A native South Carolinian, R. Dean Johnson grew up in a rural community under the stars of Southern skies and the influence of lazy accents, good cookin’, kind folks and country livin’. But, it was many miles and cultures away under the influence of different kinds of stars where he grew up as an author.
In his first book, "Life. Be There At 10 ’Til." (iUniverse), Johnson bridged the geography and culture of these two distinct worlds and offers a refreshing new commentary on life and its bounty of wisdom. The book has enjoyed success both critically and among readers. So much so that it will be re-released in July, 2005. And, with his first original short screenplay, "Just Pray," now premiering on the 2005 film festival circuit, it seems as though Johnson may have found the bridge between two different worlds rife with life experiences that are serving him well. Writing and producing are a long way from the tobacco fields of South Carolina. But, his journey is one that is nevertheless inspiring.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Lander University, Dean went on to earn his MBA from the University of South Carolina and spent several successful years as the Corporate Director of Marketing and Communications for a healthcare management and consulting firm.
Yet, his yearning for "something more" drew him toward the bright lights and big city living of Hollywood. In Los Angeles, he redefined himself and his goals and steadily built a reputation as a recognized and sought after Personal Assistant to Celebrities. He became a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants, where he emerged as a popular spokesperson on their behalf having been interviewed by National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Worth Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Marie Claire – Australia, and the New York Times. He was a featured panelist for the Learning Annex’s popular seminar, "Becoming a Celebrity Assistant" for the past four years, and served as a Guest Speaker for the UCLA Extension Class on securing and handling celebrities. But the yearning for "something more" continued and Johnson satisfied the longing by putting pen to paper.
As far as the marquees of Hollywood have taken him from his roots, it is in Hollywood where he has rediscovered his most valuable life lessons, learned in the stories of everyday people from his own South Carolina background. These stories, rich with insight and wisdom, are where he has not only found the simple tools of empowerment, but has found the language and ability to tell and share.His next book is a series of children's books titled Fins & Tales which he is co-authoring with producing partnerThiessen. The books share life lessons for teh young at heart and are told through the voices, hearts and souls of Thiessen's five pets, two dogs, two cats and a fish.