Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Smooth Johnson.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and mostly raised in Albany, Louisiana, where I graduated with my bachelor’s in broadcast journalism. My junior year of undergrad, I took theatre as an elective and fell in love with it. Time passes and I had got accepted into the master program at the New York Film Academy. I found a gentleman and his foundation to sponsor my move because I could not afford to make the cross country trek on my own. I moved to LA and started taking lessons and acting full-time. Like everyone else I needed to find a way to make some money on the side. I always wanted to be a bartender plus I’ve always heard they made pretty good tips. I attended bartending school and proceeded to look for work over the next few months. When I couldn’t find anyone to hire me I decided to hire myself. I started ONE7th. ONE7th is a mobile bartending company that caters any event. Everything was slowed due to COVID-19 and it also makes me rethink future business endeavors. In the meanwhile I act.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth road? The only thing Smooth about my road is that along that road, I picked up the nickname Smooth. I’m the sixth child out of seven. With that being said, most clothing, shoes, and/or toys were hand me downs. I was the only one in my family to graduate four years university. With that came the pressure to secure a good job and start making ‘good’ money. When I chose to leave the normal workforce and started acting it seemed to others looking from the outside in it seems like I added more struggles and burdens on myself. I left working at a law firm and a tech position to pursue acting full time. Coming from a home with not much disposable income, it made the journey tough as well. I didn’t have a parent, cousin, aunt or uncle I could call for financial help. I’ve had some nights I had to sleep in my car and do some other things I may have not done if not in my financial situation.
Please tell us about ONE7th Bartending.
Well as of now, I like to think of myself as my business. I always present myself in a professional, well-spoken manner because I was thought to treat the doorman the same as the guy who bought the door. I’m an actor out here first and foremost. That what I uprooted everything for and I won’t short change myself because of other endeavors I’m trying to pursue to survive.
Aside from acting, I’m a bartender. ONE7th Bartending is my mobile bartending company. I service birthday celebrations, weddings, and any other social gatherings in which the host would like bartending service.
We specialize in classic and customized spirit mixing to cater to the client’s own unique vision.
I want to be known for “LA style with Louisiana twang.’
The thing I’m most proud about my company is the fact that its MINE and the name. I would say the name because it really connects to me and my roots while still being a relevant and vibrant name. Again the name came from me (1) being one of my mom’s kids (7). I feel it connects with measurements as well when pouring spirits and etc…
The one thing that I know sets me apart is the Louisiana hospitality that each guest will have the chance to experience full force while enjoying a freshly prepared drink.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Wow. Uhmmm, normally this story is reversed. What’s your worst memory from childhood.
I was always able to keep up good grades, or should I say at least a 2.5 GPA, and stay out of trouble because I stayed active in sports. The first sport I was able to play was football, pop ball. I would say this is my favorite memory because it was those years when I feel I really enjoyed life. I enjoyed hearing the cheers from family and friends.