When It’s Time To Quit Hollywood And Move Back Home by Rhomeyn Johnson

Rhomeyn Johnson, Actor: You have to realize what you are and what you can do. And see me, I know there’s nothing else I can do. So I have no…I burnt all…I purposely burnt all of my bridges leaving Detroit.

Film Courage: Do you think most people “go home” because of rejection or they have pull from friends and family and it’s comfort, it’s safety, they’ll miss them and it’s not always this way here. Especially if you’re working a survival job in the gig industry?

Rhomeyn: It’s all of that. It’s not just the fact that you can’t do your acting or whatever. It’s all of those factors. That’s why I say this is a calling to me. See when it’s a calling there is nothing that can take you away from it, I mean you get sick or whatever. Like my mother fell and hurt herself. I went home for a couple of weeks to tend to my mother. If I had to go home to take care of my mother, I would do that because family comes first.

If I had to say Okay I’m going to have to go home for awhile I would do that. If it’s an emergency situation, that always for me takes precedence over this because I couldn’t be happy or concentrate knowing my mama or somebody needs me and they’re helpless. You can’t function.

But if it’s due to the fact from the pull…like I dated a girl and we went to see a movie at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. When we left the movie she got a call from her mother and they were having a cook out in the back yard or something. So we went to see an early matinee around 12 or something.

After the movie (it was like 2:00 or something), back home it was around 4:00 p.m. and her mother called and said Oh your cousin such and such is here…oh we got barbecue…we got potato salad. Everybody is asking about you.

We were walking to the car…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Rhomeyn Johnson was born as Rhomeyn Alfred Johnson. He is an actor, known for State of Mind (2007), Parks and Recreation (2009) and Vacant Lot (2000).

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