We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyrik Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lyrik, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When choosing a role, I think risk is a good thing. It can be scary, but the result for me, finding another way to express yourself, was more than worth it. I’ve been fortunate. I’ve had amazing teachers who encouraged me to take risks and that have helped me grow exponentially as an actor and a musician.
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’d like to say that I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve been able to stay true to myself. Now, of course my hiphop persona may have the volume turned waaay up, but the individual, Josh, is the same in private or in public.
It took me a long time to get where I am today. It was not an easy journey and at times, I had given up the idea of being an entertainer. I did the military thing, the family thing, the corporate thing. I didn’t make the move to LA and become a professional until I was 36 and that was only when things things lined up and the universe forced me to make a choice, but I see that as an advantage more than a disadvantage.
Because I entered this field late in life, my life experiences have given me so much to draw from for characters I may need to create. The extra time also helped me hone my craft as a musician.
Patience is the biggest lesson I’ve learned. You have to know when it’s time to move and time to wait. Patience is key and don’t let fear keep you from receiving your blessings.
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.
For a non-pandemic tour, Id take them to the regular spots first. The Hollywood sign then the walk of fame and I’d take them to a spot I’d hit up every day for lunch, Jameson’s. It’s right on Hollywood blvd and it’s a mad cool spot. We’d hit Beverly hills cuz it’s what people usually see on tv. We’d make a trip to Universal Studios and Venice beach. I’d try to see if I could get some tickets to a live taping of a show as well then at night, club Tao or the playhouse. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Big shout out to my alma mater Theatre of Arts. My mentor Jason George and Collaborations Workshop. My family, who always supported and encouraged me, no matter where my journey seems to take me. To my homies Yun J and Swagga Joe. We’re all most there.
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