Cut to Black: Terah “Bishop” Woodley II, Assistant Re-Recording Mixer

For each day in the month of February, the African American Steering Committee will be highlighting Local 700’s African American members, both past and present, and their accomplishments. We look forward to showing the contributions and influences African Americans have had on the industry.

Name: Terah “Bishop” Woodley II

What’s your job? Assistant Re-Recording Mixer at Skywalker Sound

List the credits you’re most proud of. 
“Miss Lillian: More Than A President’s Mother,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Gal Pals,” “Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary,” “Dark Web: Cicada 3301”

What are you working on right now? A Disney Animation movie

Who and what are your influences and/or mentors? One of my life influencers is Miles Davis. His ability to adapt and welcome growth throughout his career was admirable and something that I strive for in my career.

What books are you reading, shows are you watching and/or movie excited about? “The Witcher” on Netflix has been my newest after-work binge. As a Scifi fan, “The Expanse” series and the newest “Star Wars” productions are always on my watch list.

What are your Black history month memories and any cultural or historical impacts on your life? Working on a documentary in Georgia I was able to tour a cemetery that was segregated. The stark differences in memorials between Black and White sections was very impactful. It was a reminder of what life had been and it made me appreciate the present and hopeful for the future.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? My Dad used to share this piece of wisdom: “There is no such thing as Luck. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.”

Since we can’t control when every opportunity will come, make sure you are prepared so that you can succeed.

If you could time travel, when would you go and why? I would travel back in time to spend time with my Dad’s parents. My Dad is a great influence on me and I would have liked to meet and know the people who raised the man who inspires me daily.

What’s a little known fact about you? What are your hidden (or not so hidden) talents? I love to go golfing, that is my ideal Saturday activity. I can also grill up a really good steak.

What’s your favorite (Black) television/movie moment? I remember leaving the movie theater after watching “Black Panther” and feeling very proud. It made me realize how impactful and important representation is in the entertainment industry.

What’s your personal/professional mantra? Baby steps equal progress. Everyone wants to make the big leaps and bounds but you have to start somewhere. Be 1% better every day.

What would be your dream project to work on? I have been a “Star Wars” fan since I was a kid, and hope to work on a project in that universe soon!