Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessie Cordell.
Hi Jessie, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I have always been a performer. I would create characters in my mind and act them out as a kid. One time my Aunt caught me with a barrette as a cigarette because I was doing a reenactment of Cruella De’ Ville. My acting career started in Atlanta at community theaters like the Theatre Arts Guild and Center Stage North. Over time I started to grow and I wanted a change, so one day in January 2017, I woke up and decided to take my career to Chicago. I learned a lot out there. It isn’t New York, but it is definitely an animal in its own right. While I was there, I learned that if you really want something you have to just go for it – don’t think about, just do it, if you overthink it, it will never get done. With this mindset, I was able to achieve one of the scariest yet most reaffirming moments of my life when I performed at Goodman Theater in downtown Chicago. It was the moment I truly believed that I could thrive in this field. I moved back to Atlanta for a while to regroup and plan my next move. I contemplated where I wanted to go and I decided on Los Angeles. It’s a performers dream. You can literally do anything and you will find a group of people that will love and support you, and the weather isn’t half bad. I am super excited for this next roller coaster.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It was definitely not an easy road, but if someone chooses to take the performer route then they have to be prepared for those hard days. As long as you have the drive and you have your goal in sight, then those hard days don’t seem so bad. The reward means a lot more when you know you fought. Not saying I want to fight everyday, but I take the obstacles as they come.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have been in theater for most of my career, and I find little moments that I cherish when I play a character. However, I love playing off the wall characters, it gives me room to play and discover new things. Now do not get me wrong, I love playing poised characters, but when you play someone unhinged or comedic there are no rules.
I think I am most proud of my ability to not give up and my ability to go where ever my heart tells me to go.
What sets me apart from others is the fact that I don’t let a lot of things bother me anymore, so my stress meter is fairly low. Haha! I guess I am that way because I believe if you did your part, it will work itself out.
The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Life is short, so go for what you want. There is never a right time, so start doing it now.
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- Website: jessiecordell.com
- Instagram: @jessie_cordell