We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Will Johnson a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Will, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Did you always know you wanted to pursue a creative or artistic career? When did you first know?
To be honest I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a while; I just knew that whatever I was going to do I didn’t want it to feel like a job. I was already surrounded by music because all the homies was either rapping or singing (at the time I was doing photography) but on my own time I was recording demos, writing music, asking about softwares and stuff like that; Lowkey I felt like I was already on the way to pursuing it, I just didn’t know it yet.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
So originally im from Baltimore and before I became a music artist i was a photographer (i went by Ankhs.World) and. i had did work for people like Playboi Carti, Brent Faiyaz, Marino Infantry, Adidas and more but It just felt like my path was going in a different direction; All of my homies made music and it was all I ever really thought about on a day to day. I think just the pressure of change was the thing holding me back but I was tired of just not trying so I made the leap. I currently am working on a project hopefully everyone will hear it in 2022-2023 but im not rushing the process, just gonna leave it to God and make the best shit I can.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
The freedom of doing what I want. Nothing else compares. I’m happy waking up and doing nothing but attempting to be my most creative self and its all just interesting to see growth as not only an artist but as a person.
What can society do to ensure an environment that’s helpful to artists and creatives?
Honestly drop the ego and be open to meeting folks and not just off the status; I hate how social media warped the mindsets of people to think cuz they have so and so amount of followers that they are the end all be all; the folks wit 200, 300 follower’s making the shit for the future and folks just ain’t catch on. Like just talking to people will open so many doors and create bonds you maye have never thought you needed.
photos by Eric Jovel (@ericjovel_) David Awoyinka (@sjtakestomorrow) Japhet C. (@Japhs.world)