Introduction by Jennifer Levine
Ashley Johnson is sweet. I abhor the adjective “nice,” feeling like it’s a descriptor for a person lacking any other quality. But, Ashley Johnson is sweet. Her casual manner and cheery disposition immediately inspire friendship. Her passion just plain inspires. She is one of those rare gems that manifests ideas and visions, giving people (especially artists) something to believe in. As a graphic designer trying to carve a career trek, Ashley saw something missing and endeavored to solve the problem. How can I, as an artist, utilize the Internet to find projects and work… how can I help other artists/artisans with the same goal? Galaxyquotes.com was born. Her company is a platform meant to cultivate artists’ careers and develop creative projects in the mainstream marketplace. Be it a mural on the side of a building, a logo for a letterhead, the perfectly tailored wedding dress, live music or an intricately designed necklace with your favorite stones… Galaxy Quotes is the place to shop. Then, for artists looking for exposure or financing for their visions, they can post portfolios and projects just a click away from consumers. What makes this site different than other artist portfolio / project services out there? The conception and implementation of the business was by artists, for artists. The key demographic is professional. Her service is cutting edge, offering a new platform for creatives to explore that they wouldn’t necessarily have access to through other social networking. In Talk Launch’s “One of Us” series, she deftly fits into their call to arms: The artists, entrepreneurs and digital gunslingers of our creative culture. Without further ado, here’s the gal behind the galaxy, Ms. Ashley Johnson:
I am Ashley Johnson. I was born in good ol’ Denver.
I am a creative director / idea designer. I grew up in Colorado, Pennsylvania, California, and New Zealand. I wish I could sing.
I have a Masters in Political Philosophy. I think people are inherently compassionate and selfish at the same time. I’m just so sick of politics.
I get inspired by art and movies. I have a little black kitty orphan named Magic Johnson. I like my spontaneity and general willingness.
I’d like to live in Europe.
I fight the temptation to get depressed. I envy Jacques Cousteau.
I spend most of my time creating and designing.
Dream Job: Creating an expectational movie while travelling the world.
Fictional Hero: Bugs bunny (not sure why)?
Real Life Hero: Stanley Kubrick and Marco Polo
Great achievements: Directing a movie, websites, and iphones.
My greatest anxiety is not getting anywhere.
One thing the Internet really needs is an environmental reader. Would using black screens on google be better for the environment?
If I could switch places with one person for a day, it’d be an astronaut.
My favorite spot in the world is a lush forest next to the ocean.
I’m excited by seeing lots of creative portfolios on my website GalaxyQuotes.com
My favorite song: Bob Marley, One Love. It just makes me happy!
My greatest fear is humans in general destroying our planet.
If I could do anything I’d go to space.
My secret hobby is buying domain names…er yeah…juicyfarts.com?
Work is my life. My ideas are most valued to me.
I connect online: Galaxy Quotes!
Favorite Book: Even Cowgirls get the Blues
Favorite Song: Bob Marley, One Love. It just makes me happy!
Gardening is the best way to relax.