MIKI JOHNSON // artist profile

All Photos by Peter Konerko for @ This Stage Magazine

What energizes you as an artist?

Pain, depression, sadness, candy, animals, anima, animus, cake, TV, movies, music, my family (mother, father, sister, cousins, aunts and uncles), neighbors, my morning commute, my evening commute, sleeping, dreaming, marijuana, macaroni and cheese, anxiety, my couch, being away from my couch, hot weather, cold weather, loss, love, sex, lack of sex, Pozzo and Lucky, delivery people.

What’s been inspiring you lately?Miki Quick Facts 4

I’ve been a little uninspired lately. Being new to L.A. is sometimes inspiring — not always in the most positive sense, sometimes in the most positive sense. Music, NPR, the heat, my cats, TV… just watched Game of Thrones all the way through — killer. Watching 30 Rock for the first time — hilarious. I don’t know… sleep is always an inspiration.

“If I wasn’t an artist…”

I don’t know. I really don’t. Maybe a veterinarian. Or a farmer.

“As a child, I was…”

Shorter. And in Ohio with my mom and dad and sister. It was both wonderful and rough.

Who are your artist allies?

I’m new to this particular community and so am still finding my way locally. My TV family at Hell on Wheels; Echo Theater; my neighbors, Anna and Jamel — brilliant artists I went to Yale with; and my composer friend Ryan Kattner from the band Man-Man… I guess those are my closest art pals at the moment.


Who are your artistic heroes?

Samuel Beckett, then… too many actors to list, too many musicians to list, animals — particularly cats and dogs, but all of them, too many stand-up comics to list, and my mom.

What’s your favorite (or go-to) LA “spot?”

My apartment.

Okay. Define art. Go!

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Picasso

Where can we see your work?

AMC on Saturday Nights: Hell on Wheels. And here in L.A.: Echo Theater: American Falls — a play opening September 11.

What’s your creative goal for the next year?

I want to write stuff that cracks people up – maybe a movie or maybe TV or maybe a play or maybe a book… I don’t know… been doing dark stuff for some time now. Time for a chuckle.


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