Editor’s Note: We’re frequently asked where the name “Tojj” originated. It’s probably best to let Tojj explain that, in his own “unique” way …
You would expect that, after having worked in the media for more than 30 years, I would be rather easy to find through a simple Google search for my birth name: Jeff Johnson.
Your expectations would be quickly shattered.
In fact, if you’re patient enough to click through all 30 pages of Google results for “Jeff Johnson,” you might actually find me … on page 30 … maybe.
In addition to my banishment to internet obscurity, I am quite frequently asked this question when I meet someone through my work in the media:
“Are you THE Jeff Johnson?”
The correct answer is, almost always, “No.”
This leads to the question I am most frequently asked: “Why are you called ‘Tojj (The OTHER Jeff Johnson)?'”
First things first …
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from The Jeff Johnson Band … though I sing and play drums (but not that well), and do enjoy some of his music.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from the Underground Training Lab for Internet marketers … though I have designed and developed more than 150 websites.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Chemical & Engineering News … though I’ve worked in the media since before there was an Internet.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Patagonia, Inc., best known for his writing and photography … though I have written thousands of stories, articles, and blog posts … and I do own a camera.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson who is a photographer from Minneapolis … though I’m noticing a trend that people named Jeff Johnson like cameras. (So, I bought a nicer one.)
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Minneapolis who is a jazz bassist … though I do like jazz music, and it’s nice to know I’ll fit in well if I ever decide to move to Minneapolis.
I am not THE Jeff Johnson from the Hennipen County, Minnesota, Board of Commissioners … though I am now fully convinced that someone would welcome me in Minnesota.
I am also not THE Jeff Johnson who owns the Chevrolet dealership in Woodlawn, Virginia, or the tattoo artist in California, or the professor at East Carolina University, or the actor from the movie Letters to God … though I have met him.
Finally, though I have been asked the question in person more than once, I am not THE Jeff Johnson from Black Entertainment Television … though I have worked in the media for more than 30 years … and have been on television … just not Black Entertainment Television … though I would appear on BET if they invited me … even though their studios are not in Minneapolis.
I am, and forever will be, Tojj (The OTHER Jeff Johnson) – professional voice-over actor / artist, narrator, public speaker, and live event host, lifelong nerd, and ardent defender of the Oxford comma.
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