When you talk about student-entrepreneurs on The Hill, Terrance Brisbane needs to be part of that conversation.
Brisbane spent two years at Tallahassee Community College, where he studied while maintaining a position at APB clothing store to help bring in revenue.
From the start, Brisbane knew that FAMU was where he wanted to earn his bachelor’s degree given that it is his father’s alma mater.
“Working at APB I enjoyed interacting with all of the customers, I even had friends of family continuously shopping there and it made me realize how much I cared about clothing and fabrics, which sparked something inside of me,” Brisbane said. “But I knew I did not want to work a 9-5 or part-time job while in college.”
Brisbane came up with the idea to start his own clothing line. This way he would be able to earn income and focus on his passion at the same time. He went around to local clothing stores searching for quality shirts to purchase.
“It took me about three months of visiting screen-printing and embroidery shops before I dropped any gear,” he said. “People didn’t believe in my dream and many still don’t, but I began to grow many followers after my first ‘TUSS’ drop for sure. When people saw that my product was quality it was over from there,” he said.
TUSS stands for together unified systematic success.
You can purchase items through his professional Instagram page or get in contact with him through text message or email. It takes roughly 45 minuets to finish an order and he will deliver it to you if you are unable to pick it up.
“The way he designs his shirts are unique,” said Jeremiah Brown, a junior at FSU. “There are a lot clothing entrepreneurs especially in the college town of Tallahassee, but TUSS stands out.”
TUSS clothing represents letting nothing hold you back. Brisbane now sells shirts, shorts, socks and book bags.
His dream came true slowly but surely. He now attends FAMU, while earning money as an entrepreneur. Growing support from the community inspired him to be more than just a student selling merchandise. Brisbane wanted to take it a step further and pick up the microphone to lay down bars.
“All it takes is for the people around you to like your music, then they will put other people on and it spreads like a wild fire,” said Brisbane. “It only takes one hit song to make it big. I’m not only doing the music for money, I see it as a way to express my feelings so it comes naturally.”
Brisbane dropped his music on all platforms including Apple music and got over 15,000 plays within the first week.
Ashley Smith, an upcoming female artist, reacted to Brisbane’s new music release.
“Terrance’s music is dope, I can’t believe this is his first time doing music and it actually sounds good,” said Smith. “When I first heard it I was like, ‘Boy, stop. I know for a fact this is not you it sound too good,’” she said.