The world out there belongs to the dreamers and the doers! We’ve been speaking with inspiring others who have been following their hearts and actualizing their potential.

We caught up with the fun-loving Tyler “Teeboogie” Johnson after the grand opening of South Side Iron. If you share our love for reality dating shows, you may recognize him from the MTV show, “Are You The One.” Tyler’s big heart and big smile have left a lasting impression- both on and off screen! 

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Tyler begins by giving us a glimpse into the life of baby boogie…

First and foremost go Cavs! I was born in Richmond, Indiana but did a lot of maturing and growing up as a young lad in Huntsville Alabama. ( shoutout to HHS high school 08’ baby!) Growing up, I had met one of my first and still to this day best friends named Michael Hornback and we both found the love of basketball so intriguing, so of course I wanted to play for UNC and go to the NBA. I’ve always been goofy and had a HUGE personality, and people have hinted me doing TV. My life changed completely last year. As I stated before, numerous individuals have told me that I need to be on TV somehow, someway. Well as a young ‘n, I was always fascinated by the show All That, Global Guts, MTV’s Say What Karaoke, Keenan and Kel, Martin, The Fresh Prince, etc etc. As i got older and my language became more vulgar, people suggested the Real World and shows like that!

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Life can change in the blink of an eye. We spoke to Tyler about the transformation that has occurred in his own life…

Till this day, i still have the text that started it all. When an AYTO producer personally reached out to me. I didnt have to apply or anything. I look at that from time to time and just thank God daily for that amazing opportunity and the many more to come! The process was so surreal. It was like destiny. I knew I was going to be on that show the moment that happened. It was weird, even my dreams were speaking to me ya know? People want to take pictures, do interviews, all sorts of things. I embrace it all, not on a selfish standpoint, but also to help out whoever reaches out to me. To thank them for giving a kid ( who came from a deep, rough, upbringing) an opportunity he never would have thought possible. And that, my friends, is dope.

Tyler brings us in (and out) of his comfort zone…

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What does “comfort zone” mean to me? It means in your mind, you are able to do things freely without feeling that sense of “awkwardness” I left my comfort zone the moment i went on a plane all the way to Hawaii! i have bad anxiety on planes!

It is so important to recognize the accomplishments that we’ve made in life. Society has conditioned us to feel ashamed of “bragging,” but there is a huge difference between those who talk the talk, and those who walk the walk. Our friend Tyler Johnson walks the walk with his head held high, and we could not feel more proud of the man he has grown to be. We asked Teeboogie what he is most proud of. As Childish Gambino once said, f&*k a humble brag…

My proudest accomplishment is gonna get a bit sappy. MTV blessed me with this new life. and before I continue, i’m not an arrogant individual, but I had a dark time. I neglected my adult responsibilites because, in my head, I thought I was gonna just live the lavish life. I mean, living in LA, seeing individuals living large and having things promised to me, you cant blame me. Well neglecting responsibilities most def made my life hard for about 3 months. Bills pilled up, i was partying constantly trying to not tackle Life, and many other things. Well i had to do some deep soul searching. Had to basically mature. God put me through a test. I conquered it! had to go back to church again. Had to admit many faults with family and friends. Now as an individual, im a Tyler Johnson i never thought possible! so my biggest accomplishment, my maturation process and coming out a new being.

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Wandering minds want to know, what adventures does Boogie have on the horizon? He describes not a specific location, but what his slice of paradise looks like…

Beautiful scenery, on an island where the water is as clear as day. The weather so crisp and fresh. the vibe in the air is dope. surrounded by people who know of those dope vibes.

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As we mentioned before, Tyler’s recent adventures have included being a part of the grand opening of friend & former cast mate Connor Smith’s gym South Side Iron 

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Aside from earning his NASM personal training license, Tyler tells us what else he’s been up to… 

I found out why i was put on this earth, and that was to put smiles and laughter on everyones faces. Too easy for a guy like me! I think I’m funny af, and many others do! 

We can definitely concur with that statement, Teeboogie! To keep up with Tyler’s skit comedy, workout motivation, and all things inspiring follow his Instagram: @mtv_teeboogie

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