Cast Your VoteJustin Howard

BlackBox Improv

Week 3: Casually Cool

What do you like to do for fun?

My job is what I do for fun. It’s true and so foreign to most that it sounds contrived. I think I’m in rare company, and it’s been a hard road to get here, but I would be spending my free time doing improv if it wasn’t my job. In addition to being fun, it’s taught me a lot about confidence and though I don’t leave the house in my pajamas, I also don’t spend time caring about what others think of me. That’s an incredibly freeing feeling.

Week 2: Workplace Image

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What do you find most rewarding about your job?

I get access to people with their guards down. When people come to watch a comedy show, or take an improv class, or take my training as a part of their work day, they let their defenses down and I can do a lot to change their perspective on things. Something as simple as a hard laugh can make a big difference in your life. Most people have never seen me in a tie, I think my neck might reject it at this point. I love being the one who gives others permission to relax as well.

Week 1: First Impressions

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What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation? Though I worked for good companies and had little to complain about, I felt as though I was never able to fully realize the potential I had inside me. It had been since high school sports that I felt like I could put all my energy behind what I was doing and I needed that again. I spent a long time trying to sort out who I was from what others had been telling me and decided it was time to jump into entrepreneurship. Opening my own company has allowed me to be an unedited version of myself, from my relaxed personality to my relaxed dress attire. I’ve never been one for suits, nor have I been one for branded company polos. First impressions matter, and I don’t want a customer thinking they’ll get a traditional experience with me because I’m rarely traditional in anything I do.

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