We had the good fortune of connecting with Madisyn Epps-Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madisyn, why did you pursue a creative career?
Because when I was growing up I was under the notion that success was only found through careers that required an exceptional amount of schooling. It’s something I went into college believing as well, and interestingly enough I wasted a number of years coming to the realization that your success is equal to your overall happiness. Once I started choosing things that made and continue to make me happy a lot of things in my life started to change. Every goal I reach within my career, no matter big or small, I find a reason to be happy with the success I’ve achieved and continue to set more goals for myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For awhile I was caught in a nebulous of what I was photographing and what made my work uniquely my own. Within the past year I have developed a significant love for making images that feel as if they’re straight from a movie or video and do a lot of visual research so I can get inspiration on angles, lighting and general set design.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d begin outside of the perimeter and visit the various grassy places I like to go to when I want to spark some ideas or just relax. Since I LOVE to eat, I’ll more than likely go to some of the wonderful black owned food spots around the city like, La Petit Marche, Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen and Bar, Tassili’s Raw Reality, Slutty Vegan, Krab Queenz, and Fry Trap to name a few. I, of course, would have to show them the nightlife and start at the rooftop of the ponce city market because the drinks are impeccable, and probably bar hop on Edgewood as a classic night time move. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I truly wouldn’t have made it to where I am without the support of my family, friends, classmates, professors, and countless other people. Every single time I feel like I should stop these people remind me that I’m just getting started, celebrate every small win, and just keep going!