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Bringing Passions to Light: Three Questions with RJ Johnson, Content Producer

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RJ Johnson (they/them) comes to SE2 with a broad background and a love of creating. With over five years of experience in marketing, communications, and content management, they have touched just about every aspect of the field.

A lifelong learner, RJ has an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Stephens College. RJ comes to SE2 from the health insurance sector and approaches everything from a lens of intersectionality and community.

What did you learn growing up that you bring to work?

I grew up on a cattle ranch in Paonia and later moved to Telluride for high school. Both locations lent me many skills and knowledge that I use in my personal and professional life today.

I credit my work ethic, can-do attitude, and creative spirit to my childhood of ranch chores, 4-H, and extracurricular activities. When I wasn’t at school, I played sports, cared for horses, rabbits, and other family animals, or daydreamed and told myself stories.

My little brother and I would run wild, playing cowboys and knights, and were often told “not to come inside unless it was an emergency.” I learned the importance of getting a job done and done right, the sacred importance of life, and the responsibility of taking care of other creatures and using my imagination.

It was here that I began to write and create – first through English classes and then on my own.

My family moved to Telluride just before I started my freshman year of high school. This was a particularly hard transition for me. Still, I found new passions by joining the library’s creative writing, film, and other clubs and jumping into telemark skiing, the original form of skiing. I continued to hone my love of storytelling and even pushed myself to study abroad in Austria during my sophomore year.

I left my mark in the tracks of powder with my telemark skis and learned to follow my passions.

What made SE2 a good fit?

When it comes to work, I need a cause I’m passionate about. I worked for over two years in marketing to bring affordable health insurance to multiple states because I believed in it.

When I saw the job listing for content producer at SE2, I knew it would be the perfect fit. Everything SE2 does aligns with my values and goals in life – to help our world be a better place for everyone to live in and thrive.

That, combined with my favorite part of marketing – content creation – made me cross my fingers and hit apply! I’m thrilled to be here and can’t wait to unlock further possibilities.

What issues/causes are you passionate about?

There aren’t many “issues” I’m not passionate about. I think so many causes cross over so many parts of who we are and what we need, which is why intersectionality is so important. I’m very active in the LGBTQIA+ community and the drag community. I host and produce a monthly show in Denver called StageFluid, which is an open stage and allows folks to develop skills and create art; we have just started an all-ages, PG-rated version.

I do my best to help tackle the issue of the environment and have a small rural farm in Lakewood with my family, where we grow produce and share it with our community. I love animals and have six pets

(three cats, three dogs, and a horse), and I try to donate to animal rights causes. I go out of my way to support BIPOC businesses.

I believe that creating and fostering community and connection is essential to the human experience, and I do my best to help others when I can.

About the Author:

RJ Johnson (they/them) creates fun, engaging, and strategic content. They enjoy creative strategy, experimenting with content ideas, and storytelling. With over five years of experience in marketing, communications, and content management, they have touched just about every aspect of the field. A lifelong learner, RJ has an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Stephens College. RJ comes to SE2 from the health insurance sector and is passionate about aiding in the fight for equal opportunities and advocacy. They approach everything from a lens of intersectionality and community.

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