We had the good fortune of connecting with Slink Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Slink, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued entertainment because it’s always been in me. Every since childhood, I’ve always been curious and creative and eager to share. It all kind of translated into comedy and comedic acting some kind of way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I sometimes consider myself a Jack of All Trades, Master of None. I’m a product of the greatest generation of people coming out of LA. A real renaissance man around this muthafu**a. I’m really high right now, as well. But that’s neither here nor there. I’m an actor, comedian, host, producer, photographer, father, pastry chef, I.T. specialist… I do all kinds of s**t. However, my most notable work to this point are my role in Adult Swim’s hit show, Black Jesus and my role as Lamar Davis on Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V. Currently, I have a some movies coming out soon that I’m very excited about, “Dirty Cops L.A”, “Kings of L.A.”, “Apocalypshit” and “Social Disturbance.” I’m also beginning production on two new podcasts and I’m hosting my new, late night talk show, Pimps and Kinfolk. A light hearted, fun, sophisticated ratchet show where we interview artists, actors, creatives and musical guests and poke fun at current events and pop culture.
I started my journey unknowingly, as I have always been a class clown and a glutton for the spotlight. I say unknowingly because I never really knew what I wanted to do in life, I just wanted to be great. One step (or misstep) led to another, and through great relationships with great people, I began to mix and mingle and somehow always end up in the right circles that help me hone my craft and always were cool with me being myself. Young, eager creatives all figuring this thing out together.
There were a lot of challenges along the way. most of these being the same ones we all deal with. Oftentimes I was thrown off course and it came to a point where I decided to stay focused and pay attention to the opportunities that I saw and to take advantage of them. Don’t squander them. Leave no stone unturned. Stay the course. I know it’s hard out here, but if you believe in what you’re doing, it’ll only be a matter of time before you see your progress.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Because I’m the type of guy that’s good in any hood or setting, when it comes to getting in where I fit in, that all depends on how I feel or what my taste may be at the moment. However, if I were to offer a “best of L.A.” tour. it would cover the gamut of encompasses this beautiful and diverse city. We’ll get the hood tour cracking, cruising all the major thoroughfares in South Central, Inglewood, Gardena, Compton, Watts, Carson, Long Beach, Hawthorne, etc. You gotta see the hood! We would hit all the spots and urban landmarks made popular from big movies and pop culture. We would also hit up some of the more affluent areas around L.A., (Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Calabasas, Malibu, etc.) so we can get a glimpse of how the people on the other side of the spectrum are living. However, it is of utmost importance that when traversing throughout those areas that our tags and registration are up to date to help prevent unnecessary contact with the local authority who so often express their disdain with melanated people.
And of course we gotta eat! With so many fine eateries around the only hard thing about that would be making a choice! But one thing’s for sure, two things for certain, we gotta see all my good, young brothers making strides in thhe culinary game! Taco Mel, Blue Kitchen, All Flavor No Grease, Mr. Fries Man, The Court Cafe, Mr. Salsa Mafia… Man! So man good homies with great, brick and mortar spots to eat! We’ll hit em all. Don’t trip, you’ll have the munchies, fuckinn with me.
Oh yeah,, and most importantly, we’re gonna #SMOKEYOURS.
Yeah, you’re gonna buy some weed.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out my good patna, Jason Van Veen for putting me in my first film, beginning my journey into acting!