Ahhh… The last interview for the legendary Galentine’s Day 2017 Badass Babes series. It is only fitting that we end the day with our very own MFCEO, Gracey “GAT” Terrill. For those of you unaware of who this mythical creature is, buckle up. Not only has GAT created Sprots Takes from the ground up, GAT is a driving force behind our podcast, our apps, our social media presence, our recruiting, our image, our community events, our writing schedules, our #brand, our sponsors and the list could go on and on. Let’s celebrate this legend among mere mortals with a closing interview from the MFCEO herself.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
If you can imagine GAT as a child, I want you to think of a complete know-it-all mixed with a kid that had a heart of gold. I’m not just saying this to pat myself on the back, I really look back and admire that kid for being such a golden example of how to treat others the way you want to be treated. As far as my aspirations? I wanted to be the first female POTUS. I had a speech impediment that stopped me from correctly annunciating the follow letters:
My full name is Gracey Terrill. Most people thought I was saying “Gway-thee Tay-woah.”
I would have never imagined that one day I would be working in sports media, let alone sports radio. I have never been more humbled to be working in a field that I am equally parts passionate about and at the same time terrified of being a total flop.
Who has inspired you most?
Get ready for a cheesy answer… My kids. Hands down the two reasons that I work hard and want to be a great example for them. I don’t bring up my children on Twitter, because I don’t think they need that type of exposure to “GAT” quite yet. However, becoming a single mom in my early 20s insured that I wanted to provide an example of what hard work and determination could do. When I had my son in 2013 that just doubled the reasons why I needed to work hard and show them both how it was done.
Besides my kids? My countless mentors and role models that have helped along the way. My mom and dad (as well as my stepdad Jim) have been very supportive over the years of trial and error concepts, despite the higher rate of errors. I wouldn’t be able to chase my dreams without the support and help of my amazing family.
What are your goals for this year?
My goals for this year are simple, make history. Become the first female sports radio host in Kansas City, ever. I think it is time Kansas City heard from a female’s perspective and most of you seem to agree.
What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
While the cute answer would be “what is a day off,” I am firmly rooted in taking days off and enjoying myself whenever possible. Running a business, attending school online, raising two kids and managing a household isn’t the easiest thing in the world… but it is something I am lucky enough to be doing.
I never really stop networking and marketing myself in different ways, so I guess when I fully stop pushing my #brand… it is a miracle. I would like to go to Sandals and spend a romantic weekend with my life partner, Megan (@SprotsBae) as soon as possible. So… someone help make that happen.
What qualifies someone as a “badass” and do you think of yourself as one?
Someone that doesn’t let excuses and other bullsh*t get in the way of what they want to accomplish. I take an approach to life that comes down to making a plan, executing said plan and finding happiness with your accomplishments with said plan. Will you land your dream job straight out of college? Probably not. Can you land an entry level job that will propel you closer to your end goal? Sure. Celebrate that small victory.
I most certainly think of myself as a badass, I scare the honorary mayor of Kansas City (John “cat suit guy” Stoner) and that is enough for me.
Badass Babes see the joy in the little things in life, don’t get caught up in measuring someone else’s accomplishments against their own and seek to conquer the damn world… starting with their own community.