We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
As artists, we’ve developed a perspective about the world that shapes our truth. We all want to share our personal truths, find others who agree with us, and change the minds of those that don’t agree.
At my core, there is a perspective of the world and life that I had grown up with that has shaped me. All I can do is share my perspective and hope that it resonates with someone watching. Truthfully, I pursued an artistic career to feel less lonely.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve changed hats many times over the last ten years. I can only imagine that my career and identity will change hundreds more in the next forty years. I began in the military and then moved into forestry management. I wanted to be a cop, FBI, CIA, FFL, only to decide on computer programming. I shifted to writing with the plan to complete a novel by 25 (11 years ago) and changed hands again to being a screenwriter.
I’ve worked as a creative producer and project manager simultaneously only to apply for a directing program at film school and be accepted into their cinematography program. I’ve worked as an electrician, gaffer, and post PA and eventually landed in OTT linear streaming and managing a FAST channel.
I’ve always had a throughline of creating and managing. I always thought I knew who I was and later decided against it. Now, I’m confident of who I am but I’m certain things will change.
Accepting change has been a difficult lesson. I’ve learned that if you’re not happy with who you are, change. Be like water.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a handful of people who will connect with you. They’ll give you their honest opinion and will sincerely think about your point of view in the world. I’d love to thank the handful of people that I’m able to share my personal truths with.
I have to thank myself for not giving up. I think people think it’s selfish to thank ourselves first but I feel it’s important to recognize the hardwork that we each have to endure. Certainly, no one thrives without some outside help. But it all starts with deciding to get out of bed each day and tackling a new day’s challenges.