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I had the awesome privilege of speaking at the Columbus Black International Film Festival last month at the Columbus Museum of Art (one of my favorite art museums in the U.S.). It was a fantastic experience. In my keynote presentation, I talked about future marketing trends and how the art of storytelling works when it comes to branding. If you’re curious as to why I was speaking at a film festival, I should note that as a former independent filmmaker and video editor, I found much of my current success because of the 10+ years of experience in that arena. I’m also an early adopter so when social media first arrived I was quick to grow a following to promote my creative works. It evolved from there. Remember, everything is connected and life’s journey has many twists and turns. I always knew I wanted to creatively inspire people. That’s what I did and that’s what I’m currently doing.

Now, Columbus Ohio is a special place with so much to experience, from the electric nightlife to the different styles of culture throughout the city. It was awesome to visit the midwest and be a part of something special like the Columbus Black International Film Festival (CBIFF). The main objective of the CBIFF is to showcase diverse filmmakers locally, nationally and internationally while highlighting a spectrum of stories told by people of the African diaspora. It’s a special film festival that is doing a fantastic job spotlighting the diversity in Ohio. I’m proud to have been a part of the experience.

To learn more about the CBIFF or submit a film project of your own, just visit: https://www.columbusbiff.com/

If you’re interested in learning more about cool places to visit if you ever find yourself in Columbus, Ohio —check out some of my highlighted reviews on Trip Advisor. Fun Fact: I’m one of the Top 5% Reviewers on Trip Advisor, averaging around 40,000 readers per month. Not too shabby. You can also check out more highlights and keep up with me on my IG Stories. Just follow me at www.instagram.com/cjjohnsonjr :)

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