I was born and raised in Watford which, although a rather characterless place, is just a short drive from England's wonderful capital city, London. One of the most important cultural destinations in the world. I don't think anyone is surprised by how much I love acting because I've always enjoyed taking centre stage. Imagining outrageous scenarios has always been one of my favourite pastimes - walking and talking just made creating characters easier. Epic plots were a speciality, often one where I escape heroically (with damsel clutched passionately against my tremendously muscular chest), from yet another incredibly dangerous predicament. The only subject I really enjoyed at school was drama. I was mischievous most of the time but drama was my saving grace. I concentrated during drama lessons. I was 'in the zone'. I can still remember how I felt at big moments. Like Tony Montana in Scarface - the world was mine. I was ready to act. One of the final pieces I studied during my GCSE was based on the film, Drop Dead Fred. The late Rik Mayall was one of my favourite comedians and I was obsessed by the film.
I can't remember what grade I achieved but it was the only decent result and that made my decision easier. I was going to be an actor. Dad may have wanted me to be a mechanic or persue a career that involved cars but mum, like most mothers, just wanted me to be happy at work. I chose acting and have been broke ever since. I may not have chosen wisely in financial terms but I've never regretted that decision. I had a dream and my passion is so strong that failure isn't an option.
Acting fulfills me and that's more important that anything else. Sadly, college proved quite disappointing. I don't feel I learned much whilst there and probably picked up more tips about acting whilst watching Ashley Young diving (again!) on the football field. Nevertheless, it wasn't all bad because it was there that I learned how important networking can be. I was encouraged to join a drama group and that led, as if by pure magic, into the world of Harry Potter. Working on such a highly acclaimed franchise was an amazing experience and I appeared in The Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, parts 1 and 2. It was an invaluable experience as I learned so much about the industry I'd joined. It was my first experience of camera work apart from some rather nauseating attempts with a webcam in my bedroom (practising facial expressions and nothing else, obviously). I was extremely grateful to be involved in these wonderful films and soaked up the whole experience like a sponge. Extras may spend most of their time chatting about who's had the longest time in front of the camera (plus napping, eating and waiting) but we also know that, when you get your moment on set, you really are living the dream. Those fleeting minutes with my character (one with a realistic backstory of my own creation) were precious and linger long in my memory.
After the immense excitement of Harry Potter, college was a bit of an anticlimax. I completed the course but felt utterly bereft. I wanted more! Acting was the fix I needed to feel alive. I joined an agency that specialised in extras and, between the jobs that this generated, honed my skills at acting classes. It was at this point that I decided to raise my game. I checked out a few agencies and was asked to audition. They liked me. I was accepted. I, finally, had an agent. My agent has helped me gain more experience in a number of areas including commercials, films and the theatre. A real highlight was working with Jessie J as one of her ‘dancers’. I have rhythm but no training so this was quite a novelty but one I enjoyed. One aspect of acting I relish is accents. I find them fascinating and am always testing my vocal chords especially when I meet someone with an interesting voice. Some have said I have a natural talent and I hope this is true. I particularly enjoy speaking with a South African and Australian accent (and not only when inebriated!) Now a few descriptive words about me, Vinnie, as requested from the people that know me best. These are a few of the adjectives they chose - charismatic, vibrant, friendly, committed, hands-on, hard-working and loyal. And, as I always support my friends, how can I possibly disagree. Perhaps, if we meet one day on a production, you can add, delete or underline those you think most suitable.
The first episode to the successful failures to self taping. The pain all is Actors go through during self tapes.
Episode 1.5 - Fluffing Up
Episode 2 - What The Fluff
THE ETERNAL EMPIRE crushes both the Jedi and Sith alike in their conquest of the galaxy. SENYA TIRALL, the weary knight and former wife to the IMMORTAL EMPEROR VALKORION, seeks out traitors on the far edges of space. Far away are her twin sons, ARCANN and THEXAN, leading the conquest, whilst her powerful daughter VAYLIN has been locked up in a distant place…
With the world slowly engaging in a global conflict, former journalist Bradley Lens finds himself lost in search for a way to make a difference any way he can, despite the hope for survival fading fast.
A short voice clip from 'SandCastle' as the character Bradley Lens a former Journalist gives his opinion on how he see's the world turning.