Born on July 28th, 1978, in Edinburgh, Scotland. I lived with my parents, Bryan Johnston, a retired carpenter and Carol-Anne Evelyn a full-time mother until they separated when I was 5. Along with my brother, Kirk Douglas Johnston, we moved back and fourth between both parents until the age of 8. During this time I was regularly getting in trouble with my brother and due to an unstable family life we both went into foster care.
From the age of 8 to 13, my brother and I lived with many different foster carers and as we got older it became increasingly difficult to live together, regularly getting into conflicts with each other. So we agreed that we should move to different families to try avoid such problems. I moved to a new family and lived with them until 16, when I felt ready to move on.
Feeling disillusioned with the foster care system, I moved into a kind of half-way house for young adults. The projects purpose was to prepare young men and women for the realities of living alone. Each week they would give us a budget and we would have to buy our food, clothes and anything else required to get by on. It allowed the opportunity to be responsible for yourself but had the security of staff that would give guidance when needed. At 18, I felt prepared and ready to move into my own place.
Over the next two years I didn't really have any goals other than working between jobs and spending time with family and friends. It was not until shortly after my 20th birthday, after moving into a new flat just around from my fathers house, who I had a close relationship with, that my life as I knew it took a sudden turn. At the age of 60, my father suddenly passed away. Taking on the role of executor to my fathers estate, I spent the next 2 years dealing with the loss and feeling disappointed that I had never really done anything to make him proud of me. It was then that I really started to look at what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. This is probably the biggest fundamental influence of my life that has made me who I am today.
Not wanting to just take on any job, I wanted to find something I was truly passionate about, that I could pursue as a career and be content with. From a young age I always had a natural ability to entertain other people, whether it was dancing for 50p for my grandma or being the life and soul of a party, but it was never something I seriously considered until then. It's one thing to think you would like to act, but it's another whether you can actually do what it takes to perform on stage in front of an audience. Coincidentally at the time a close friend mentioned that his father had recently joined an amateur drama group at The Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh. The theatre company were taking on new performers and it was suggested that I come along and see what I thought. So I attended their workshops and after a couple of months was asked to perform in their latest play, Britannica Bold. This was an opportunity to see if I could actually learn a script and perform in front of a live audience, or whether I would lock up with stage fright.
The show was on for a week receiving great reviews in the press and local media and it gave me the motivation to pursue acting further. That year, I applied for a foundation course at the local college, got in first attempt and went on to a second year HNC in Acting & Performance.
Always looking for new challenges, I left college, always with the ....
intention of returning to acting at a later stage, to set up a video game import business on the internet. However due to changes in the video game market making it increasingly difficult to compete with larger companies and I closed the website after a couple of years. At that time a friend introduced me to professional gambling. Over the next three years I worked as, what you would probably call, a semi-professional gambler.
I intended to use the money I won to fund my acting, but most of it ended up being spent on travelling, motorbikes and other superfluous activities. However the acting was always at the forefront of my thinking, I just stubbornly never prioritised it. After an almost 6 years hiatus, I started working on my skills and understanding of what I needed as a performer.
It's always been my understanding that to be a great performer, you
must understand fundamentally what makes people act and do the things they do, from both a physical and psychological point of view. I studied body language, Neuro Linguistic Programming and other similar subjects, which helped me analyse and break personal barriers. I also felt I needed to work on my physical training, so for over a year I studied Salsa, Alexander Technique, Break-dance, Hip Hop & Street dance and combined with the mental training, helped round me off as a performer.
Currently I am continuing to explore and develop my knowledge of the human mind, why we act the way we do, in the hope that I can use this information when taking on any character. I don't want to pretend to be someone else, I want to physically and mentally be that character. It's the most challenging criteria for any actor. Personally I think it's what separates an average performance from a great performance, the kind that stays in your memory and touches your heart or soul.
I created this website to show the positives and negatives when pursuing such a career. Hopefully it inspires others to believe in themselves to become what they always dreamed of. Nothing is easy in life and sometimes you have to sacrifice everything to do what you believe in. People tend to take the route of least resistance and unfortunately many merely exist as a result. Nobody wants to fail in life, but by failing, you become stronger and better equipped on your journey. As soon as you give in to your fear of failure, you give up your hopes and dreams.
I hope you enjoy this website and join me on my journey, through the laughter and tears. There was something said to me many years ago that will always stick with me and it's this, "Despite it's broken dreams, it's still a beautiful world!"