Speaking to the room full of budding performers and film makers John explained how his time at South Thames College helped him to focus on the career he wanted and allowed him to express his creativity.
He said: "I really enjoyed my time at South Thames College because I took being there seriously, as I knew I needed to if I wanted to have a career as an actor. I didn’t go to College to waste time or play – I actually wanted to learn.”
During his time at South Thames John landed the title role in the College's production of Othello. He added: "Othello was one of the biggest experiences for me because that was the first time that my dad came to see me in a show and he was moved to tears. I was taking my career seriously."
Describing the early morning calls on set and the need to be disciplined to succeed John's words of advice seemed to leave an impact on our students.
Level 3 performing arts student, Oliver Fine, 19, said: “I thought John’s visit was the most inspiring moment in my life. He was in the exact same position as I am now five years ago, studying at South Thames and now he is in Star Wars – I aspire to have a career like his.
“I found the advice he gave us so interesting, especially when he said it’s important to concentrate on your career early, so take college seriously – I’ll definitely be following that.”
Level 3 performing arts student, Lettitia Morgan, 19, added: “It was amazing. John comes from a similar back ground and area to me and a lot of other students, so it’s inspiring to see how successful he is. It’s made me realise anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and work hard.”