We had the good fortune of connecting with Dre Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dre, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I came home from a deployment in 2017 and while catching up with my friends at Waffle House, one of them suggesting me and the other friend start a podcast. I had spare time and money so by that weekend, I had all the equipment. When we started our podcast, we immediately started talking about how there’s no black shows on tv that isn’t trauma. So I started my journey to fixing that. I now write skits, movies, shows, and short films in an attempt to create some fun black content. The people seem to enjoy it so I keep going. So long story short, my thought process was “I had money and my friend said I was funny.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m most proud of all the black people that support me. I’m even more proud of my white friends and colleagues that tell me what I’m doing is amazing. I walked away from a 6 figure career field to do this. Every day I’m broke I consider going back overseas but I just know that I can’t take 6 months-1 year off. That’s death when you don’t have a big youtube following. I work with what I can at home to do what I can to make the channel grow. I hope that one day everyone recognizes what I can do and finally pay for my services so I can afford to do this full time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m naturally a stay at home person. If somebody came to visit, I would have to cater to what they want. Luckily I can google everything. Whatever they want to do, I’m sure I can find something for them. We have ziplining, bowling, movies, sky zones, and possibly a bunch of other niche things that I don’t know exist cause I don’t be out the house. Now food is what I do though my first choice is always Waffle House. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Obviously first I have to shout out to all my friends that help in creating my content. “Whatever You Wanna Call Me”, Que, Porsha, Shantelle, Smurf, Fred, Nadaria, and Noah all play big parts in the podcast, and my shows “Inword News” and “Dancing For AWKWARDS”. I need to shout out all my voice actors for my special projects my cartoons that are currently in production. Also I want to shout out Dormtainment. Rome, Cam, and Mike Damn have played a big part in me keeping going in this business. They give me consistent advice and helpful editing tricks. They’ve even gone so far as to work on projects with me. Patrick Cloud was an inspiration because of his ability to make a show about almost anything. Finally, KevOnStage has shown me that the idea I had in 2018 of “bringing black dope black content that’s fun” can be a lucrative business. He’s had an amazing 2020 and it’s all gonna be shown in 2021.