Markos has over 15 years of collective experience as a professional voice talent, singer, and actor. Though acclimated to performing in grand venues like the Metropolitan Opera House of New York City and numerous Royal Caribbean cruise ships, Markos’ attention to detail and persistent pursuit of authenticity allow him to deliver performances in the recording booth and on the stage that fulfill his clients’ expectations time and time again.
As a Jersey boy and beloved son to Greek and Italian parents, Markos learned from a young age how to connect with people through performance. Song and dance are integral traditions of Markos’ Mediterranean heritage, and it was this foundation from his local community that facilitated his budding growth as an artist. Little did he know that his humble hometown beginnings would lead to extravagant productions at world-renowned venues far sooner than he ever could have imagined.
The formative pre-teen years were where Markos found his passion for choral singing and instrumental arts. He continued developing his skills as a pianist while also picking up the saxophone. His most noteworthy commitment at that time was performing in the Children’s Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House of New York City. Markos’ experience of performing in timeless operas like La Bohème, Turandot, and Carmen for over five years was the keystone that solidified and nurtured his appreciation for classical voice and acting technique.
High school served as the proving grounds where Markos challenged his vocal and artistic ability by auditioning for every honor choir possible, as well as the theatre company’s creatively demanding dramatic and musical productions. He would go on to be accepted into every choir and theatrical production he auditioned for, earning himself the top rank in honor choirs, the NJ Governors Award, and leading roles in school productions on multiple occasions.
Markos’ college days as a Vocal Performance student at Westminster Choir College were filled with endless creation and wonder. It was at Westminster that he began honing his finer vocal techniques, with emphasis on proper diction and empathetically appropriate annunciation. Spending a semester studying Musical Theatre at Westminster College of the Arts’ primary campus also granted Markos the opportunity to further shape himself as a vocal and physical performer through enlightening acting classes, rigorous dance classes, and valuable vocal coaching. Markos’ time at Westminster concluded earlier than expected after he accepted a casting offer from Royal Caribbean Productions to be a lead Featured Singer aboard the Jewel of the Seas cruise ship.
After performing around the Caribbean and interacting with various people and cultures from around the world, Markos returned home with a hunger for researching how to better himself and the living conditions of others on this beautiful planet. He delved into numerous topics like plant-based nutrition and holistic living, as well as investigating local causes by volunteering for a local food co-op and avian rescue shelter. Markos also continued to experiment and develop his acting skills by taking classes at The Barrow Group in NYC and by lending his talents to community productions throughout central New Jersey.
Two years had passed since Markos’ debut voyage around the Caribbean, and he was ready to set sail aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Mariner of the Seas” after having spent those two years on land further developing his craft and his overall being. This time his vocal performance career would take him to the other side of the world, performing in wondrous countries like China, Singapore, Japan, and many other locales along the East Asian coast. It was on this voyage that Markos’ appreciation for East Asian culture and philosophy influenced his decision to take a step back from the spotlight and journey inward to find out what he truly desired for his career as a performer.
Lo and behold, Markos found the epiphany he sought in a celestial sunset at the end of an emotionally moving day that included visits to the Atomic Bomb Museum, Peace Park, and Mt. Inasa observatory in Nagasaki, Japan. It was in that pivotal sunset that Markos knew exactly what he wanted to be: a voice of peace that can bring people from all walks of life closer together in understanding through the performing arts.
Upon returning home from his East Asian voyage, Markos investigated different mediums of vocal performance and found the realm of voiceover to be another outlet where he could apply his skills. He sought out the experts at the Edge Studio in NYC and trained with voice-over veterans Noelle Romano, Dan Friedman, and Joe Loesch to establish himself as a dependable voice actor. Today, Markos enjoys consistent training in multiple realms of performance in order to continuously enhance his craft and stay up to date with the latest industry practices.