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Mark's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Central Route

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Chicago, IL

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 2

MARK JOHNSON

Bucket Man
Self Employed

“As long as you're satisfied with it and it's working for you, that's all that matters.”

INTERESTS:

Art Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Family Negativity

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

drafting, drums, fun, self satisfaction, street performing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Started playing the drums when he was 10 years old.
  • When he was in school, his major was drafting; begged his mom to let him change it to music but she always said "no."
  • Went through school, got a few well-paid drafting jobs, but was always focused on his music.
  • One day, on his lunch break, he started busking with a local street band and realized he could make a good amount of money.
  • When he got laid off from his day job, he started to focus on his street performing full-time.
  • Says that his choice to become a street drummer made his family nervous; they thought he'd never make any money.
  • Believes that people only tell you you can't do something because they're unhappy with their own jobs and choices.
  • He refuses to "just work for 30 years and then die," says he strives to find some fun and fulfillment every single day.

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