Damien S. Johnson knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue acting as a career. Even though it wasn’t always easy. Damien: “Easy, noooo, not easy at all! The competition is fierce in this game. In the beginning, I’ll say it was more difficult just because I didn’t have the tools I needed to compete with more polished actors, as far as resume credits, definitely training, things like cold reading, etc. I was a novice but it’s much better now!
Born in Stamford, Connecticut but raised in Harnett County, North Carolina Damien is represented by Beverly Brock from “The Brock Agency” and has studied under Heather Snow Clark of HSC School and Actor Dennis White from the hit television show “The Parenthood” and the movie “The Brave One”.
Although he is a motivated actor who is vigorously pursuing his dreams, he is a family man at heart and wants to leave a legacy behind for those closest to him to follow. Damien: “My ultimate goal is to inspire people, make my family proud, and become a legend in the field of acting! The financial part, awards and accolades all come together with being an inspiration and making my family proud first. Where I’m from, they’re aren’t many outlets dealing with acting and they’re aren’t many actors. If there was someone who the younger generation from around my way (and the world) could look up to and say “if he can do it, I can” it would change lives, and that person is me! I’m reserved but open about my past, it’s apart of inspiration. I’ve battled depression, near death experiences, drugs, the legal system, being a teen father, and now I’m in film! Just saying that inspires me! From going to see my probation officer every week, peeing in a cup with my freedom on the line, to now being interviewed about my acting career. INSPIRATION!
Even though Damien looks to become an inspiration for many young actors and actresses to look up to, he remains a humble man and gives credit to one person in particular who inspired him: “My biggest inspiration would be a cousin of mine, John C. Fitzpatrick, a very successful attorney and minister out of North Carolina. Very humble, cool, determined, and a wonderful family man. His inspiration for me derives from my younger days, he showed me work ethic, law of attraction and just how good God is before I knew what it was. He told me word for word what he was gonna become and have down to his first child’s name. Everything he said happened! EVERYTHING! He will always be my biggest inspiration.”
As for what’s next for this rising star he states: I’ll definitely be an award winning actor in not only this country but the world. I’ll be a multi-millionaire with an established acting-teaching company, based in my hometown, catered to kids and teens, more so at-risk kids. I’ll be an established realtor, as well as an award winning songwriter and author. I’ll have a bunch of land for real estate as well as farming(country boy) [laughs].”
He closes out with this piece of advice: “To all my younger actors I’d say first believe in yourself! Truly! Cast out all doubt, it will kill your dreams, educate yourself, perfect your craft, write your goals down, read them everyday and keep God first! Don’t set out to build a wall in one day, build brick by brick. Lastly focus on the craft not the money! It will take care of itself!”
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