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Friday, 15 November 2019

Interview with Ingrid Jordan- Actor and Executive Producer of Atlanta

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My latest chat is with Ingrid Jordan of Atlanta is an award-winning actress and has been acting for seventeen years. She was inspired to act by one of my favorite actors of all time.  She also loves to cut the rug on the dance floor too. Learn more about her and who she looks up to in the entertainment industry. 

Introducing Ingrid...

What do you love about your life right now?
I love the fact that I have the freedom to create my own content under my production company F.O.F (Faith Over Fear) Productions, LLC.

Was there a particular actor or film that inspired you to act?
One particular actor who inspired me to act was Paul Walker. As far as a film that inspired me to act was The Fast and the Furious starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.

Before you fell in love with acting, I understand that you became a student of learning a second language: Español/Spanish as well as learning the dialects. I myself am trying to learn it as a second language. How were you inspired to embrace a second language and how does it help with booking other roles in films and television?
 I embraced a second language when I moved to Atlanta, GA. I was introduced to Latin culture. I made a lot of Latin friends in the process and in return, I picked up on their language and taught myself along with watching telenovelas. 
It helps with booking roles because I am more diverse. This allows me to have more opportunities in the acting industry.

How long have you been acting?
My love for acting initially started when I was 6 years old in a play called The Nutcracker. I took a huge break from acting to focus more on my education. Then at the age of 13, I had my first audition.  I have been on this incredible journey for 17 years.  

What have been some of the challenges of acting and the joys?
The main challenges of acting were getting an agent and having an eye disease called Keratoconus, makes it difficult at times to read scripts. The joy of acting is tapping into other people’s worlds.

You’ve been in the hit series ATL Homicide as Cassie Ford, what did you enjoy about playing that particular character?
Portraying the role of Cassie Ford on ATL Homicide made me feel like a tough badass I enjoyed it, but I had to keep in mind, as an actor, we want to portray someone’s real-life accurately.

Overall, how was your experience on the show?
The show was great. It was definitely, an eye-opening experience acting out someone’s life.

How do you prepare for the roles that you auditioned for as well as booked?
 To prepare for the roles that I auditioned for, I read the script 3 times in a regular tone. Then I proceed to do a script analysis to breakdown my characters overall objective. 

Do you prefer a particular genre of film or TV show to act in?
Drama and action is my preferred/primary genres. When it comes to a preference to act in a TV show How to Get Away with Murder takes the cake.

From what I’ve read, you can transition from comedy to drama to suspense as well as thriller all in one take. Curious, how do you do that?
My training from my acting coach, Jonna Johnson, is designed to transition your acting from your personal pre circumstances, which allows me to expose my true life through a script.

Sandra Bullock said, “You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day because it changes the way you walk.” What do you think about that quote and how it might apply it to acting?
Basically, you have to stay ready to be ready and keep honing your craft daily. Success is when opportunity meets preparation.

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Now, recently you are co-creator, executive producer, casting director, and co-director of Un-Bowed which I understand will be a directorial debut for you. What are you enjoying about the directing?
I’m grateful for Executive producing my first featured film Un-Bowed, loosely based on my life story. However, I wouldn’t necessarily call this my directorial debut. I only directed two scenes, unfortunately. Directing my own film fully is most definitely on my future vision board.

You’re also are going to be in the film as well as Riley Carter. What is Un-Bowed about?
Un-Bowed is an inspirational drama based on a true story. It’s the story of a young Atlanta teen that is currently carrying the world on her shoulders – who’s just about to give up. But she finds hope when she least expects it in having faith in God.

What are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on a recurring role on a new web series called The Next Assignment.

Is there any advice that you wish you knew before you started this journey of acting?
To take acting classes as a child.

What’s the best advice that you’ve been given in life?
The best advice I have been given in life is, “You have one life to live, go for it all. Take the risk while you’re still dreaming.”

Who do you look up in the entertainment industry?
Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay, Tyler Perry, Shonda Rhimes, and Courtney Kemp.

Do you have a dream role and director that you would like to work with?
My dream role is to be a part of the Marvel Universe and play a superhero. Directors, I have several favorites: Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Jordan Peele, and Michael Bay.

I share motivational and inspirational quotes with my readers, do you have one that has inspired you during difficult times?
“Without commitment, you’ll never start, but more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.” – Denzel Washington

Tell me three fun facts about you.
1.       I have my Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems, a minor of Computer Forensics. I graduated top of my class as Magna Cum Laude.
2.       I absolutely love to dance. I can watch dance videos all day long. I always wanted to be a hip-hop dancer and train with Matt Steffanina.
3.       My favorite sport is soccer and played position defense attacker.

Describe yourself in one word.

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