Creative Director and Videographer of Sky Movement Terrell Maurice Taylor, more commonly known among local industry buffs as Moe, began his still-evolving journey in the entertainment industry in 1996 when he first moved to Atlanta, GA.
Born in Birmingham, AL and raised in Tacoma, WA, Moe followed his aunt Tina; a former film student at Georgia State University, claiming his move south was two-fold: the result of a triggered curiosity about film from an influential aunt, and a getaway from Tacoma’s gang-infested streets.
“I came to Atlanta to be famous,” Moe said, who sometimes still goes as Maurice, whatever is more comfortable for the clientele. The ticket: acceptance to the Devry Institute of Atlanta, where he studied Telecommunications.
In 1997, past co-worker, Maurice Sanders invited Moe to a video shoot, which would change everything. But it wasn’t right away that Moe developed a desire to direct. “Never in a million years did I think I would be so close to Hollywood,” he said. Behind the scenes, Moe realized his natural gift of understanding – how things work, why they work, and what actually works. He dabbled in spoken word as a performer and completed several acting classes, which mainly led to features in most of his aunt’s film projects. Eventually, Moe joined forces with business partners Dwight Wilson and Maurice Sanders, forming Soul Mecca [Multimedia Group], and found himself behind the scenes and rubbing shoulders with most of the rising stars of the southern hip hop movement of that era: Comedian Young Jack Thriller, formerly known as Honey Bunz; Comedian Kelly “K Dubb” Walker, whose appeared on P. Diddy’s Bad Boy’s of Comedy, Who’s got Jokes and BET’s Comic View; Singer/Songwriter India Arie; and Director/Editor Gabriel Hart, whose directed videos for TI, B.O.B., Young Jezzy, Fat Joe, Yung L.A and many others. While helping run his first effort with the multimedia company Moe also discovered and managed T.O.N.E. “Taking On A New Era” With Soul Mecca, Maurice gained real industry experience and began building a foundation for latter endeavors. In 2003, he worked on a spoof featuring Atlanta’s comedy all-stars, “Baby Boy Don’t Get Your Hair Cut at the Last Dragon Barbershop This Friday.” The project’s footage, however, was never released. In 2005, Moe produced author Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl video, wetting his feet yet again as a rising talent.
Since December 2008, Moe has been part of the Sky Movement team directing and editing, video blogging, creating Web-isodes and image consulting. “Making people look good,” he said, “...that’s what I do.” Introduced to tag team Richard Penton and Clemm Rishad through his 23-year-old brother, an up-and-coming rapper Young Bus, Maurice shot his first video with the company and hasn’t looked back since. Artists on Writer’s Block at Sky Movement wrote “Fly” on Nicki Minaj’s album, which features Rihanna; and the lyrics to “Pretty Girls” for artist Iyaz’s first single, featuring Travie McCoy.
Finally, Maurice realizes that directing and editing was always his dream; but not until recently did he deem that dream a possibility. He firmly sticks to the Six Degrees of Separation Rule, purporting that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries he will introduce the world to Tacoma, placing the city on a map with more than enough room for its existence.