I rarely do challenges but this one allowed me to really do some reflection. I 2009 I started off as an extra on a tv show just to get on set to watch, learn and navigate once I had the opportunity in the early years of projects being massively produced in Atlanta. I always knew I had all of the intangibles but I wanted to learn and earn my way from the bottom to the top. Before I had an agent I was a stand-in for @iamdarrindhenson
and one of my film idols @officialmichaeljai.
I used these opportunities, classes and my theater background to morph into being a talent on screen once I got my shot. I took classes with @tsawla @charminnoellee
and my homeboy @mrbradjames
in those early years getting the chops ready for what would soon come. That infamous SunTrust commercial did it for me and I continue to write my story daily. I have been blessed to be in projects with many that I respect in the industry and/or grew up looking up to like Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Taron Egerton, Ansel Egort, Mel Jackson, Paul Wesley, Zach Roerig, Sam Anderson, Eammon Walker and Tyler Perry to name a few. In this 10 year span I have done over 70 film, tv, commercial, print, theater, voiceover and stunt acting jobs that have allowed me to continue to grow in the craft and continue to do something that I am truly passionate about it.
What would I tell the 29 year old hungry pit bull in that 2009 pic? I would remind myself that this a marathon and not a sprint. Savor every opportunity as if it was your last. Stay hungry and stay ready! #mauricejohnson #justakidfromaugusta #albanystate #omegapsiphi #actor #stunts #voiceover #fitlife #physique #fitness #blackmen #hollywood #atlanta #earnednotgiven #leadingman #tenacity #howharddidaginghityouchallenge
#blackdontcrack @robertector @mrdblanks
Thanks for framing me up👊🏾