John Henry Soto

John Henry S.

Bayonne, NJ
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Film Acting

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Hello! My name is John and I love helping new artists find their voice in film. I've been acting and directing for over 10 years and my passion has been telling stories with people that care about moving the human race forward through the arts. That's why I love teaching new talent, young and older, get started the right way by showing them what not to do. I not only teach the British method I also help the actor get auditions and really get started.

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John Henry delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
February 1991

*** Studio Equipment ***
music room seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide copies of some pages from the book. Just a need a guitar and quiet place to study. Also, parents must be present if the student is a minor.

*** Specialties ***
folk acoustic, electric blues, Film Acting, Film auditioning

About Me

I grew up in the South Bronx during the 70s and 80s. I understand the importance of community and how a neighborhood can be destroyed if the people do not get involved and work together for real solutions. Music and films were my salvation. I began to write songs and play guitar at the age of ten, and 15 years ago I started a band to raise the awareness level of teens and adults regarding the world around them. The band is called Glass of Know. The group had songs playing on rotation on upstate NY radio.

Although music was my first love I always had a fascination with film. I began to study with the successful theater and film coach Ruth Kulerman four years ago. After many lessons and plenty of encouragement from Ruth, I decided to start testing the waters. Early in 2007 I went out and started auditioning. The response was overwhelming and I landed 17 roles in 5 months. Not a bad problem to have your first time out of the gate. It wasn'€™t prime time or the big screen, but it gave me enough confidence to continue to work hard and more importantly, I knew I had something special to offer.

I've had films in the Asian American Film Festival, New Film Maker Festival, and 2 years ago the film En Route won first place at the Milford Connecticut Film Festival, in which I was the lead. I was nominated for best actor at the Columbia film festival for the short Good Bye. In 2011 I was the lead in the film Down & Across which went to the Cannes film festival. I'm currently working on a TV pilot with the same team. The Coffee List was my first attempt at the writer, director, and actor. The film has been screened at International Manhattan Film Festival, The Katra Film Series and we came in 3rd place for the HollyShorts Challenge on Indi website.

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Mar 2019 - Present
JAF Project

I'm the founder of a media company that produces cool things.

Oct 2015 - Present
Model and Talent Agency

I've had films at Cannes, IFFM, Katra, HollyShorts, NOVA FilmHouse

Mar 1999 - Apr 2007
Glass of Know

I played guitar for the successful local rock band called Glass of Know.


Entrepreneurial Studies
Oct 2014 - Jan 2015
Rising Tide Capital
Mar 2007 - Aug 2011
Ruth Kulerman Acting coach


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers
Jan 2005

A.S.M.A.C. is an organization whose mission is to promote the arts of Music Arranging, Composition, and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public. A.S.M.A.C.’s purpose is to provide its membership a place to make contact with each other to exchange ideas and information about the art of music and the music industry. A.S.M.A.C. seeks to educate and inform both the general public and the commercial arts community about the roles its members play in the creation of music past and present. A.S.M.A.C. also encourages emerging arrangers and composers in their development.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2005

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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Hello!!  I'm John!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I look forward to hearing from you.
Natalia started on an acoustic guitar not knowing one chord and she's now upgraded to an electric guitar and can play chords like butter!

Faith Gaardmand is one of my newest students!  She's great and has an amazing laugh and passion for music.  We're having so much fun!

Jorge is one of my great student that came to me not knowing one chord but now knows many!

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What inspired me to be an artist.
My acting Reel
The Coffee List was my first attempt at writing, directing and acting in a project.  It was a great success!
John Henry Soto with his Carvin Guitar
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17 Reviews

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Gaurav S. Feb 28, 2016
Guitar · In home

Helpful, makes you comfortable and quickly learn things.

Diane Feb 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I enjoy lessons with John he's great at helping you to establish good habits early & really helps to encourage you through challenging issues . I always leave learning more than I expected.

Omar Jan 27, 2016
Film Acting ·

First time I met John was on a film shoot. We had a good time, he was professional and had good chemistry. I like John for his positive energy, work ethic and character.

Sue Jan 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Awesome :)

Steph Jan 25, 2016
Acting · Online

Informative, entertaining, and relatable.

Ben Jan 23, 2016
Acting · In home

Worked with John on an IndiStar promo and it was one of the most fun jobs I ever had. He reminds me of the old school performers that had multiple talents.
Very Chaplin and Keatonesque. You gotta meet him!

Diane Jan 22, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I really enjoyed my first lesson with John. He is laird back and very helpful in pointing things out things that make it easier for you especially when it's your first time. I will remember & appreciate the simple yet valuable information he gave me which motivates me alot & makes me look forward to learning more instead of dreading the beginning grunt work. A+!!

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David Jan 22, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

John is great. He really listens to you... What you want to accomplish, what troubles you are having and then helps you with those things. Many instructors in the past have just taught what they wanted to teach and were not very flexible. John's presence is super relaxing yet challenging, putting you at ease, and in the best possible place to learn.

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Matt Jan 18, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

John is a great teacher and always very focused and dedicated to all of his students. I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn from an experienced, knowledgeable teacher that also knows how to make learning an instrument fun.

Leigh-Ann Jan 16, 2016
Film Acting · Online

John Henry Soto is a very inspirational artist! His abilities in many fields of The Arts is amazing. He is professional in every area he works in. John is funny, knowledgeable and very willing to do whatever it takes to help creative people to succeed while also being very easy to work with. Highly recommended.

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Maayan Jan 16, 2016
Acting · In studio

Great with actors (being an actor himself), patient, kind and to-the-point! Hurray for John!

Tiffany Jan 16, 2016
Film Acting · In studio

John Henry Soto is a true professional. He is knowledgeable, patient, and fun too! Also, I have always appreciated an instructor who is successful in their own field, and he definitely is.

Kathleen T. Jan 4, 2016
Acting · In studio

Engaged with what I was looking for. Looking forward to grow under the instruction of John.

Daniel McCabe Nov 29, 2015
Guitar · In home

Excellent teacher, very easy to work with.

Saleem B. Mar 3, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I have been a student of John for a few weeks now and I am amazed at the progress I have made under his instruction. I attempted to learn guitar about 15 years ago and after a few months of very little progress I got frustrated and quit. My experience under John has been a completely different experience and I couldn't be happier!

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Natalia D. Oct 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

John is an amazing instructor and keeps inspiring me to reach for new heights in my musicianship and just life in general. I also had a pleasure of witnessing him in action as a film director and an actor - such a fun and easy person to work with, and highly professional! With his extensive experience and teaching ability, I believe he can work with the student of any level, while adjusting the pace to the student's needs. Highly recommend to any person who loves music, film, and arts in general.

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Jorge V. Oct 1, 2014
Guitar · In home

I must say I feel totally privileged to have John as my guitar instructor, He has guided me through an incredible journey while giving me the ability to learn at a comfortable pace. I always look forward to our lessons knowing that I will always leave feeling accomplished! Thank you John for this great experience!

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