Actor William L. Johnson


What inspired you to become an actor?
I never really thought of being a film actor when I moved to LA. Musical theater was my passion, I truly love the stage and connecting with the audience. I moved to LA to be an R&B singer…LOL, I grew to love doing movies and TV.

How do you manage the competitiveness in the entertainment industry?
 I believe what’s for you is for you. But you have to apply yourself and know that you can be successful in whatever it is you decide to do with your life.
What has been your favorite role to date and why?
I shot a film titled Bernie Problems right after the pandemic. In fact, our first day of shooting was the day George Floyd got killed. The film is very independent but I loved the storyline. I play a drug addict who wants to become a motivational speaker. I enjoy doing independent films that Hollywood would never do.
Tell us about your rituals in preparing for an audition.
I love to audition and develop characters. I study till I have the lines down pact. I coach actors and show them how to create characters that people will love. Its a lot more to it just too long to get into detail…lol.
What does success look like for you?
Tell us about your film festival in Gary, IN.
I have a film festival in my hometown of Gary IN, called The Brotha Bill Black film festival. It’s during black history month. I’ve worked with quite a few filmmakers who have branched out that have done feature films. I love helping people grow in the craft.
Tell us about your upcoming project and your role in it.
I have several projects coming out this year. I Left My Heart In Columbia, The Kings Of LA and currently, I’m in production shooting the Black Hamptons on BET. Be on the look out for all 3, I play some very interesting characters.
What does success look like for you?
Success to me is doing what you love to make a living. Living your dreams into existents is key.