John David Hartfield grew up in a small town in central Ohio where his thirst for acting and storytelling were nurtured. At the age of 5, John stunned his parents by sitting down at a piano and playing the high school anthem - a tune he had heard only one time.
From that moment on, John showed unique talents in the areas of music and drama that led him to perform in local venues with his music abilities as well as acting in regional film and television commercials during his high school years.
John came west to California after being accepted into the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His years at the academy helped to form his love of acting and he later attended UCLA where he studied Film and Television Production.
After college, John began seeking work as an actor. He was cast in several small roles both in television and film before beginning studies with acclaimed coaches such as Julie Ariola and Brian Riese.
Being challenged to not only sharpen his acting abilities, but also his writing talents, John co-authored and acted in many original stage productions. This experience fueled his desire to write his own material for the big screen so that he could tell stories that mattered to him.
His first foray into cinema was the award-winning short film, HOMECOMING, which follows a family as it deals with death and the aftermath. Additionally, John created the original web series, BLUETOOTH BALLS, the TV pilot CONTINGENCY, along with feature films, THE MEMBER AND ME, WAYSIDE WONDER DAYS and THE BUTTONHOLE MAKER.
John has developed and written several television pilots including: BRADLEY, a psychological thriller set in the early 1990s; AMERICAN WAY, an opioid drama set in the Midwest and SOUL OF BEDLAM, a post-apocalyptic look at Los Angeles following a massive earthquake and subsequent military invasion by China.