CJ Johnson JR is a Los Angeles based entrepreneur with experience in a wide range of industries.
All imagery by Mike Fox.
From launching a digital agency and working with some of the biggest brands in the world to photographing apparel brands to modeling for even more big brands, CJ has a lot of insight to empower yourself in an ever-changing world.
Discover CJ Johnson JR
An award-winning photographer and content creator, co-founder of J+J (listed as one of the Top 50 Digital Agencies in Los Angeles), a GQ Insider, and well-known “Branding Guru”. He is most recognized for his contributions and authority in leadership, creativity, and social media marketing.
The impressive entrepreneur has helped over 80+ startups to Fortune 500 companies all around the world find success and reach new heights.
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Read about his favorite inspirations, life hacks, and creative ways to empower YOURSELF.
How old is CJ?
I’m a fresh 34, LOL.
Where are you from originally?
I’m a U.S. military brat so I’m from everywhere. Los Angeles is the longest place I’ve ever lived (16+ years) so I’ll just say this is where I’m from.
What made you want to come to LA?
I had dreamt of moving to Los Angeles since I was a kid. I wanted to be a huge Hollywood star. As soon as I was 18 I moved to LA for college and been out here ever since.
What’s your career background?
I’m an award-winning photographer and content creator, co-founder of J+J (listed as one of the Top 50 Digital Agencies in Los Angeles), a GQ Insider, and well-known “Branding Guru”. I’m recognized for my contributions and authority in leadership, creativity, and social media marketing. I’ve helped over 80+ startups to Fortune 500 companies all around the world find success and reach new heights.
When I’m not helping brands and fellow creatives take things to another level, I’m traveling around the world on globetrotting adventures and spreading creative inspiration wherever I can. Currently, I am working with Google as a Next-Gen Policy Leader, trying to help make a difference by contributing to initiatives to help bring technology and education to content creators and low-income areas in the United States.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an entrepreneur today?
Discovering the best opportunity that will bring you joy is probably the toughest challenge as an entrepreneur. We live in a time where everyone is an entrepreneur to a certain extent so there is quite a lot of competition and yet countless opportunities out there at the same time. It can be a huge challenge to find the right one that works for you the best.
The Fox Magazine is all about inspiration, who inspires you the most?
My daughter and my best friend keep me inspire me the most. It’s always wonderful to see the world through a child’s eyes with my daughter. With my best friend, she keeps me grounded and there is always a new lesson she teaches me.
I find inspiration in all things. But most of all my little daughter Fiona Rogue and my close family and friends. I love the art of conversation and I’ve been blessed to meet so many people who have come into my life and share so many inspirational stories with me that keep me motivated. Also, I find inspiration in reading and art. I love reading.
For the last few years, I’ve mostly been interested in biographies, self-improvement, and psychology. I try to read at least two books at one time and check the trades periodically during the day to keep me plugged in. When it comes to art I visit art galleries and shows at every opportunity.
What do you hope to change with your work & success?
I hope my work can open up more opportunities for people who normally wouldn’t know how or where to get them before. Also, the daily grind is tough. Failure is tough. Life can be a real struggle sometimes and I just want to be a source of inspiration for as many people as I can and show everyone as a prime example that success will come and offer ways on how you can find it too.
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If you could change one thing in the world right now, what would it be?
I’d love to solve the growing issue of miscommunication and lack of education that seems to be affecting our communities in negative ways. We saw a huge example of this when Donald Trump got elected and this nonsense of playing with facts is becoming a larger issue. I’d love to help solve it.
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