Today we’d like to introduce you to Carl Johnson.
Carl, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started to pursue my career as a Host when I was asked to Co-Host the city of Downey 2011-2012 Kid’s Hall of Frame Award Show. I had just won the title of Mr. Downey from the Downey Rose Float Association and because of my title and my involvement in my community, I was giving the honor. I was, at the time, performing Improv with a local traveling Improv team called the Chameleons of Comedy, really a bunch of my friends and I trying to perform Improv anywhere we could. I took on the hosting role for the games much like a Drew Carry. And it was with the two events that I started to gain a passion for hosting. So I ask around my city if anyone required a host for their event and landed the job of being the Rely for Life event host sponsored by the American Cancer Society 2012-2013.
Then started to venture out and host the Pageants, Award Shows, and the more steady cash flow a Wedding MC! I learned how to DJ and started doing school events and non-profit events. I landed a red carpet host gig for an Entertainment website company for the premiere of a new TV One Show and in 2019 Landed the biggest hosting job of my career so far as the host/audience assistant coordinator for Conan O’Brien’s Team CoCo House event in San Diego, California during Comic-Con! Now I host a multiple of the podcasts and create my online content instill I can land the big one, a radio or tv personality host!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been a smooth road at all due to the fact that some people don’t think they need a host/emcee for there event they grab anyone. Next professional jobs like In-Arena Host, Red Carpet Correspondents, Game Show Host, etc. don’t really leave their jobs so it’s a waiting game for the next audition. Their also the fact that I was working full-time and auditions can vary in time and be on short notice. With that said, I’ve had to cut down my hour to work part-time to be available for auditions and callbacks. In doing so it has hurt me financially and I have to do side jobs to make it work. Now with this Covid-19 happening, it’s hard for ALL entertainers to do anything involving live audiences.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
In a nutshell, I’m a Host for all types of events. As a host, my job is to keep the audience engaged, informed, and in order. I control the flow of the event to make sure the event is running on -time and help alleviate any and all dead air. My specialists our my ability to connect with various age groups by engaging with them by getting on their level. My charisma shines through the event and I know how to have fun but keep it professional. I love the fact that I feel I can adapt to any event I host and my ability to make something out of nothing, because of my Improv background, make me feel like I’m a great Host.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Some luck as played a role in my hosting career, especially when I work for Conan O’Brien Team CoCo House because originally I was going in to just be a Production Assistance and when I submitted my resume I sent them my hosting reel and they like it so they offer me the Audience Assistance Coordinator position for the show but really turn into a hosting job.
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