Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Michael.
Jordan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in a small country town called Marion, IN. Growing up was a little tough mentally, not because of financial problems but because I always knew I was different. Being from a small town and not knowing how to handling or come to the acceptance that you’re gay is really rough. I struggled with accepting all the way into college. After college moving away from home I was finally able to feel free enough to eventually begin coming out to my parents, friends and family. It was the greatest feeling ever like a load was just lifted off my shoulders.
Once I got that out the way it was easier to follow the things I had always dreamt about doing. That being modeling and all things in the fashion/ entertainment world. I always had big city dreams but never had the confidence to just go for them. I grew up always thinking about what I wanted to do or be but rarely spoke on it ever because of the fear. The things I wanted to do or were interested in just weren’t the normal things people where I’m from grow up to be.
Most people graduate and start working for a factory or a regular 9-5. Me on the other hand wanted to model and live in a BIG city like Los Angeles! I’ve wanted to model since I can remember but I’ve always been scared to step out and just making it happen. It took for me to be invited to my first real fashion show (Ridikulus Kouture) in 2012 to give me the push I needed. I was able to network with skilled models and designers and from there I started traveling to different cities to do fashion shows any chance I got. I didn’t care if it was a big production or something in a local mall. For me it was all good practice for me to get practice and meet more models.
I went to college and after I worked about a year I moved to Arizona with family to be closer to LA. That was because I still had a little more confidence and believing in myself to deal with before I made the big move here to LA. After a year in Arizona, I made the move to LA having no family or friends here to lean on. I’ve now been here five years and I don’t regret a single thing. I’ve met so many great people and have worked jobs I could have only dreamt of in Indiana. I’m now currently working on pushing out some J.Michael winter merch and can’t wait to see what people think. I also work as a PA on the side and mentor youth in south central with a organization called Engage The Vision. I feel in this city you can do whatever you heart desires. I tell everyone I meet do what you love and you’ll be happy forever!!
Has it been a smooth road?
Although I love this city there are times that you will be tested. The first thing being the cost of living compared to where ever you’re moving from besides New York! Also, don’t let what you see other people doing make you think you’re not working hard enough. It’s 2019 and people unfortunately do scam. If you compare your life to those people you’ll never feel like you’re doing enough. You’ll never make it here trying to constantly compare your life to others.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about your work?
I will have some new J.Michael merch out by winter. Also I’m going to have some sweat outfits. Looking to do some backpacks and purses also.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I think this city having so many different types of people and personalities you can literally do anything you put your mind to. It’ll take a lot of hard work and sleepless nights, but it’ll all be worth it. Someone somewhere will find what you do as a need and you just follow that and keep pushing your ideas.
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