MAURICE T JOHNSON

Who is Maurice Johnson?


I am a professional actor and entrepreneur living in Central Florida.


How did you get involved in acting?


I started off as a fashion model doing runway and print work. Through my networks, I got invited on-set
to be in a film that was being filmed in Central Florida. I first started off doing extra/background work
and then was offered speaking roles.


You played Malcom, the main role in the upcoming short The Storefront. How was the experience on
set? Did you learn anything from it?


My experience working on The Storefront was fantastic! Road7Films and Chill Baby Productions
are great production companies here in Central Florida and while working with them on set they
have always made me feel like family and part of a team. While still relatively fresh in the
industry, being involved with a production that consistently makes high-quality film works and
working with producers that allow me to have a voice on set in regards to the characters that I
portray is important to me. I am also allowed to sometimes make mistakes, so that I may learn and
get better. I am not perfect! (Laughter) Their crew, cinematographers, writers, everyone are top
notch and just generally are great people to work with. I never had any negative experience while
on their sets.


What sort of person is going to love this character?


I believe single dads will definitely be able to relate to the character of Malcom. The film touches
on some heavy subjects such as the responsibility of black men in raising a son, family, and the
power to move on from depression and tragedy. I think fans of drama and the "underdog"
triumphing over adversity archetypes also apply here.


What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?


Malcom is depressed from the loss of his wife and he has to find the willpower to empower himself
to remain strong for their son who is just a little boy also coping in his own way with the
loss of his mom. The role was challenging as it hit home personally for me. While I am an actor, I
am also a pretty private individual and a father who has also dealt with depression and those types
of issues. Being able to channel those real-world emotions and feelings into acting for such a
character can be difficult at times but I think it gives some authenticity to the character.


Give me a few tips to be a successful actor.


Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and to take risks, stay away from all negativity - some
people aren't going to understand what you are doing or not think of it as what you do as a "real
job" it's not your job to convince them of your passion. The last thing I would say is to listen a lot. It
doesn't matter if that person has been industry 1 day or 1 year, take the positive that you can use
from people and just disregard what doesn't apply to you. Always translate that into helping you
become the best version of yourself that you can be!


Are you working on any current project?


I have just hired a talent development coach so that I may get some more specialized and
individual attention to assist me in my acting career. I have been personally self-booking for a few
years now and I am ready to take my talents to another level. I just finished a fitness shoot for a
supplement line and I just met the City Producers for the Orlando 48 Hour Film Project, which
looks like that is going to be a great event. I am writing a script for a short film that I plan to fund
and produce myself so that's exciting. Currently, I just had a premiere for the feature film,
Don't Shoot the Messenger which got a television distribution deal and is now also becoming a
television series. I try to keep myself busy as much as possible.


Thank you for your time.


Thank you for featuring me in Frame60!

The Storefront was premiered in the US at the 2019 Central Florida CineFest - CFCF

 


Maurice Terrelle Johnson was raised in Panama City, Florida. He is an American actor, fashion
model, game designer, and entrepreneur. Best known for his versatile acting roles, including
playing the Pastor in the feature film Don't Shoot the Messenger and his portrayal of Walter
Irvin in the upcoming documentary The Groveland Four. In addition to his acting work,
Johnson is a martial artist and decorated United States Marine Corps veteran.