|About Isaiah K. John
|November 16, 1995 Atlanta, Georgia
|5 feet 8 inches
|Racquel John, Ivan John
|Los Angeles, California
|Snowfall, All Day and a Night
Isaiah K. John has impressed us with his acting prowess in some popular titles. And now he’s building his resume even more with the Netflix original, All Day and a Night. The talented young actor joins an incredible cast that includes Ashton Sanders of Moonlight, the award-winning Jeffrey Wright, and DC villain Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. But John is not someone who gets lost in the background. He’s proven he can stand out among his peers. So, we’ve got Isaiah K. John’s wiki for everything you need to know about this rising star.
Isaiah K. John Is from Atlanta
Isaiah K. John, born on November 16, 1995, is a product of Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, Pamela John, raised Isaiah, his sister Racquel, and his brother, Ivan, in Atlanta.
The whole family is involved in the entertainment industry. According to one Twitter user, NYC-born and bred Pamela used to be a rapper. Racquel John is an actress who got into showbiz when she was accompanying Isaiah on an audition. And Ivan is a stuntman.
Isaiah wanted to be an actor since a young age. He and Racquel used to put on performances for the family when he was 13. His acting pursuits brought him to Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
John Got His Big Break in Snowfall
Though Isaiah John caught the acting bug when he was a teen, it took him a year to convince his mother to let him pursue it as a profession.
“She didn’t think I would actually go through with it because I would only act for her and my father,” he said.
John proved he had it in him to become an actor when he booked his first gig in a short student film, No Way Out, at 14 years old without any formal training. That first job was the motivation the teen needed to take up acting classes and study acting techniques by watching TV and movies.
When he was older, John expanded his technical knowledge by working on sets as a production assistant. His determination landed him guest spots on TV and minor roles in films, until John found his first major role alongside Boris Kodjoe in the feature film, Downsized.
But his breakout role came in FX’s Snowfall as Leon Simmons. The John Singleton production was set in the ‘80s, where Leon is the best friend of Franklin, a drug dealer and aspiring entrepreneur.
Seven years of struggle to become an actor made it possible for John to relate Leon’s struggles. As for the time-frame, he consulted his mother to get into the ‘80s vibe!
John Worked Lots of Odd Jobs
Before Snowfall proved Isaiah K. John has the makings to be one of the finest actors of his generation, he spent seven years looking for that role that would get him noticed. In the years of struggle, he took on a lot of jobs to make ends meet.
John worked as a janitor at a gym, because the job gave him flexibility in his schedule. His previous jobs made it difficult to balance acting gig with jobs that paid the bills.
“For my janitor job, I would wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning and I would be done in four or five hours. So it was just very flexible. I had the rest of my day to do whatever I had to do when it came to acting. Even after I booked the Barbershop 3 role, I was only on set for a day and the next morning, I was back to cleaning bathrooms. So the money wasn’t there [with acting]. [The janitor job] was just enough to sustain the little responsibility that I had. So that’s why I chose to stick with the janitor job and it worked out perfectly fine. They understood that I was an actor and they were really excited when I booked Snowfall. They weren’t upset,” recalled John.