We had the good fortune of connecting with Krystel Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krystel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Throughout my years of experience, I’ve learned that the true importance of taking risks is being comfortable with the uncomfortable. I started in this industry as a new model and female rapper, shy and scared of what others would think about me and my music. Jumping into this industry with thousands of professionals and so little experience was extremely uncomfortable, however I allowed that feeling to motivate me. I eventually grew to understand the art of risk taking. If you want it, go for it. Take a risk. Don’t always play it safe or you’ll die wondering what could have been. So instead of living in fear by comparing myself to different models and worrying about what others think, I chose to learn from those who are already established. Remember you have to start somewhere. Even if you fail there’s so much to retain from these failures that will strongly benefit you. Failure is not the lack of success, but it is an integral part of success. So try again, fail again, and fail better. This past year I graduated with my Master’s degree from Texas Southern University and I plan to ensue a professional career in media production. I’ve joined new organizations, met new people, and although it is terrifying to gamble with your life, I’m planning to face these new challenges head on while growing more and more throughout the process. If you risk nothing, you risk everything. From all my past mistakes, I’ve learn what I can do better to ensure that I succeed in the future, and that is just the game of life. A saying that I love to live by is “only those who are willing to risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” How will you ever know that you can be successful if you never push your limits? They only way to know is if you give it your all. Yes, taking risks are scary, but they can lead you to amazing things.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
With my business, I play a lot of roles and can wear many different hats, but emphasize is in modeling, filmmaking, and music. My goal is to provide quality services to anyone seeking help with their film or media projects. I have experience making engaging short films and even produced a mini self-documentary about my life and struggles as an artist. I am most excited to start working on new film projects dedicated to raising awareness for social issues across the globe. In the past few years I have produced, directed, and edited several documentaries and I plan on growing it more each day. I am proud of these philanthropic efforts to use media in 2020 to reach out and touch society. It feels good to raise awareness for issues that matter and I will always use film and media to promote positive changes in society. I got to where I’m at professionally through prayer and by allowing God to guide my steps. It was not easy and there were many challenges. One of my daily struggles is funding all the needs for my business. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic these are challenging times when I’ve been hit hard out of pocket for products, services, and equipment. However, I’ve always been able to get things I need to be done, so I never complain about what I don’t have. I know that I am blessed and grateful for the things I do have, so there’s never a reason to fear. I’ve learned so much during this time and I realized that I am stronger than I thought and I refuse to be slowed down by anything even a pandemic. I want the world to know about my brand and my story in hopes that I can inspire other young black business owners to achieve their wildest dreams. I am unapologetically eager to make a difference in this community and this world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If someone was visiting Houston for a week I would take them to all my favorite spots in the city and show them a great time. First we would head to the Turkey Leg Hut for some crawfish Mac and cheese, then check into the Marriott Marquis hotel to enjoy the Texas shaped lazy pool. On day 2 we would go to the Galleria for some retail therapy and also do my personal favorite activity, ice skating! Before the day is up we would head to beautiful McGovern Centennial Gardens to take pictures because I love a good photoshoot. The next day we would kick back and enjoy new music from Houston’s local artists and poets at Avant Garden, then head to my favorite taco truck off Gulf Fwy for the absolute BEST $1 tacos in the city. On day 4 during our week in Houston we have to go to Harwin street to shop all the best discounts in Houston, have lunch on the patio at Velvet Taco on Westheimer, then blow off steam and enjoy a nature hike along the Buffalo Bayou trail. Before the week is up in Houston we must visit some of my favorite museums in the city including the Natural Science Museum and the Fine Arts Museum for an incredible learning experience. Don’t forget to spend an entire day on Kemah boardwalk, and last but not least visit Menchies Frozen Yogurt for the best froyo in Texas! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shout out is dedicated to my big brother who is no longer with us today. My big brother was my best friend, mentor, and number one supporter. He always encouraged me to reach for the stars by teaching me that nothing was impossible and that I can do anything if I put my mind to it. He challenged me to do better in many ways and no matter what he showed me that the most important rule is to never give up. When I was a young I often liked to do complicated jigsaw puzzles, but get so frustrated when the pieces don’t immediately fit together. Right at the moment when I was about to give up my big brother was there to push to keep going. He said to divide the piles into segments and then work through each cluster separately. Then all I would have to do is connect the clusters to the borders. Take your time through life little by little ,but never give up no matter how challenging or stressful it becomes. He was there for me my in college when I graduated from The University of Houston with my Bachelor’s degree and he encouraged me to purse my Master’s degree at Texas Southern University. I was there for him when he got his Master’s degree from Lamar University. My brother helped me make some of the biggest decisions in my life and he is the only person that I can truly relate to. When all else doubted me, he was the one of the few who supported me. This shoutout is dedicated to all the big brothers who have supported their little sisters throughout their life’s journey. I miss my big brother with all my heart and I dream about him a lot. I know that he is watching over me and still rooting for me in everything I do. He will always live on in my heart and my legacy until one day we meet again.
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