He’s a force to be reckoned with, regardless of what side of the camera he’s on.
Without a doubt in his mind, Tylik Hill believes the Universe opens up for all of us, as long as one’s heart is in the right place.
From covering red carpet events, exclusive premieres and more, the Chief Operating Officer and Editor of Vocab Entertainment candidly admits he didn’t always have a love for the media industry. Formerly employed by the NBA, Tylik says it was a simple conversation with a colleague that sparked an undeniable passion for capturing entertainment’s greatest moments.
“I was working for the NBA at the time and [my colleague] was telling me about her fiance’s idea to start an online fashion magazine. To be honest, I wasn’t really into media.”
Following their conversation, Tylik says he honestly only considered contributing his talents as a Music Editor. Unbeknownst to him, his partners had other plans for the producer/artist. Those plans would incorporate his charismatic personality and optimistic aura – creating Mr. VocabTV.
In 2011, after being laid off, Tylik says he and his team decided to take a leap of faith and fully invest into their new project. Together,the trio launched Vocab Magazine, an online publication inspired by The Fugee’s hit “Vocab”.
Ultimately desiring to brand for a global scale, Ty says the name just made sense to the team.
“Vocab is a universal word, we all use it as our number one means of communication. It’s used among all people, it’s the best way to describe [what you’re feeling].”
As a monthly publication, Vocab Magazine featured the latest news and showcased the latest trends related to the industries of entertainment, beauty, style and fashion.
“[For the first issue] My partner asked me to interview [the clothing designers]. I’m like“for what?” I’m not a correspondent. [laughs] But, she said my social skills were really in tact and they really wanted that to be apart of the magazine.”
The transition from the NBA to media was not as challenging as Tylik thought it would be.
“I’m a firm believer in God and faith. I always felt that me working at the NBA store had a purpose -for me to connect with my business partners. The only difficult thing was having to learn things hands-on, taking classes and learning things on YouTube. The transition was easy, it was just the learning curves that I had to get through. I knew it was for a bigger purpose, so I maintained.”
Now, almost three years since the magazine’s last issue, Tylik has re-branded the publication to Vocab Entertainment, as his partners have decided to return to full-time employment. Humbled and grateful for the platform they collectively created, Tylik says he still considers them his partners.
Through trials and tribulations, the man behind the lens has continued to persevere because simply put: he loves what he does.
“I’m not doing this for myself, with everything that I do, I service the world. Anything that I can do that can help someone else, that pays me more than what I can expect. I love to see people that have vision and dreams, and me being able to help you bring that to fruition, I love that.”
For Tylik, it’s his faith in his purpose that keeps him inspired to keep pushing, no matter what.
“I have sight beyond sight. I don’t dwell on the things that I see in front of me right now. My vision goes a lot further than that. I have a daughter, she’s 11. That’s my heart and soul right there. With me wanting to be a better father, and eventually a better family man and provider, those are the things that keep me going. There’s a bigger goal in front of me.”
In what many call an extremely competitive industry, Tylik says his greatest advice to fellow dreamers is to not take too much advice.
“Not all advice is going to be the best for you. Be selective with the advice that you get. You have to be careful of the noise that you bring to yourself. Take what your heart and mind say and work that together.”
Tylik says his greatest contribution to the industry will be transparency.
“In the media world, a lot of people think that in order to succeed,they have to take someone down. The universe opens up for all of us. What’s for you, nobody can stand in the middle of that. Always have to have that faith and energy. Your heart and your mind have to be in the right place. If it’s
not, that will hinder your progress.”
Regardless of what life may throw his way, Mr. VocabTV says he’ll remain faithful to chasing opportunities, encouraging his peers to do the same.
“Opportunity will create money coming towards me. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you’re just out for a dollar, you’ll go the wrong way.”
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