Where are they now – Gray Johnson

Introducing a new Golden Star feature, highlighting folks of all ages who have lived at one time in Golden.

Gray Johnson, a 2010 graduate from Golden Secondary School, is living life outside of the box.

Johnson, who now lives in Montreal, does quality assurance testing on new games that have not yet been released.

“I thought about [living in Montreal] a little bit earlier on last year, I heard they had good poutine here so then I was just like ‘I’m doin it’.

As many people know, Johnson is more of an adventurer than a planner and after five nights in a hostel in Montreal, Johnson thankfully found an apartment with the help of Craigslist.

After a family friend suggested Gray apply to Electronic Arts – also known as EA Games, it only took one interview for Gray to be doing the job any 19-year-old dreams they could be doing.

“My job entails hanging out in a game studio playing games on iPads and what not, and using my keen eye sight to spot any bugs, glitches or malfunctions in the game. It’s easy and fun! Take that college!” Johnson jokes.

Johnson says he has never been happier, living in downtown Montreal where he has the ability to do anything he desires.

“I knew that all I wanted to do was have the best time ever, wherever, anytime possible. Now I do what I want when I want.”

Johnson says that when he is not working, he spends his time eating poutine and speaking French.

“Future plans of mine would probably be break a world record in something… Not sure what yet, I’m still just waiting for my true ‘calling’ so to speak. Other than that I plan on having the most fun possible wherever I go.”

“My biggest success so far is that I am completely satisfied with my life. I’m having fun every day and living in a beautiful city. What more could I need? Where I am now is exactly where I should be.”

Have a friend who used to live here? E-mail reporter2@thegoldenstar.net.

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