We recently gained Jordan as a valued Artist on the Mac & Jeal books. Jordan was a stand-out applicant due to his drive, talent and commitment to his future as an actor. We asked Jordan to answer a few questions for you to get to know him, or play this video to hear from him directly.
When did you realise you wanted to be an actor?
After writing and filming social media short clips, I gained a following, and I realised that performing and telling stories through film was something that really interested me. I’d say it was around 17-18 I started taking it more seriously.
How was it training to be an actor, gaining credits and working full time as an electrician?
It was tough, actually it was really tough. I knew I had a full time job to do, which I loved, but I would always sneak off-site to auditions, or have to leave early to get the train to my workshops. I’m just thankful that I had understanding supervisors, that not only saw potential but wanted me to grab any and all opportunities I was given.
Getting credits was the hard part, because as an actor just starting out with not much under his belt CDs essentially take a risk on casting you. Again, I was just lucky that I got to meet like minded people that can see potential in somebody and decide to work with you.
That is a huge career change, when did you make the decision?
This is a tricky one!
As with the first question it was around 17/18 I knew I wanted to make the career change, but at that time I was still an Apprentice. My parents wanted to make sure I finished my qualifications as an electrician before making the drastic jump. It wasn’t until 2018 I quit my job as an on-site electrician - which was very demanding - and I moved to a more flexible job. Still in the same industry but it was much more flexible for me, which meant i was able to audition and train.
“Show your hunger, somebody will see it and feed you!”
What have been the highs and lows so far?
The highs of my career so far has been gaining representation. That is the hardest part, finding the right person for you, who sees the potential and is willing to work with you. See your growth, further development opportunities and success in such a difficult industry to not only get into, but succeed in.
I haven’t actually had any real “lows” at the moment, apart from being told 'no' after auditions, but that’s all part of it right? I know I won’t get everything I audition for and I know it’ll possibly take a long time to catch that real big break. I’m realistic about these things, I don’t see these as lows, I see them as lessons and a way to develop myself further.
What was your training like at Middleweek Newton Academy?
What else can I say apart from brilliant?
I enjoyed every week of training. Every week I would gain more knowledge and experience, taught by industry professionals. We would practise scene after scene and get great feedback from our performances. The groups were fairly sized so tutors had the time to give great feedback and help. I would highly recommend this training academy to anybody, who like me, can’t get full time training.
I’ve had a lot of time to think, and when I have a clear headspace a lot of ideas come to mind and I think 'oh, that could work for a film'
Who most inspires you in the industry at the moment?
Noel Clarke, every time I’m asked this question, he is the first person that comes to my head, and people always reply with 'why him? Why not denzel Washington?' etc etc. I always say Noel Clarke, because I feel like we have the same kind of background, especially in his early days. Just a kid that wanted to create and tell stories through film. He took the plunge and now look, he’s written and featured in the three most successful urban films in the UK, and he now has his own production company and 2 successful television series. As a person to me, he's a great example of where hunger, and perseverance can get you.
Do you have any advice for others who may be thinking about becoming an actor?
My main piece of advice would be to do as much research as possible!
Think about it and make sure it’s something you really want to do. Because acting, yes it can be a hobby, but if you’re looking to take it seriously and do it full time, do it with 100%. Do not just do it for the money or potential notoriety that comes with it, do it because you love it and have a passion for it. Also it hurts to say, but be prepared to be out of work! You won’t get everything you audition for, and opportunities don’t just come knocking on your door. Some advice I was told by another actor was “Show your hunger, somebody will see it and feed you!”
What do you like about being with Mac & Jeal so far?
The short time I’ve been with Mac & Jeal has been great so far!
I always have somebody to contact, Sandy and the rest of the team have been great and I can already see it’s going to be an amazing journey. I’m just very excited to see where 2020 and the future takes us.
How have you been keeping your skills on point whilst social distancing?
I’ve been writing a short film, I’ve had a lot of time to think, and when I have a clear headspace a lot of ideas come to mind and I think 'oh, that could work for a film' so I’m currently working on that and hopefully I’ll push it in front of some contacts and see if I can get this made!
Thank you for reading this interview with our brand new talent, Jordan Lewis. Whilst the world is in lock-down, you'll be hearing from a range of actors on our books as an insight into this complex and ceaselessly exciting industry.
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