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Meet Trailblazer Chelsea Jordan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Jordan.

Chelsea, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve always loved telling stories. I remember riding the bus in grade school and telling kids the gory details of “Scream,” which I had watched the night prior. Definitely inappropriate for that age, but I loved evoking emotions in others. I joined the UIL Storytelling team in 5th grade and I was kind of off to the races after that. Though, it wasn’t until college that I realized this was something I could pursue a living.

I studied Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin to learn as much as I could about the filmmaking process. Not too long after I moved to Los Angeles from Texas, I got a gig as an assistant editor at a trailer house. It was fascinating to do that kind of work, but by the end of the year, I knew I wanted to leave to act full time. So, I took a leap of faith and left, and that decision has led to some pretty great projects.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been an easy road thus far. But, despite the difficulties that come along with that, like the rejection and heartache, I’m coming to terms with the beauty of perseverance and how strong I am. You’ve got to enjoy every part of the journey. You’ve got to enjoy being in the thick of it, or you’re just going to go mad.

One thing I’m learning to trust more is my gut instinct. If I want to do a project or reach out to someone or write my own material, then I do it. On the flip side, if a project doesn’t resonate it’s okay to say no, and something better will follow.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am always seeking unique projects that depict what it is to be human. The light and the dark. It’s all so fascinating. I actually thought I might study psychology in college for a bit because I’m so interested in the mind and how it affects behavior.

Currently, you can see me in the thriller “Herringbone,” which is on the festival circuit. That film was such a labor of love and there were so many amazing creatives who came together to make it happen. I’m forever grateful to our director Gene du Plessis and producer Bianca Fortin. The film has screened at 12 festivals so far this year in California, New York, Amsterdam, England, and France winning many awards and will be heading to the London International Motion Picture Awards next.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
The opportunities are endless. I mean, the women I know are all so courageous, kind, intelligent, and thoughtful. What field wouldn’t benefit from having a woman at the forefront? My mom, the most fierce woman I know, worked her way up in a Fortune 500 company over two decades. She’s a woman who runs her own thriving business. A woman who gave me everything while being a single mother for a good part of my childhood. She didn’t wait for an opportunity to be handed to her, she created her own.

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Image Credit:
Dana Patrick, Eugene du Plessis, Feli Yang

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