Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Nancarrow.
Jordan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, I really got started with everything in high school. I just so happened to pass by and chat with a drama teacher in the hallway and then next thing you know, she likes my personality and wants me to be in her show. It was just background at the time for a play called Man of La Mancha, but the experience was pretty cool. Then as the years went by, I started booking more shows as leads in productions like A midsummer’s Night Dream, Hairspray, & West Side Story.
After I graduated high school, I ended up auditioning for a film that I ended up booking off of a website, which is where I made my first connection to be introduced to a talent agent. I then was blessed to be represented and be with that agency for a solid five years and that’s how I really got my career started.
As I’ve been navigating through my career, I’ve become wiser as to what classes are going to help benefit me and my career, because if you take a class that won’t do you any good or you’ve already taken multiple times, that might not get you as far. Not going to lie, I really wanted to quit about four times and told myself that I’m just going to pursue the psychology degree that I got instead, but my intuition was screaming not to and I got over that quickly.
I’ve gained a lot of emotional intelligence and mental strength being in this career path because it really does build you tough skin. I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man! So I treat myself as the business which is where I’ve gotten where I’m at today.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh man, it’s been more like a rollercoaster. Everybody’s journeys are different. When you’re first starting out, it’s hard. Plain and simple. It’s pretty stagnant income and unlike a job when it’s guaranteed, you’re still going to want to keep it. Trust me: Do not quit your job to pursue your dream when you first start out. Yes, the vision is super exciting to think about, but you want to keep that job to support your dream if that makes sense? Just make sure it’s flexible, like a server job, or maybe a virtual assistant. Anyway, other than thinking about the bigger picture, it feels amazing to understand the process you went through to get to that point. This is why I love what I do. You start understanding the ropes, you start learning what equipment might be better for your self-tapes, you start understanding the fundamentals of naturality in front of the camera, and start meeting new people who can help get to point A, to point B.
The challenges are scary, and the obstacles are going to make you feel like you’re not good enough, but that’s why they’re there – they’re only bettering you and you don’t even know it, and that’s how you become part of the small percentage of working performers who actually get work.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Since I pursue a career in film & television, I like to say “I am” the business and CEO of Jordan Nancarrow. Okay, I can just say I’m an actor. But really, I am the product of my business if you think about it! As of currently, I am a talk show host for a new network called Infecting Change Television, I also just wrapped a feature film called Mind Over Max that’s going to be amazing and you all should tune into that. Other than that, I guess you can say I specialize in on-camera presentation? Is that even a term? It sounds like it so I’ll just go with that.
I feel like as a business, I know there’s still so much more to accomplish. My business is really just starting to take off, but I’d say I’m most proud of my self-discipline. It’s so easy to just sit back and maybe play some call of duty or go do something non-productive, but I’m glad I kept my vision focused on what needs to be done as I’m still going with that today.
I believe what sets me apart from most is prioritizing my time on the craft. Let me tell you: the entertainment industry is much more than just “acting in front of a camera.” There’s a whole business side of it people don’t acknowledge much – networking, building relationships, updating their reels, and if you say you don’t have footage, well there are companies in LA that you can go to that will produce professional scenes for you with a fee. I’m just willing to sacrifice my time more than others and I feel that’s how I differentiate.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
So outside of entertainment, a few years ago I started diving into the world of Digital Marketing. I’ve learned so much about this field and the whole aspect of how business functions and do what they do. When I was twenty-two, I came across a mentor that I met through networking in San Diego that involved life insurance. I know, a twenty-two year old who wants to get into life insurance? Get out of here. My head wasn’t in the right space and all I thought at that time was money, money, money, and how do I get that money fast. Not very knowledgeable in finances at that time either. His name is Quy by the way, and this man taught me so much life. He taught me how to build relationships with people and to understand that when those connections are built to become a friendship with trust, the money will come and to be patient.
I never got into this field because I never desired it, but I left with a bigger purpose that’s helped me get to the next level in life. Thank you, Quy.
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