Meet keynote speaker, actor, director, public speaking coach, and Vancouver Presents contributor, David C Jones.

Meet keynote speaker, actor, director, public speaking coach, and Vancouver Presents contributor, David C Jones.

In our continuing special holiday series featuring the contributors at Vancouver Presents, we meet another of our theatre specialists, David C Jones.

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Meet David C Jones

David is an keynote speaker, actor, director, and public speaking coach. A graduate of Studio 58 and a teacher at Vancouver Film School he also works as an emcee, auctioneer, and corporate comedian. David has created thirteen short films, produced and hosted a television series, as well as television special. He was the entertainment manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He has been recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40, and is the recipient of the Vancouver Pride Society’s Pride Legacy Award, and the City of Vancouver Award of Excellence.

20 Questions with David C Jones

1. Your first job.

I was a newspaper carrier.

2. The job you always wanted as a child?

An actor.

3. Your pet peeve.

People who lie and take things from you.

4. Your hero.

I have a lot of people, both local and global, I admire and wish to emulate, but if I have to pick one I would say 1920’s film actor William Haines.

5. Your biggest indulgence.

I don’t indulge in a lot these days. So I guess YouTube videos.

6. One thing no one knows about you.

I sometimes use my umbrella to shield my eyes while I check out guys … pants.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

Music, a friend, and organic sun screen.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

Funny.

9. If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?

I love making things: props, candles, soap, homemade chocolates.

10. Hero or villain?

Hero.

11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

Smile, someone’s looking.

12. Your favourite playwright?

Moiliere. I was so happy I got to direct The Learned Ladies at United Players years ago.

13. The last book you read.

“The Me You Want to Be” by Roger Haskett

14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be?

Opus the Penguin, or Chilly Willy. Some sort of penguin.

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

He meant well.

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Paul Lynde.

17. Your idea of happiness.

Entertaining an audience.

18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty-year-old self?

Go for it. And don’t start smoking (I smoked for ten years or so but have been clean for about 25).

19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

I am proud of being an opportunity provider and for championing inclusion.

20. To be or not to be?

To be.