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Seeing The Opportunity In Misfortune

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J.T. Johnson (EP; THEBiGJAY) talks about the last time he was fired, and the opportunity that came from misfortune.

So the last time that I was let go from a previous employer, we’ve talked about them in, in a previous blog. I had to make a decision. My fiance and I were sitting down and talking about it and I was trying to see what I was going to do next. The roller coaster or yo-yoing back and forth with really wasn’t going to work anymore. We had to figure out what we wanted to do. By this time I had already begun to start getting a good idea about what I wanted to be doing in the industry. Specifically, I’m a storyteller. I’m a creative person. I feel like, I want to be in a place where we’re making cool stuff. As a result, I didn’t want to be working toward nothing, just building the little things here and there. I wanted to do something bigger and, I realized that through some contacts and people that I had crossed paths with that there was another way to do it.

So, I said, “You know what, we’re going to go ahead and make this jump.” After some prayer and some really good long, hard talks, my fiance and I decided to go ahead and make that leap and I didn’t allow myself to be available to go back. So the very first thing that I had to do was try to make a call and find a client. Through an acquaintance, we got an opportunity and so some chance phone calls and a few other things. Let me say it correctly…I believe the Lord opened up some strong doors for us in a way that I could never have planned. So the end result was that I had three meetings the second or third week after I was let go. That’s when I decided to “go freelance.”

I had three meetings and they were great. They were really good meetings. Nothing came from those three projects because, frankly, the people who were looking to get into them weren’t ready to go down that road the way they would need to go. Then another opportunity opened up and eventually that led to the first pilot that I shot. Now I’m developing three other projects, two scripted series and a docuseries, and all of this happened as a direct result of that entire situation. Realizing that, you know what, we can do better and I don’t need to just be an unemployed person or be somebody who’s, you know, looking at the bottom end of things. I very much wanted to be somebody who made some things happen. So we took a misfortunate as an opportunity from the Lord’s grace and made it, a very, very big success. Now, we’re moving. We’re moving very much toward, bigger things that I can’t discuss just yet, but soon, hopefully I will get a chance to announce it.

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