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October 2009

Hello again.

Another month has flown by and Christmas is nearly upon us, I cannot believe that it is only 7 weeks away.

Every year gets more difficult – what to buy, what to do and where to go over the festive period. I am sure as the time approaches the mists in my mind will clear and as usual we will have a fantastic time.

Work wise it has been exceptionally quiet, no meetings/castings or auditions in October but it tends to get a bit like this at this time of year.

We have a release date for the film that my daughter was involved in. “Nativity” opens nationwide on the 27th November, it is highly unlikely you will see her but we may be lucky and get a “blink and you’ll miss me” scene. Whatever happens she is very excited and we have something very special planned for her when the film opens – I am sure she will love it!!.

There is a trailer available which makes me laugh every time I see it, especially the X factor/Britain's got Talent scene, I have high hopes that it will be a really good film and it will be one for the DVD collection when it is released.

If you want to have a look at the trailer you can view it by cutting and pasting the link below – make sure you click on the pause button before the film starts to allow it to fully buffer or it will keep stopping and starting…….. enjoy !!!

http://www.filmshaft.com/feature-trailer-nativity

Or try the same clip on You Tube if you fancy…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-xUVK1ppq4

She has been a busy little bee having just come back from the Junior European club swimming championships in Belgium.

Her club were the only team from this country – so in all her races it said representing GBR, I was so proud !!

There were teams from all over Europe including Belgium, Ireland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who who made her feel safe, welcome and loved whilst she was away from home.

Anyway, enough of the rambling, I am off to watch the “Nativity” trailer again !!!!!!!!!!

Be good

John xx

September 2009

Hi Guys

As I write this I am firmly ensconced in the Virgin lounge at Euston station and thought I might as well make this entry whilst I wait for my train back home.

August was a strange month to say the least but I think we finally sorted out the problem with the hacker (see last months entry!) and fingers crossed have managed to shut and bolt the back door that he was gaining access by.

I completed filming on “Blitz” which was a job that I really didn’t enjoy – for a number of reasons.

It would be unethical of me and extremely unprofessional to state the exact nature of why I did not enjoy working on the film so we will draw a line through the project and say no more, just one thing though – the other actors who worked with me will know exactly what I am talking about and they too had the same (if not stronger) feelings as me.

I had a meeting for Eastenders, it was a fantastic part that was over four episodes, the character was called “Isaacs” and I would have loved to have been offered it but it was not to be for whatever reason. It was the first time that I have ever left a meeting and thought “I couldn’t have read that any better”.

Who knows why actors don’t get roles? Suffice to say, although I was bitterly disappointed, I know I gave it my all and the role has obviously gone to someone who was more suited to it than me – these things happen.

I also auditioned for the BBC drama “Hustle” which didn’t exactly go to plan either – a long arduous trip to London (where I am now writing this) for 2 lines (one out of shot) that I have not a hope in hell of being offered.

I knew it was only 2 lines but I was banking on them to let me read for a slightly bigger, more meatier role – I asked if I could read for something/anything else and was told in no uncertain terms …….NO!!!!!

I have a great CV and loads of experience but even now when you get the knock backs it is bloody hard to deal with and as I get older the kicks in the teeth hurt more and more and become even harder to take.

For those of you not in the business – imagine going to strings of interviews on a regular basis, knowing you are perfect for the job, excelling at the interview, getting positive feedback about how well you did and then being told – “sorry, not on this occasion”

I think I need another holiday ………

Be good and thanks for all the emails and I will do my best to answer these in the next 7-10 days.

Until next time

John x

August 2009

Hi Guys

You may have noticed that several months of entries have disappeared from the diary section of the website

This is because the site has been hacked into and slowly but surely started to be demolished (why would anyone want to do that or get a kick out of doing it?)

Anyway, it is still not right – hopefully in the next few days it will be back to some normality – the tech guys are working on it but I have lost those diary entries (and they were good ones as well!)

My thanks go out to the Turk who has done this, why could you not have picked on someone else?

Anyway, no use going over old ground – what's done is done and there aint a whole lot I can do about it!!

I have just been offered a role in a new feature film entitled “Blitz” that stars Jason Statham and is due for a full cinema release early next year – it is being produced by Lionsgate films and although the part isn’t huge – it is a feature film and my name will roll with the credits.

I was hoping to give you some REALLY good news but it has not panned out so I will not dwell on it.

I am off now for a well deserved sunshine break so will catch up with you all on the September entry (provided Turk has not totally decimated the site by then!)

Be good

John xx

July 2009

Hi Guys

The entry for this month has been hacked into and deleted from the diary.

My sincere apologies and I hope this has not affected you viewing other parts of the site.

John xx

December 2009

Hi Guys

Due to the poor weather conditions and various other commitments the December entry will be incomplete.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a great Christmas and a fantastic 2010

John x

November 2009

Hi all

We are now 2 days into the month of December and this could be a record for me.

I got to thinking, if I try and enter the diary content as early as possible in the month (for the previous month) then I wouldn’t have to constantly think …I need to do the months diary entry!

Makes sense eh? Let's see if it lasts.

Well. The premiere for “Nativity” was great and I know lots of you have now been to see it. It has been watched by some of you in places such as Sheffield, Harrogate and Edinburgh – I hope you enjoyed it as much as me … AND we were lucky enough to get some really good “blink and you’ll miss me” moments.

Thanks for some really lovely emails and messages of support for “Catherine”.

I auditioned for a new BBC drama called “Daughters” and was offered a lovely part – unfortunately it is shooting whilst I am away on holiday with the girls. Because of the nature of the scenes I was working on – the dates were fixed and unchangeable – typical eh!!

Still, one saving grace, at least I have a week away over the Christmas period with the loves of my life and I am sure that sitting on a beach with a good book and a very large cocktail will more than make up for the disappointment.

Some sad news for me this month. My mentor, colleague and good friend has departed for pastures new (Virgin Atlantic no less!!) and I will miss the regular daily banter. Obviously we will still be in touch and who knows what the future holds, I am confident that our paths will cross again.

I went to a commercial casting for “Gold-buyer” – and didn’t get the part, it was probably the most uncomfortable audition I have ever attended in my whole career. Not only was it embarrassing I was totally wrong for the role and this was obvious after the long silence from the casting couch at the end of the audition. NEVER do I want to experience anything like that again.

I would never normally slate a company publicly (and this has nothing to do with the above paragraph) but if you are looking to do some corporate entertainment in the form of a murder-mystery evening – DO NOT use a company called “Knights Templar”.

I have had some dealings with them of late and they have to be the rudest, most arrogant self centered company I have ever known. I have a large group of friends who work in this sort of arena and I will be telling all of them to give this company the widest berth possible. I truly, truly hope that they have an abysmal 2010.

The month of December is one of the most manic and happy months for me, it seems that everything and everyone is trying to cram things in before the year-ends. Here's hoping that I am not too stressed before Saint Nick arrives.

Be good and speak again soon.

John x

June 2009

Hi Guys

The entry for this month has been hacked into and deleted from the diary.

My sincere apologies and I hope this has not affected you viewing other parts of the site.

John xx

May 2009

Hi Guys

The entry for this month has been hacked into and deleted from the diary.

My sincere apologies and I hope this has not affected you viewing other parts of the site.

John xx

April 2009

Hi Guys

The entry for this month has been hacked into and deleted from the diary.

My sincere apologies and I hope this has not affected you viewing other parts of the site.

John xx

March 2009

Hi Guys

The entry for this month has been hacked into and deleted from the diary.

My sincere apologies and I hope this has not affected you viewing other parts of the site.

John xx