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Rising Stars: Meet Jordan Jarnagin

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

Hi Jordan, 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 loved learning and sharing ideas with others, which is at the base of almost everything I do – Engineering, Rock Climbing, even Cycling. In terms of the spoken word, I have looked for interesting conversations since I was small. From things like pondering the meaning of life during the long bus rides to and from band competitions, hosting bonfires to bring people together and talk, and many open mic nights, I seek out places to engage with people to share ideas and learn from one another. When I moved back to SoCal from Seattle in 2018, A good friend of mine was organizing a series of community classes to give artists a chance to share their craft off of the stage. with his help, I launched a monthly workshop called P.a.C.T. (Philosophy and Critical Thinking) as a way to bring together the diverse members of the community and try to look at things in new ways. P.a.C.T. expanded to include monthly community discussions at a bookstore, an Instagram Live Talk Show called Reality Chat, and the Perspectal Podcast. The Point of P.a.C.T. was to provide spaces for thinking and sharing ideas with others freely, whether or not your thoughts were popular. The different styles of event were meant to meet different people where they were at – public discussion for those comfortable sharing openly, a Talk Show to model real unscripted conversation (including disagreement!), and a Podcast meant to share one idea each episode to spark thought and encourage future conversations. Since the Pandemic, the live events have temporarily stopped (I cannot wait to start up again!), but a new episode of the Perspectal Podcast posts every Friday at noon PST. One of my favorite things to work on during the Week, the Perspectal podcasts is an opportunity to Explore new thoughts, Connect ideas, and Offer perspectives that may change the way you think about a thing or two.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I would love to say that the journey has been all roses and butterflies, but the reality is that my interest in sharing thoughts is more often met with rejection than acceptance. The main reason I started PaCT was because I could not find any places to go where I could talk openly and share ideas, so I decided to create one. I remember being envious to pitch the idea of a philosophy class to my friend that was creating spaces for artists to teach, and so I went to go get advice from someone I respect a lot. His response was that philosophy is a product nobody wants to buy and I would be much better off packaging it as rapping or poetry. That was super discouraging, but in the end I wanted to share ideas and let others know that having different thoughts is OK, so I went forward with PaCT. There were events where I drove 2 hours and only one person showed up, but I looked at that as an opportunity for a more intimate conversation than anything else.

When the Pandemic started, I made a decision not to continue with live events until the pandemic ended and switched to online Zoom events, which worked out decently but were not the same as in person. The change of pace that the Quarantine caused in my life caused me to take a break from projects and focus on my mental/physical health for almost six months, at which time I discontinued Zoom meetings to resume when the Quarantine was over. Most people do not care when I tell them about my podcast on philosophy, but I figure everything is not for everyone. I love contributing to PaCT and doing Podcasts and will be continuing regardless of fame and popularity. And for the people that do listen and come to events, I know that the experience has enriched their lives or help them put words to something that was hard to explain before.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a Project Engineer in the aerospace industry. One of the amazing things about the world is that everything on the shelf at every store was made by someone, sometimes by hand. One of my favorite shows growing up was “How it’s Made,” and now what I do for work is take an idea and figure out not only how to make one, but how to make dozens, and sometimes hundreds of copies that are all identical. Who is going to do what, which supplies are needed, designing custom tools, figuring out the build process and writing the instructions out, and working with my team to face the daily challenges of life that get in the way of making a project successful are all parts of what I do on a regular basis for work. Talking with different people with different skills, being the understanding translator between different industries, all while considering things like schedule and budget can be hectic, but I find it a rare opportunity to work with others to figure out solutions to interesting problems, and at the end of the day hold something in your hands that started as a drawing on some paper.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I love to work with people, and recently I have been doing collaborations with other podcasts as a guest. I do my best to promote free thinking and sharing of ideas, and if anyone has an opportunity that they think I can contribute to, I welcome them to contact me. The online talk show I run emphasizes conversations with everyday people, so people are welcome to ask me if they can be on the show. If you want to get in touch with me, message me on Instagram, @Jordantremaine_ or email me at jordantremaine3@gmail.com For support, I am always looking for volunteers to help run events (when the pandemic is over!), and there is a Patreon Link on my website, Jordantremaine.com.

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