Kristy Johnson '05's Second Career as an Actress

From the 5/17/12 Daily Pilot:

Kristy Johnson found out the hard way that she could not overpower or subdue her creative side.

The Chicago native and lone female cast member in South Coast Repertory's production of the August Wilson play "Jitney," which opens on Friday night, gave up a promising legal career to start over again as an actor.

"I discovered that what I said I wanted for my life was not what I wanted at all," she said in an interview.

After a straight trajectory through Harvard University, the University of Chicago Law School and a great position at a top Chicago law firm, Johnson decided to scrap a career in the courts to pursue one on the stage.

"I realized very quickly that I didn't enjoy what I was doing," she said. "And it's not because it was hard work. I love working hard. I've always worked hard. But for the first time in my life, it was a challenge for me. I really needed to step back and see what would be fulfilling for my life. I discovered it would be a career in the arts."

With the brand of passion and determination that she brings to life in her "Jitney" character Rena, Johnson shifted course, becoming a full-time actress in 2008. Two years later, she moved to Los Angeles and began picking up work in theater, television and film.

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