Theron Johnson: Faith and Filmmaking

In a recent episode of Da Fixx, DJ Focus and Dice Gamble welcome a truly remarkable guest, Theron Johnson. An Olympic bobsledder turned actor and producer. Theron shared his incredible faith journey from the icy tracks of bobsledding to the creative world of film production. Here’s a sneak peek at what was discussed.

The Thrilling World of Bobsledding

Discovering a New Passion

Theron Johnson’s journey into bobsledding began unexpectedly when he stumbled upon a tryout for the USA bobsled team at a gym near his brother’s high school. Despite initial skepticism, Theron’s natural athleticism and determination earned him a spot on the team.

Key Takeaways:

  • Embrace New Opportunities: Sometimes, the most unexpected opportunities can lead to life-changing experiences. Be open to trying new things, even if they seem outside your comfort zone.
  • Natural Talent and Hard Work: Theron’s success in bobsledding was a combination of his natural athletic abilities and his willingness to work hard and adapt to a new sport.

Competing on the World Stage

Theron’s time on the USA bobsled team took him to some of the most beautiful places in the world, including Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. The thrill of racing down icy tracks at high speeds was both exhilarating and daunting.

Key Takeaways:

  • Travel and Exposure: Competing internationally provided Theron with exposure to different cultures and environments, enriching his life experiences.
  • Adapting to Challenges: Bobsledding required a new level of athleticism and dedication. Theron had to adapt quickly to the physical and mental demands of the sport.
Theron Johnson sitting in car (faith)

Keeping the Faith: Transitioning to Film and Acting

A Lifelong Passion for Storytelling

Theron’s passion for acting and storytelling had always been a part of him. Growing up surrounded by colorful characters in his family, he was naturally drawn to the world of theater and film. After some initial experiences with auditions and roles, he decided to take the leap into writing and producing his own content.

Key Takeaways:

  • Follow Your Passion: Theron’s transition from sports to film was driven by his deep-seated passion for storytelling. Pursuing what you love can lead to fulfilling and rewarding career paths.
  • Taking the Leap: Sometimes, you have to take bold steps to follow your dreams. Theron’s decision to write and produce his own content was a significant move that required courage and determination.

Overcoming Challenges in Film Production

Transitioning into film production was not without its challenges. Theron had to teach himself the ins and outs of the industry, from writing scripts to understanding the technical aspects of filmmaking. It was a process of trial and error, but his passion and determination kept him going.

Key Takeaways:

  • Self-Education: In the absence of formal training, Theron took it upon himself to learn the necessary skills for film production. This self-education was crucial to his success.
  • Persistence and Resilience: The journey was not easy, but Theron’s persistence and resilience helped him overcome obstacles and continue pursuing his creative vision.
Theron Johnson on set of Kingdom Reign with 2 of his co-stars (faith)

Pivotal Moments and Key Insights

Taking Control of His Creative Journey

One significant moment in Theron’s journey was when he decided to take control of his creative endeavors. After facing setbacks in the industry, he began writing his own scripts and reaching out to fellow creatives to collaborate on projects.

Key Takeaways:

  • Proactive Approach: Taking a proactive approach to your career can open up new opportunities and allow you to take control of your creative journey.
  • Collaboration: Building a network of like-minded individuals who share your passion can lead to fruitful collaborations and help you achieve your goals.

Investing in His Dreams

Theron shared a story about receiving a call from a producer who was interested in his work. Despite initial apprehensions about the producer potentially taking his work without giving him credit, Theron decided to take the risk. He even sold his car and musical equipment to invest in the project.

Key Takeaways:

  • Taking Risks: Sometimes, achieving your dreams requires taking significant risks. Theron’s willingness to invest in his project demonstrates the importance of believing in yourself and your vision.
  • Commitment: Investing time, effort, and resources into something you truly want is crucial for success. Theron’s commitment to his project was a key factor in his journey.
Theron Johnson, movie poster Kingdom Reign

The Importance of Thoughtful Decision-Making

Impact of Choices on Outcomes

The conversation also touched on the impact of choices on outcomes, particularly in the context of relationships and decision-making. Our hosts emphasized the importance of thinking about the consequences of actions before making decisions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Consequences of Actions: Every decision we make has consequences. It’s important to consider these consequences and make thoughtful, informed choices.
  • Biblical Principles: The hosts highlighted the biblical principles of reaping what you sow and the blessings of obedience. These principles can guide us in making wise decisions.

Accountability and Ownership

The discussion also emphasized the need for accountability and ownership of one’s choices. Taking responsibility for our actions and decisions is crucial for personal growth and success.

Key Takeaways:

  • Accountability: Being accountable for your actions helps build trust and integrity. It’s important to own up to your mistakes and learn from them.
  • Personal Growth: Taking responsibility for your choices is a key aspect of personal growth. It allows you to learn from your experiences and make better decisions in the future.

Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers and Actors

As the episode wrapped up, Theron shared some valuable advice for aspiring filmmakers and actors based on his experiences.

Key Takeaways:

  • Stay True to Your Vision: It’s important to stay true to your creative vision and not be swayed by external pressures. Trust in your unique voice and the stories you want to tell.
  • Embrace Challenges: Challenges are an inevitable part of any journey. Embrace them, learn from your mistakes, and use them as opportunities for growth.
  • Build a Supportive Network: Surround yourself with a supportive network of collaborators who share your passion. This network can provide valuable support and help you achieve your goals.


Theron Johnson’s journey from Olympic bobsledder to actor and producer is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and thoughtful decision-making. His story offers valuable insights and inspiration for anyone pursuing their dreams, whether in sports, film, or any other field. By embracing new opportunities, following your passion, and taking control of your creative journey, you can overcome challenges and achieve your goals.

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The spiritual detox (00:00:00) Introduction to the podcast episode and excitement about having an Olympian champion as a guest.

Theron Johnson’s sports journey (00:00:43) Theron Johnson shares his experiences and challenges during his time on the USA bobsled team.

Transition to acting and film production (00:09:57) Theron Johnson discusses his transition from bobsledding to acting and film production, including his journey into writing and producing his own content.

DJ Focus Dice Gamble (00:17:32) Theron’s journey into the world of movies and film production, doubts, and receiving validation for his work.

Transition to Film Production (00:18:34) Theron’s excitement and preparation for the transition into film production.

Learning the Film Industry (00:19:41) Theron’s learning process, raising funds, and the decision to turn the project into a full-fledged feature.

Preparation and Sacrifice (00:20:48) Theron’s commitment, financial sacrifices, and determination to make his project a success.

Connecting with Therone (00:23:16) Theron shares his social media platforms and updates on his movie project.

Real Talk Topic Introduction (00:24:08) Introduction to the real talk topic about the impact of choices on outcomes.

Understanding the Consequences (00:24:40) Discussion on the consequences of actions and the spiritual and earthly laws governing them.

Discussion on Sin and Pride (00:26:27) Exploring the relationship between sin, pride, and the consequences of actions.

Understanding the Impact of Choices (00:27:29) Emphasizing the importance of thinking about the consequences before making decisions.

Biblical Principles and Consequences (00:29:23) Exploring biblical principles related to reaping what is sown and the consequences of actions.

Owning Choices and Consequences (00:33:14) Emphasizing the need to take ownership of one’s actions and the biblical reminder of accountability.

The importance of choices (00:34:15) Discussion about how choices affect outcomes and the influence of peer pressure.

Thinking with the end in mind (00:37:22) Emphasizing the importance of having a clear vision of the destination and considering the consequences of actions.

Lifestyle changes with a child (00:38:45) Highlighting the need to consider the long-term impact of decisions, especially when it comes to parenting and financial planning.

Preparing for the future (00:40:53) Emphasizing the significance of planning for retirement, financial stability, and personal responsibility.

Learning from mistakes and seeking guidance (00:43:13) Encouragement to learn from past mistakes, seek spiritual guidance, and make decisions with prayer and consideration.

Importance of spiritual growth and purpose (00:44:47) Stressing the spiritual aspect of decision-making and the need to align choices with God’s plan and purpose.