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John Henry Soto – Actor, Filmmaker, Musician, Writer & Producer

John Henry SotoJohn 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 johnhenrysoto@gmail.com

John Henry Soto - musicianAlthough 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.

Kids TV InternationalJohn 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.

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John Henry Soto

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?

Thank you,
John Henry Soto

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Here’s where you can find John Henry Soto:

My main site with my work.  http://www.johnhenrysoto.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/johnhenrysoto

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/johnhenrysoto

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/johnhenrysoto

 

 

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Multi-Talented Artist Robin Beaman

Robin Beaman, multi-talented artist I used to sit “center stage” where artistic endeavors were concerned…I sang and acted in New York and Los Angeles – in church as soloist, musicals, opera and straight drama, both on stage and on TV.  I sang under Leonard Bernstein’s baton in New York, sang in the New York Opera as well as Off-Broadway.  I came out to Los Angeles and pursued my wares in TV – Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, Hart to Hart, just to name three, and starred in many musicals and straight drama at The Colony Theatre here.

But, as time went on I decided that I’d run the gamut and did what I’d set out to do, which was to touch, move, make a difference in people’s lives, and to entertain to the best of my ability.  So, I decided to do something different.  I felt I’d run the gamut.

So now I’ve taken to helping with art others produce.  I still keep my creative hand in by writing now and then (mainly short stories and blogs), but I’ve found that I especially enjoy helping others polish up their written work by proofreading and editing in order to make their works shine as the bright gems they are.

I have been an avid reader since childhood, simply because there was no television in “them thar days”, so I escaped by reading. I’m so glad I did because I can see grammatical and spelling errors a mile away!

Because of my reading knowledge, I find myself getting engrossed and involved with the story I’m editing, so that when I edit something, it isn’t just a “job”; it’s because I’m interested and wish this story to succeed.  I mean, with the teamwork that develops between us, I can see this story really take off. It starts to live and breathe for me and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. It is important to me that the author’s story is the best it can possibly be.

Another skill or hobby, if you will, is being handy with needle and thread.  With this love of sewing, I stumbled on what is known as counted cross stitch which ends up, when finished, as a “thread painting” done on linen.  All kinds of colorful pictures can be rendered with this technique, sometimes to the jaw dropping amazement of those who see this art up close and personal.  And, to complete the “sewing” picture, I also love to crochet afghans, baby hats, as well as sew knick-knacks like table cloths, hand towels, coasters – well, you name it, I probably do it.

My overall purpose is this:  I cannot breathe easily if I don’t create something, whether it’s for me or through and for others.  I thank my lucky stars that I live around and have friends as artists — that I’m able to support them and do what I can for them.  Life just isn’t worth living without the beauty of art in it.  Period.

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