We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” – Gretchen Rubin
The art of showing up, and working every day to get better at your craft is one of the most important contributors to success, in my opinion. And the reason I appreciate this quote is because it grounds me and reminds me that the small things I do on a consistent basis, which often don’t seem like much at the time, are what’s ultimately going to help me reach my goals and be the best version of myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My journey as a creator started rather late. It was in the last semester of my senior year at SDSU when my friends and I, after swim season finished, decided to go have fun and film videos on a GoPro Hero 3. I quickly fell in love with the process and started to learn on YouTube and teach myself the whole process. I wouldn’t say the journey has been easy, but it has been an enjoyable one. To anyone early on in their career, I would just encourage them to truly embrace and enjoy the process of learning. It’s great to have big dreams and goals, but what’s going to propel you forward the most is what you choose to focus on to improve today. Take each day as a new opportunity to grow, innovate and challenge yourself. Something I feel sets me apart and makes me unique is I’m always going to go above and beyond what’s required of me, and produce the best possible product for my clients. If you have a story to tell, I will find a way to bring it to life.
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.
It’s always nice showing people around San Diego. No doubt La Jolla will be at the top of my list of places to go. They have the most beautiful beaches in San Diego, in my opinion. I know a few secret hidden gems I know they would love. When it comes to food, I would go to either Snooze or Hash House for some breakfast. I’m a big pancake lover and both places don’t disappoint. For lunch, I would take them to either The Taco Stand for some good mexican food, or Rolled Up to get a sushi burrito. To finish out a day, I would go to Baja Beach Cafe in Pacific Beach to get a nice margarita with a view you can’t beat.
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?
There are many people who have helped me to get where I am today. I first want to thank my family for consistently supporting me and encouraging me to pursue what I love even though it was a big pivot from everything I worked for in school. I also want to thank all my college friends whom I originally made little GoPro videos with which ultimately set me on the path that I’m on today. To all YouTube creators I’ve watched, thank you very much because YouTube University was how I learned much of what I know. I would also like to thank Sean Michel, who took me in with no experience, and gave me the opportunity to learn with his company. And lastly, I would love to thank my GoPro family because I was able to learn and grow tremendously during my 2 years at the company.