At CaptionMax, we believe that our greatest strength is our employees. They’re clever, creative, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them a little better. Mark Johnson started at CaptionMax in May 2012 as an offline Caption Editor before joining our team of Realtime Coordinators in 2014 and recently becoming our Realtime Engineering Specialist:
What’s your favorite part of working at CaptionMax?
It’s what everyone says, but the people. I love the folks that I work with. But also just the whole environment here, how the place is laid back, but everyone snaps into form when the work rolls in and tasks need getting done. Realtime can be feast or famine when it comes to stuff to do. I really thrive in that kind of environment.
What job did you want when you were 10 years old?
I wanted to be a baseball player. I even did a poster on that as a school project, and it hung in my room for years. My mom also tells me that I wanted to be a single guy with a pickup truck. I really failed my younger self on all accounts.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
The gym. It’s how I blow off steam. When you’re moving as much weight as you can possibly lift, there’s no room in your mind for anything else. You’re completely in the moment. A study came out saying that working out a lot leads to higher mortality, but I figure it has to be a better personal vice than drinking or smoking, right?
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’ve got pretty good willpower when it comes to, like, not eating doughnuts at work? But no, I’ve got nothing you can show off at a talent show. I did standup comedy once and got some laughs. But the amount of time I spent preparing and practicing that made it just not worth the investment to pursue.
What is your biggest hobby outside of work?
Working out. There’s just so many different ways to do it. Right now, I’m working on powerlifting. When the spring comes around, I’ll work on my conditioning for obstacle course races and take up Scottish heavy games throwing again.
If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln. He’s so integral to our country’s history, and yet, has there ever been a more enigmatic figure? There are so many legends, stories attributed to him. Every situation you seem to be able to morph into something Lincoln would support. It would be fascinating to really learn about what he truly thought and was like.
What is your favorite TV show/movie?
I watch a lot of sports. I’m mostly into football and basketball, but I have a soft spot for baseball, and volleyball is an underrated sport. I love that I get to work on the captioning for so many different sporting events here.