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

Hi Johno, why did you pursue a creative career?
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be behind a camera. I had such a strong love for movies my entire childhood and such a desire to learn how they were made so I don’t think it was ever a question what I wanted to pursue in life. I couldn’t imagine myself in business school or sitting behind a desk all day crunching numbers. That just wasn’t what I ever envisioned for my life. I’ve sat in a cubicle before for a job and it makes me want rip all my hair out. The joy I get from developing a project and bringing it to life and the freedom of creativity and expression that comes with it is what I live for.

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.
I always aim to have my work tell a story. Whether it be a film or a photograph, I want that to come across and really resonate with the viewer. I believe that anyone who is viewing a piece of art is looking for a connection to it, so to have people really resonate with your work on a personal level is so rewarding. I think that’s the beauty of social media these days is that you are able to have more eyes on your work. While sharing your work with the world and allowing it to be judged by others can be scary, I’ve learned to accept that not everyone will find a connection to what you do and that’s okay. I think the most important lesson I’ve learned along the way is to not compare yourself to other creators. It is so important to have your own voice and style and if you get hung up on the recognition others are getting, you tend to try and just copy what they are doing instead of creating something that is entirely your own. Plus, I believe the most important part of creative work is that your personality shines through anything you do. When people view my work I want them to know how adventurous, boisterous and daring I am, amongst other things.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It wouldn’t be a trip to LA without a visit to Santa Monica and Venice beach. Some of my favorite past times are going hiking in Malibu Creek State Park to cliff jump, seeing a movie at the Chinese Theatre and visiting the Griffith Observatory. There’s tons of amazing restaurants but my favorite has to be Rosalin in West Hollywood. The buffalo tacos at El Coyote are the best tacos I’ve ever had and I’ll never pass up an opportunity to go to Pink Taco. I’d wait in line forever at KazuNori for their hand rolls too. As for bars, Break Room 86 and Davey Wayne’s are always solid options but nothing compares to The Abbey, it’s got the best dance floor in Los Angeles. And since there’s so much so close to LA, I always make it a point every so often to get out of town and go to Palm Springs for a few days to relax by a pool and soak up the desert sun. In general though, I’m a fan of whatever has the best views and wherever the most energetic people are.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I don’t think I’d be able to do anything without the support and encouragement of my parents. They have always believed in me and sometimes I think they want my dreams realized even more than I do. They would constantly remind me when I was younger about how difficult going into a creative field would be, but when they realized I wasn’t backing down and was determined to do exactly what I desired to do, they were always behind me 100%. I wouldn’t have accomplished half of the things I have today without them.

Website: johnofah.com

Instagram: @johnofah

Twitter: @johnofah

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