John has been performing since childhood. During his training days, doing HND Acting and Performance at Falkirk College, he performed lead roles such as John Proctor in ‘The Crucible’ and also Macbeth. He toured a production of ‘Ines de Castro’ in Portugal, playing Prince Pedro, for which he also composed and performed the music. He has a wealth of experience in both independent films, such as with the award winning Dabhand Films, and big budget productions, including television series such as Monarch of the Glen.
His voice over work ranges from multiple accents in corporate training productions to audio book narration for RNIB Scotland. He has worked on radio advertising for the Scottish Government and provided one of the character voices in GTA Vice City. From the creation of ‘serious’ roles to playing transvestite Scottish glam rockers, John has been the ‘go to’ guy for many companies. His character work and vocal talents shine through in all his work and multiple characters are accommodated.
John holds both BA Media with Communications - during which he scripted, directed, produced, edited and performed in both his own work for radio and television elements of the course – and MLitt Media and Culture – concentrating in the fields of Digital Cultures and Film Theory. John has a wide and diverse knowledge base which he applies to all of his performance work.
An instinctive performer, John has the experience, knowledge and ability to provide great work and a happy working environment. As a guitarist, John plays in the rock group Monkeyfrog.
Corporate roleplay recommendation:
'John works with our organisation in developing realistic 'employees' our clients (business leaders and managers) find useful in practising their coaching and accountability meeting skills.
John's ability to emote at just the right level creates 'difficult' employees our clients can identify in their own organisations and shows him to be a talented actor who takes initiative and improvises to respond authentically to each individuals approach to managing him. He creates believable background stories and builds his characters as they progress through the 'meeting' to keep our clients engaged and challenged. His use of mannerisms and body language further builds the characters and their authenticity which means that though he might play more than one character with each set of clients they get a sense of a different person on each occasion. John is able to communicate the inner feelings and motivations behind his characters providing depth and the all important psychological aspect of our characters and through his input we've been able to fine tune them. His particular talent is in making statements that challenge our clients to think more deeply and more creatively, which results in their developing their skills to a higher level and feeling confident and motivated to practise their skills on their employees.
John is a valuable part of our team and is a regular with us. In short John is brilliant!'
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