JAMES TERRELL III | Vallejo, California | The Shop Collaboration


It’s ya boy James Terrell, we out here at
the crib right now with my boy Nick. Getting cleaned up, you know what I’m saying. For
the new year. About to answer some good questions for y’all, stay tuned stay tuned. So I grew
up in Vallejo, California. Starting playing ball, at six at Wilson Park. Met a lot of
good people over there. After that, started playing travel ball at 12 in Livermore, for
the Norcal Grizzlies. Met a lot of good coaches that I still teach some of their teachings
now to this day, when I do have lessons. After two years with the Grizzlies, I was blessed
to try out for the USA team. Did pretty good with that, and made it all the way to the
end in North Carolina. Didn’t end up making the team, cried in my moms lap. It was one
of those things, but I would say that exact moment changed my career. Thats when I knew
I had to implement grind x 10. There wasn’t kids that were that much better than me, but
I just knew that the difference between me and them wasn’t that much. And I knew I had
to work harder to make that gap way bigger. After that it was my Freshmen year at St Pats,
and my goal was to make the Varsity team. I knew I was going to make the team because
my dad was the coach, but I was way past making the Varsity team, it was more I can’t let
my dad down. My Senior year, I signed officially to Fresno State, but I had the intention of
getting drafted. I knew what I had to do to get drafted, I was mapping out the stats of
other kids who got drafted out of high school the years before me. Such as Derek Hill, BJ
Boyd, etc. I noticed that for the most part they hit close to 500. I knew that I had to
do that, so I told myself that for the whole offseason and all that grind leading up to
the season. It was all about hitting 500, hitting 500. Long story short I ended up hitting
508, with 4 home runs again. I ended up getting drafted in the 11th round, for 6 figures.
Now I mention the 6 figures, not to be cocky, but to bring awareness to the fact that when
you’re that young and you get that much money. That comes with a lot of things, positive
and negative. Positive with just knowing that hard work does pay off, I’d say thats the
biggest thing, but negative is just everyone else around you, your circle. You know how
much money you make, and you might tell them, but to them its unlimited money, especially
when you’re coming out of high school. So my experience in the minor leagues, Id say
it taught me so much. I had to grow up quick. I always tell people, I skipped 21, 22, 23,
and right when I got drafted within a month, I went from 18 to 25. Because of the lifestyle
and the grind. The only difference between High School and the Minor Leagues for me was
that it was everyday. Everyday we had practice, everyday we had a game. I worked out all the
time, everyday, I worked on my craft. But it wasn’t like practice where its almost a
showcase everyday, you got this guy you need to impress, and this guy you need to impress.
It’s just way different, so everyday is something new, and you have to be on top of your game
everyday. Coming from a 24 game season to 60 games in 3 months, is different. Especially
when its not tournament style, its just everyday. One of the main things, I wish I had more
of when I was playing was discipline. Knowing that whatever I was doing will always be there,
and I have to take care of whatever I have right now. For example, say we have to go
to the field at 8, why don’t I get up at 5, and do the same thing I was doing in High
School and get in that cage at 6 AM. But when you’re in Vermont, or something like that
and you’re limited resources with driving, you have to wait for somebody else or you
don’t really have the money for Uber, it kind of makes it a little hard. Try to find out
what you can do, to get that edge to deepen that gap like I mentioned before. Between
you versus them. It’s kind of hard to find in the Minor Leagues, but there’s absolutely
no excuse as of why you can’t do that, or why you can’t get that edge. Whether it’s
getting extra hitting between games, between practice, there’s always a way. I guess you
could say thats the only regret I have, I don’t have this. Using my not having the resources,
as an excuse to not get better. That’s the only regret I have, but other then that I
had a great career. I met a lot of people, like I was saying I had to grow up fast. I
learned a lot of life lessons, that have made me for sure who I am today. After three years,
I was released. I just knew for some reason, I had a different reaction. I didn’t cry,
like I did when I was 14. It was more of a feeling of what am I going to do now, rather
then I’m going to make it. Thats when I knew that my love of the game had faded away. Just
like anything, too much of anything could kind of deteriorate your love for something.
You kind of take it for granted, in a sense and I can say that sometimes I would take
my days for granted, I always thought that tomorrow is promised, when it definitely is
not. That is a key right there, and if you get your dream taken away from you, its not
the end of the world. You still have to keep on going, everything and everyone in your
life is a season, and what can you learn from everyone and everything that God puts in front
of you. I learned from my experiences, and I put it into my next career. Which is acting
and modeling. So I moved out to LA, I live in Burbank right now. Really trying to get
on that grind, of becoming just as good of an actor as I was a baseball player I guess
you could say. Im trying to implement that grind, to acting and I feel like that’s going
to be my edge. In acting they always tell you, you’re going to be told no, more then
you are going to be told yes. So you could get 9 no’s, but that 1 yes could set up your
career. I feel like it’s the same for baseball, you get 3 hits out of 10, you’re considered
one of the best. I feel like that’s my advantage for acting, is that I’m not afraid of no.
No is more of a yes to me, because it is going to teach me something, its going to teach
me what I did wrong, what can I improve? That’s how you have to think of failure, there’s
no such thing as L’s or losses. I truly don’t believe it losses, or failures or anything
like that because every moment win or lose is a teaching moment. That’s how I think about
life, it’s a easier way of thinking of life because you’re less stressed, when things
don’t go your way, it’s kind of like, whatever on to the next or I need to do something to
make myself better, so that the next time it’s a yes and not a no. Forsure one is my
ability to adapt in any environment, I could talk to the guys in the hood, or I could talk
to the President of the United States. It doesn’t really matter, and I could be comfortable
in both environments. I feel like that is something, a lot of kids our age and younger
struggle with that. With just speaking up for yourself. Just opening your mouth, not
caring what people have to say, opinions, it’s your opinion. You can only do you, like
you. No one can do that better than you. So if it’s your opinion, you’re pretty much right
until proven wrong. In your mind so definitely being adaptable in every environment. One
thing my dad would always tell me, “closed mouths don’t get fed” so if you over in the
corner, hella quiet, don’t expect anything to fall in your lap. You over there not asking
for what you want, you arnt going for what you want. Over there in the corner, on hush
mode. Can’t do it. Another thing, people say that I’m on wave, they say I got swag, but
really I just be wearing a white T, black T, grey T, with some nice pants, nice shoes
and whatever I’m feeling for that day, that’s what Ill put on. Apparently it looks good
to y’all, so I guess I’ll take that. Just doing what you want, you know. Taking advantage
of your time that you do have on this Earth, because you do only have one life. And me
personally, I don’t want to live that one life in a cubicle, trying to make someone
else dream come true. That’s just not my style. Id rather be spending hours and hours. Mastering
my craft, putting in those 10000 hours, to make my dreams come true, rather than someone
else. I’m not bashing that life style, working for someone, getting a good job because if
that makes you happy then you’re doing what you want to do. For me personally, I can’t
do that. I need to get on my grind. Shoutout to everybody who took the time out of their
day to watch this. Shoutout my boy Nick for giving me the feature on here, really appreciate
that. Shoutout CONSISTENT, what y’all are doing, the messages that are getting across
to people will really help the future, and the youth. Just people in need of that extra
information or education on how to live their life. What y’all are doing here is definitely
awesome. Shoutout to the Fam, shoutout to my boy Dev, shoutout my boy Josh, Mark, Marcus,
Fab, Jon Jon, Nick again, David, Cris, all these you know what Im saying, homies shoutout
to y’all because you know when I felt like I was down and released. Just when I was down,
I guess you could say. Before I looked behind me, looked beside me and all these homies
were still there for me, it wasn’t a switch up. I appreciate y’all, love yall forreal
forreal. Yeah thanks for watching, make sure you comment on those fresh cut, you know what
Im saying, comment and I don’t know lets start some conversations, Ill be active in the comments,
don’t say anything bad. Forreal thank y’all for watching, you know I hope y’all enjoy.

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