I studied dance at the university of the arts in Philadelphia I went on the dance for MOMIX, Twyla Tharp's Movin Out (principle role Tony) a tour Broadway musical, Parsons Dance, and DIAVOLO. I am an artist creative director, choreographer and model. I have toured the world over taught internationally and at universities across the United States. I was recently featured in the Stevie Wonder Tribute with Rufus Wainwright directed by Andrew Ondrejcak premiered in Los Anglese at Heaven, the Art of Elysium's gala honoring Stevie Wonder, featured in Rolling Stone Magazine.
I am a creative director, artist, dancer, and model. I combine the worlds of Art, Dance and Fashion to provide unique worlds that inspire beauty and esthetic awareness in multi faceted formats. My work has been exhibited in galleries in LA and online. It is my goal to create artistic worlds that promote the art of dance and inspire beauty in the spirit of aesthetics.
Our readers would love to get to know you more John. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am an artist that believes in expression, beauty love and healing.
I am not only a creative director model and artist, but I also help and heal through several different healing modalities, crystal healing, Qi gong and healing and healing techniques passed down by my mother. I am in love with feeling and creative expression environmental activism, and love as a state of being not just an emotional expression.
John, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
I started out performing as a dancer for 15years and modeled here and there, as I explored my creative desires I connected dance art and dance photography being an athletic model using my dance training to create a different kind of jump shot and artistic expression to create unique editorials that bring visual artistic " Other Worlds" through the combination of photography art and dance.
Who is your inspiration in life John? How do you keep inspired?
I'm inspired by fearless artists and leaders such as Arthur Rimbaud (a famous french poet), Martha Graham (mother of modern dance) Eve St. Laurent (infamous designer), Frank Fools Crow ( ceremonial chief of the Teton Sioux), Leonardo Da Vinci, and Reinaldo Arenas (Cuban poet and novelist) to name a few. I am inspired by my mother's blood mother and step mother because of their love of nature, art and spirit they both taught me in different ways how feelings connect you to the land and nature. Allowing for a deep connection to the feeling of peace that can be inspired by any natural environment. I'm also inspired by healing and the tenacity of the human spirit those individuals that strive for inner freedom and awareness through inner healing.
We all make mistakes John, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I've had a few instances where my pursuit for perfection has made me momentarily forget to be loving and kind to myself and others mainly myself the pressure the dance and modelling industry can put on an artist can be hard, and the saddest ramification of that is self-doubt or self-hatred. As I've grown older, I see how much I tortured myself in the belief that I wasn't worthy or that I wasn't good enough this is the worst kind of cruelty one can put upon themselves.
John , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I am a very creative person so weather it is modeling, creative direction, choreographing or dancing I usually take a moment to sit in silence and then tend to explode with creative ideas letting myself remember the vast diversity I have inside myself to be anything and everything weather it is coming up with a specific creative idea, dance step or becoming a different persona or being it helps me to remember I am not me I'm whatever I want to be when working with clients or creating my art or working with a director or client I try to leave my egoic reactions at the door and be true to the moment. I usually realize there are infinite options that support an endeavour.
Please tell us John, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I think that the hardest time I've had was actually as a dancer then a model dancing demands a certain athletism that is almost overwhelming at times through sickness, injury and emotional turmoil you have to perform and then wake up and take class early in the morning, touring extensively can be very hard on the body I'd say dancing with the rigorous schedule demands off a 14 month tour was the hardest experience of my life.
The modeling world is very difficult because of the harsh realities of the industry, but it is very similar in the dance world they critic everything you do all the time that gave me a strong skin and resiliency that helped me navigate harsh environments and demanding clients and directors.
John, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Most of the time I just try as many different things as I can to get what a client is looking for as an artist first and foremost I love being creative, and I have been told that I have endless ideas and even too much hahaha but that has helped me like I said I try and keep my ego at the door being flexible and mutable has helped me get the desired result that is wanted from a client or director, of course, being who you are is best " take yourself on through a journey of who you are discovering moment to moment a new version of you that maybe lay dormant inside waiting to be discovered."
John, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment as a model would have to be my experience dancing with Rufus Wainwright in the video tribute to Stevie Wonder because we were dancing in hard conditions and we had terrible blisters on our feet Rufus and I, I remember limping on to the set because we were dancing in designer shoes and the pain was extreme and even with all the pressures on set and the physical distractions I was able to feel love for Rufus my role being his love interest, I think if you aren't truly feeling the emotions the shot or video or performance doesn't really read or work and the audience the viewer watching the performance or looking at your image in the magazine won't really feel anything and that is possibly the worst thing you can do as an artist, performer or model.
John, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I tend to be very creative and sometimes it can be too much hahaha I have so many ideas and some much energy that it can be challenging to choose what to go with or which one to choose first but I'd have to say the most enjoyment I've gotten from my work in the world is from being so creative I have to funnel it into many different experiences modeling, dancing, creative directing, choreographing, drawing writing poetry it's not that I am amazing at all of these it's that I have learned when your creativity asks you to go there that you listen because it's not really yours it's your job to be open to it to let the flow happen because creativity is something that comes through you not something that you necessarily own or that is yours you are just the funnel the energy comes through.
This concept has helped me create and move on in a way to create again and again.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I'd say whatever you do give it your all and don't listen to negativity don't all your mind to someone else's opinion of you if they don't like you go where you are liked if you take on criticism you run the risk of being far to sensitive I have had troubles with this in my life and profession in the past the sooner you let people be who they are and don't mind anyone else opinion work hard and be you the more successful you will be in anything
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes I'd love to collaborate with brands, fashion talents and creatives through modeling, athletic modeling Dance art, creative directing
I love merging art, dance and fashion being this fusion of things I have together to create beauty and unique worlds that people can see and feel. Inspiring beauty in the world
Now for the best part John! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.