We had the good fortune of connecting with CJ Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi CJ, how do you think about risk?
I feel like every move you make is a risk, in one way or another. Quitting my full-time design job and shifting to strictly freelance work was a risk and is still a risk. Moving to Los Angeles was a risk. Deciding to start a vintage clothing business during the pandemic was also a risk.

That being said, had I not taken any of these risks, I would still be miserable at my old office job. More often than not, you have to step outside of your comfort zone to get where you want to be. I am still nowhere near where I want to be, so I believe risk taking is a constant in my life and career.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At this point, Graphic Design is my main source of income and feels like it is now the day job. What I am most excited about is my vintage clothing business and continuing to create music.

I am a self-taught designer and getting it to become anywhere near a livable income was/is tough. Running a business, finding freelance gigs and making music is a constant challenge that you have to overcome on a daily basis. I have learned to keep an open mind, be available and not be afraid to take jobs or gigs that you feel like you’re not qualified for.

I supposed I’d want the world to know about my vintage clothing brand, Fatigue, as well as my various music projects. (Spicy City, Ethical Drugs and a new electronic endeavor ‘SEEJA’)

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
– Sapp Coffee Shop – Pa Ord Noodle
– Tacos by Leo
– Izakaya Osen
– Cafe Tropical
– Dayglow Coffee
– Cafecito Organico
– El Cochinito
– Natalie Peruvian
– Hue Thai (SGV)
– Kim Chuy Restaurant (Chinatown)
– Oo Kook Korean BBQ (Ktown)
– Mom’s House (Ktown)
– Bar Bandini
– El Prado
– Gold Diggers
– Dresden
– Lolo
– Heights Deli
– Brooklyn Bagel
– Larchmont Wine & Cheese

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
“When you’re depressed, hard work is the cure. The next time you get depressed, go out in the backyard and dig a six-foot hole. But don’t jump in it just yet.” – Robert Pollard

Website: shopfatigue.com

Instagram: shopfatigue

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ceejay-johnson/

Other: @ethicaldrugs @seeja__

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