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May 2013

Hi Guys

Well, as promised, here is the May entry – and it's a lot longer than Aprils!

It's been a very busy month for me and for some reason, I seem to have done more than my fair share of corporate work.

For those who don't know what corporate work is, or how it fits into an actors remit, here's a quick guide.

Most companies offer training videos to help their employees address, or learn, certain things. It can be anything really and it's very varied. For me, I either present the piece to camera, introducing the video and different scenarios, or, I play one of the characters in the video.

During May, it's been the latter. I played a bank customer for Lloyds TSB, Raymond Cist for the British dietetic society and Gordon Watson for Bombardier trains. All were very different characters, but, fun to be part of.

The latter two, were great to play, as they were bigoted, homophobic, racists. It really allowed me as a performer, to get my teeth into something, which is very alien to me.

I wanted to say thanks to the cast, crew and production teams on the various shoots, for making me feel welcome and allowing me some artistic licence to push the characters as far as I dared.

I also have a commercial out shortly, which I filmed a few weeks ago, but, I'll tell you more about that in the June entry, as it gives me something else to write about!

On a personal note, I was able to get away for a few days in the sun to take the winter chill out of my bones. Spain was great and although I was only there for 3 whole days, it felt like a week, as the weather was so nice.

I have so much to look forward to over the coming months, that I constantly have to pinch myself, to know how lucky I am. Yes, I work hard, so I guess it's the fruits of my labour, but, I never take anything for granted and thank my lucky stars almost every day.

I won't bore you with what I'm doing and when, as it sounds like I'm gloating or being boastful, I promise, that not's the case, but suffice to say, I am so excited at being able to seeing my favourite group “Scouting For Girls” perform an outside gig in the summer and having the opportunity to attend a “Mad Hatters Tea Party”, at The Sanderson in London, not long after. If you're at either venue and see me there, come and say hello!

Well, that's me done. I'll catch up with you all in July, when I write the June entry.

Be good and take care.

John x