tastic.
11) Anything else you want to say to my readers?
Thanks for this opportunity to express myself. Loved all of these questions – very thoughtful and quirky, much like you Jen.
I think the one thing I would say would be, if you have a voice inside you pushing you to drop what you’re doing to do something scary and exciting, take that chance. Don’t be comfortable and boring.
Also, if you have a voice in your head that’s not going away, I’d seek professional advice. (PS – this is in no way making light of mental illness…okay, maybe mildly.)
Thanks again Jen!
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