John grew up in the South Bronx during the 70s and 80s during a tough time for that community. He understands the importance of a neighborhood coming together and working for real solutions. That experience along with the love and support of his family shaped his early artist passions and gave him a purpose to try to make the world a better place by spreading beauty with his creative energy. Music and films were his salvation. He began to write songs and play guitar at the age of 5, and 15 years ago he started a band to raise the awareness of the world around them. The band is called Glass of Know. The group had a few song on local radio and toured heavily. The band still reunites for special events. John recently launched his new record label Anakeion Music with his business partner Michael Katz. First signed artist is Metanoiz!
In 2013 John started his journey in building a production company. His intention is to create a place where a filmmaker, actor, musician or writer can feel comfortable bringing their ideas to the table and seeing them come to life. John will find the best people to work on your project and take full responsibility for your getting it done. Fully understanding the economics of the business, John also finds great talent that’s affordable for your budget. As John states, “I want the artist to be shocked how great their project came out and want to come back, create more and tell everyone.” To set up a meeting with John email him directly at email@example.com
Although music was his first love he always had a fascination with film. He began studying with the successful theater and film coach Ruth Kulerman in 2007. After many sessions and plenty of encouragement from Ruth, in early 2008 he decided to start testing the waters by auditioning for many roles. The response was overwhelming and he landed 17 roles in 5 months. The roles were small but it gave John enough confidence to continue to work hard and more importantly, he knew he had something special to offer.
John has had films in the Asian American Film Festival, New Film Maker Festival, The Katra Film Series, International Film Festival of Manhattan. In 2008 John was the lead for the film En Route which won first place at the Milford Connecticut Film Festival and shortly afterwards he was nominated for best actor at the Columbia film festival for the short film Good Bye. In the lead role once again, the film Down & Across was invited to the Cannes film festival in 2011. Earlier this year The Coffee List made it to the final round at the HollyShorts challenge for indi.com in LA. This film was John’s first attempt at writing, directing and acting in a project. John is currently producing a TV pilot, Web series and working on a book. In the near future John would like to enter the lecture circuit and motivate others by sharing his journey.
The one constant endeavor that has given the world more hope than anything else is art.
Therefore, artists are the most valuable people on the planet. Someone may argue this and that’s fine but a clear and educated look at history will prove my statement time and time again. From the amazing artists that designed the pyramids and Greek monuments to today’s creators of art influencing elections via social media and giving us hope for the future, artists are the leaders.
We have a mind. We have bodies. We are spirits. If we do not help this planet, who will? The politicians?
John Henry Soto
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