We had the good fortune of connecting with Reggie Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Reggie, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
Follow your heart. The heart is deceptive. Listen to it, acknowledge it, while understanding whims can steer you off course.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have unique and somewhat disparate background of influences I’m the son of a martial artist and movie fanatic as well as a musician and visual artist. Each medium has its own creative culture and me being an inhabiter of several, I don’t always squarely fit in with respect to the look and nomenclature of each. Because of this, I’m generally overcoming opposition. And for me, the only way forward is through. If you’re powered by a belief, hold on to it, and use it as fuel in every challenge.
As a filmmaker, I love the Martial. Arts, Action and Sci-Fi/Fantasy genres most. I want to tell deep and rich stories within a fun and exciting conceptual universe.
In music, I love Funk, Jazz, Gospel and Soul and constantly draw from each – organically – to make something that hits the brain, hips and heart simultaneously.
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?
All about food to me…haha. In LA, things are always closing and opening so as I think about this, I’m also lamenting some of my favorite places that have closed (looking at you, Front Page Jamaican Grille) in recent years. In no particular order: Honey’s Kettle, Guisados, Jaipur, Tsujita, Bludso’s, Palms Thai, Maria’s Ricos Tacos, Sonoritas, Annie’s Soul Delicious, etc. etc.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Charles Jones, an extraordinary singer, musician, and friend on the verge of releasing a solo debut album.