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Meet Jasondra Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasondra Johnson.

Jasondra, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I like to tell people that I live two lives. Haha!

I’m a singer/actress originally from Chicago…well I claim Chicago but I grew up in the South Suburbs. LOL! I started singing when I was about three years old per my parents. They always say that I started singing as soon as I started talking. I don’t remember not singing that’s for sure! My parents always talk about how my daddy would play music and sing to me when I was still in my mama’s belly. I’m sure that’s where it all started for me. I remember singing in the children’s choir at church (JAM choir stood for Jesus and Me)! I was the lead soloist and would often be asked to sing with the young adult choir even at an early age. I didn’t start acting until high school. I auditioned for the fall musical and discovered that I enjoyed acting too!

I then joined the speech team soon after and fell in love with performing. I was shy growing up so the speech team really helped me break out of my shell. It built my confidence and gave me a voice. I kept in touch with my speech coach, Cheryl Frazier, and one day when I was in college- studying Psychology- she called and invited me to an open call audition at a very well known Chicago theater. Long story short, I booked it and that started my career in musical theater in 2013. I eventually moved to Los Angeles in 2016 to pursue more tv and film opportunities and also to spread my wings a bit. Growing up as the daughter of two pastors is not easy. I was very sheltered and didn’t feel like I knew myself or what I wanted. I’d finished a Master’s program in counseling and was successful on paper. But in real life- I was struggling with self-identity and my self-esteem suffered because of it.

I started working with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) when I moved to LA and it has been amazing. I love what I do! I love serving people and being a front line worker. I can share more on that other life if you want but I’ll leave it there for now. I’m an artist FIRST. Then, I’m also a therapist. A very good friend. And someone who enjoys adventures.

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?
I think my biggest struggle has been building my own confidence enough to go after what I want. I struggled with self-esteem more than I care to admit. My childhood picture was normal- I grew up in a two-parent household in the south suburbs. I have a great relationship with the daddy who tells me a thousand times a week that I’m beautiful… I’m educated and talented. But I’ve still always Cared more about the opinions of everyone else. People I don’t even know. So I’m working on letting go of the pressure to be perfect as a means to avoid criticism from others. I know that not everyone will like my music or the way I perform that one scene. And I’m becoming ok with that. But it’s tough.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m most proud to be part of Andre Cymone’s band. I had the honor to perform with the band at Paisley Park on NYE and it was amazing!! I’m known around town for singing moreso than my acting because the music community embraced me more when I moved here. It just naturally happened and I’ve built connections with so many incredible musicians and artists.

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