Speakers Profiles CSS 2020 Website 1280X720 Terri MacMillan


Terri was born in New York City’s Harlem in 1958, grew up in Queens and Manhattan, attended the High School of Music & Art as a voice and piano major. She went to Fordham University for 2 years as an English major. Her first real job was Manager, then Director of Business Affairs for CBS Records International for 10 years. She moved to General Manager of Paisley Park Music for 2 years.

Having fallen in love with the Shibuya-kei scene in Tokyo, she left the corporate world to run a non-profit, Medius Entertainment, whose mandate was to promote cultural exchange by bringing excellent Japanese underground bands to the US.

After almost 15 years of artist management (Pizzicato Five, Buffalo Daughter, FEED), Terri and her business partner decided the music business was moving in too mercenary a direction, and they moved into bi-cultural multimedia production and brand management. By this time, Terri was living in Tokyo, and working to find a way to build a life in the city.

Building a Creative Practice

Terri’s focus now is the concept learn:::create:::publish. As a lover of courses and books and learning, she has consumed a lot, created sporadically, and published little. 

In her early 60s, she decided that had to change.

She is creating a podcast and newsletter called ‘hello human’, documenting her creative projects. hello human is especially meant for middle-aged+ women who would love to build a creative practice and perhaps even turn it into a business someday. 

Terri is fortunate to have a full time job she enjoys, but it’s worth the time it takes to focus on the projects that build – and serve – this community.