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Meet Jeremy Johnson

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

Hi Jeremy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
When I was four years old, I would gather a couple of dozen glow-in-the-dark toys I owned, charge them up in front of my lamp, and arrange them on several shelves in my closet. Then I’d shut the door and make secret plans with my small army of glowing friends.

Not much has changed.

I fell in love with music when I was pretty young. I had a record deal in the US and the UK with Sony with the band Pitty Sing. After that, I studied art, worked as a commercial TV producer, started a tea shop in Venice beach called Gunpowder, and eventually fell into filmmaking, initially through an interest in acting that blossomed into writing, editing, and ultimately directing.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t know if a road is the best analogy for life. I would compare it more to a rickety, rusty roller coaster that dips from heaven to hell and back again, and half the time you’re upside down. Oh, and it’s a long ride too, so you get splashed. It’s totally exciting and completely worth it, but you also want to vomit. And you might be crying. But if you’re a man, you just bury those tears and let them eat you inside. Cause that’s what men do. Sports!!

Struggles? Going to bed is the worst. Working soul-crushing jobs until I “figured it out” was tough. But the biggest struggle was listening to anyone’s cookie-cutter advice and following it because most people’s advice is a bunch of crap. I don’t even think they believe it. And they’re giving it to you secondhand. Everyone loves to hear themselves talk. You have to learn to trust your own instincts. That’s the big struggle.

Although to be fair, I’ve gotten a couple of pieces of advice that were revelatory and changed my life forever.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a filmmaker first and foremost, which means a bunch of things. But my priorities are in the story shaping aspect— both directing and editing. I specialize in visual ideas that border on fantasy and are often very dark. Of course, there’s also the kid’s content I’ve directed— Disney stuff, which is bright, happy, fun, and safe. But still fantasy! Check out my website. The images explain better than I can verbally.

Reach out to me if you need someone for a music video or commercial, or definitely to help you make a film.

I’d say I’m most proud of my last film, “Year of the Dog”.

I think what sets me apart from others is my awareness of our intimate telepathic link to sentient cosmic consciousness. I also have a stapler that looks like a trout.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I am naive and completely unrealistic. That has served me well.

I often dream about things quite a lot before I do any work on them. Which means when I do get around to them, it’s all about honoring a fairly realized vision.

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