Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Johnson.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Born in Inglewood, raised in the heart of South Central LA & Compton; life was bittersweet. I had fun, don’t get me wrong. My childhood never had a dull moment. Even though my surroundings weren’t the best, as a kid I still lived life carefree. It wasn’t until I got older when I started caring about what others thought. Living in the city, you had to have tough skin, that’s just how we were raised. I was called skinny bone jones by family members, friends, and even strangers. Sometimes I’d let it affect me and it made me insecure. I wouldn’t talk about it though cause if I did, I’d be considered “sensitive.” Moms always told me that being skinny is in my genes and people would kill for my small shape and face. Not only moms, but many people would stop me and tell me to consider modeling and that I’d be huge one day and on the big screen.
Years later, in my early twenties, I’m starting to realize my potential in the modeling industry. In 2020, I started off with a 70s themed photoshoot in my living room with the homie Brandon (@Brandon.mykel on Instagram) from Gardena. It was fun and it kind of blew up! After that, I wanted to continue to create and showcase my ideas on camera. I came up with all of my shoot ideas. From the 70s theme to the “I’m from Los Angeles, the Land of the Scandalous” theme; That’s all me. Those pictures I created were considered timeless to people and that’s what I wanted. I want you to feel a nostalgic connection when you’re looking at my photos. Weeks after my shoot on Cimarron, people were hitting me up left and right to model for their brands, etc… I said to myself, “Oh man, we gone have fun with this.” So far, it’s been fun and I am ready to see what’s next. Who would’ve thought a kid from South Central would be able to be on the big screen one day? It’s a blessing from Jesus. I thank him every day.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It wasn’t smooth growing up. I faced a lot of personal insecurities. I didn’t like myself honestly. It was hard to get out of that phase. I prayed about it, though. God got me out of that bad space. He delivered me. Now, I still face rough patches, but don’t we all? Since I’ve started this hobby, I’ve been enjoying every second. I meet new people almost everyday! New good people! I’m learning more and more to get out of my comfort zone and to live life free again like when I was a little kid.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I guess I’m considered a “model.” It’s not a career for me, it’s a fun thing I do on the side. Aside from modeling, I graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I’m considering going to grad school to get my Master’s. I also do nails! I’m a beginner, but I’m pretty decent. Still learning the ropes and trying to balance everything that is going on right now. Everything is moving so fast! I am most proud of my diligence and work ethic. I am determined and I am a hard worker in whatever I do. I am a perfectionist in a way. Things have to be done right by me, or I won’t do it at all. What sets me apart from others is my dedication. I’ve never slacked around. My pops always told me to never give off a bad impression when it comes to my job or whatever I decide to do.
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Being on time is a great quality. My dad wakes up at 12:45ish am every morning to go to work at 3am. I always asked him why does he get up so early. He’d respond with, “If you early to work, you’re showing you’re dependable.” So I learned that from him growing up. Now, it’s embedded in me and I arrive on time to every occasion. Another quality is acceptance. Accept things for what they are, don’t go worrying yourself about things. Just go with the flow, I promise your life will run smooth if you don’t expect things to happen good all the time.
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