Johnny Rock Page Interview
Interview with Johnny Rock Page
by: Mandi Pimental
Star American Pro Superbike Racer Johnny Rock Page is a passionate athlete with heart and a penchant for entrepreneurship. Also a business investor, film maker, music producer and single dad to daughters Madison (17), Alexa (15), and Kennedy (8), Page wants to live his life as an example to his girl’s so that they may be inspired to lead their lives with positivity, forgiveness and grace.
Working as a professional American Pro Superbike Racer seems like an extreme career choice! What is it like having a day job that is a 24/7 adrenaline rush?
It’s more of a weekend job really. I’m out on events from Thursday until Sunday or Monday. And it’s insane. The first five laps of every race I’m thinking, “This is absolutely over the top crazy, what am I doing?” Then after a few laps I finally gain some rational.
Tell us a little bit about how you got started in racing? What made you take it from a hobby to something so much more?
In 1990 I was visiting Valley Yamaha in Mesa, Arizona and I saw a poster of Eddie Lawson dragging his knee, and I thought to myself, “that is pure poetry in motion. I want to do that!” I traded my bike in for a race bike soon thereafter and haven’t looked back since.
You wear a lot of hats, with your hand in a lot of endeavors. Let’s talk about some of your other projects. You are also involved in the world of music, having recently signed the band “Very Scary”, can you tell us a little bit about their project?
Very Scary is a band I produced that were formed in Arizona. They are a great group of guys who have known each other since they were in sixth or seventh grade. They make amazing music with the latest technology and just have a blast together. Their album will soon be available on iTunes.
A true jack-of-all-trades, you are also involved in the food industry. What made you venture into that world and what is your involvement with gourmet eateries such as HOOKMEUP and Brentwood Steakhouse?
I invest in gourmet restaurants. The owners of HOOKMEUP, Jason Mogler and Amber Walter, endorsed me and are currently using my branding for their company, in which I also invest. As for Brentwood Steakhouse, I am also an investor, and this incredible 5 star steakhouse will soon be having its grand opening in Brentwood, California in March. And I am still looking for a date to take to its opening! [Laughs]
Aside from all of your work projects, you’re also a dad! What’s been the hardest part about juggling your role as a father while conquering the business and racing world?
When you are raising daughters, you really have to examine yourself, and change from within to lead by example. Instead of me continuing to live my life of partying and sleeping around, I discovered a new sense of awareness on how I could be more respectful to women, as well as my inner being and self, therefore setting a good example for my girls.
What would be the number one thing you hope to teach them?
What I want my daughters to get out of life is to realize that their life is a beautiful gift. That we are so blessed by the Creator, God, to have received the chance to be a free people and to love and to live life to the fullest. And to learn how to be good to yourself.
As a single dad do you plan to look for a special someone and getting married someday?
I wear a ring currently. I wear a ring to keep me tuned into God’s love. I hope to find love and settle down and get married again. I had to step away from a world of lust, and sleeping around, to focus on finding the right girl, really getting to know her, so that it can lead to something more. Man is not good alone, it is one’s goal to find a suitable partner.
With all of your projects, are you a big fan of using social media to connect with fans and clients? Do you have a favorite social media platform?
I disconnected from social media because I was getting my affirmation from the outside world and not looking for affirmation from the people who I love who were right there in front of me. I’ve noticed that disconnecting from social media has made me more social. Meaning that I like to interact more in person, instead of using technology to do so. I prefer talking on the phone to texting, and it’s made me a personable person. And sometimes, if I want to talk to someone I will actually go to their home to say hello.
With being disconnected from social media, how do you market your various projects?
I know celebrities and public figures usually have managers and PR staff. I myself don’t. I put my works out there and let people get inspired by them and approach me, and from there it grows organically.
Speaking of putting yourself out there, tell us a little bit about the documentary you’ve been working on?
Filming consistently for the past ten years, I’ve been fortunate to capture some of my life’s most incredible moments. From my racing, to my divorce and my journey to bouncing back. It’s got a little of everything. Pain, tears, recovery, darkness, humility and a lot of love. A director I know, Kurt Kubicek, saw it and wanted to turn the footage into the film. That film, One/Tenth of a Second is now touring the film circuit and receiving great feedback. I hope everyone who sees it can take something away from it. I believe that every human being has a movie within them, I just happened to film mine.
Being a public figure in many industries, fashion must play a big role in your life. Do you have a go to designer?
I don’t have any specific go to designers, but I really like Hugo Boss. When I am interested in a woman, I like to buy her gifts and beautiful clothes to help her feel good and smile, and to know how beautiful she is. I recently bought a girl a black dress by Hugo Boss and it made her so happy.
Can you touch on your involvement in the political world?
First, a corporation cannot be sovereign, WE THE PEOPLE are sovereign. My political stance is this: when I can walk into Starbucks and ask, “Is everyone getting a chance to vote on all the different issues?”, and people are saying yes, then I will know that the republic and WE THE PEOPLE are finally on its way to being restored. Get rid of the lengthy pages of legalities, as if people care, and simplify the process so our voices can be heard. When you get people involved, camaraderie will soar to new heights in America. I personally, am not tied to congress, I just hope that the people stand behind me. WE THE PEOPLE are the President, not just one man, we are the shapers of tomorrows future. We just need to come alive and have some fun!
What are you most looking forward to in 2015?
I’m investing currently in new businesses and watching over how my current investments are going. No matter who, or what, I’m involved with, I want it to be surrounded with love. I want it to be a positive experience.
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