Paula Patton  

John is an amazing teacher.  I cannot recommend him enough.  He was one of the most significant influences on my career as an actress.  When I started John’s class I had yet to book a single job.  With his skilled instruction, I went from only getting callbacks to actually booking jobs.  After having been in other acting classes, I remember being so impressed with what he taught us.  I finally felt like I was given actual, real, tangible tools I could use to become a better actor.  These were tools that could be applied to any material (comedy, drama, sitcom or film).  What I learned from him about dissecting a script, I still use on every new job I begin.  He taught me one of the most important and difficult things to learn, which was to be in the moment and not act.  He pushes you to be your best and won’t settle for anything less.  He is tough on his students but also incredibly caring.  He wants you to succeed and will do anything in his power to help you obtain your goals.  He worked tirelessly with me on many auditions and with his help I booked my first lead role in a film (Idlewild) and my second (Déjà Vu). 

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