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A Conversation with Inspiring Artist Jordan Goodsell

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Inspiring Artists Stories

Today we'd like to introduce you to Jordan Goodsell

Current Location: New York, NY

Jordan, thank you for taking the time to share your story. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself?

I grew up in Yorba Linda, CA, immersed in the arts of acting, singing, and piano under my amazing Grandmother, Jill Goodsell. I also grew up playing basketball, coached by my accomplished Father, Rubén Goodsell. Somewhere along the road, Disney actually decided to create a movie about my life called High School Musical. Totally kidding...kind of.

During my middle & high school years, it became clear that performing, acting, and singing were my true passions and what I really wanted to pursue. I went on to obtain a BFA Theatre Performance degree from Chapman University. After graduating, I spent 4 years in Los Angeles building my resume with a New York state of mind. Since July 2019, I have been living in Manhattan and am continuing to work hard to make all of my dreams a reality...and I still shoot hoops from time to time ;).

Can you tell us a little more about what you've been working on recently?

Alongside auditioning and performing as much as I can, I am also the Director of Operations at The Growing Studio in New York City. At TGS, I work with top industry professionals to create relevant programming and opportunities for professional actors worldwide.

The life of a Performing Artist can be challenging, and sometimes the best way to grow is to learn from other people's experiences. Can you tell us about any obstacles or challenges you've faced along your journey?

Living in New York City during the Covid-19 pandemic with my entire industry shut down has definitely been the most relevant and recent large obstacle that I have had to overcome.

What's the best piece of advice you've received?

Be bold.

Walk quietly and carry a big stick.

What would you consider your "proudest" moments?

Being honored as "Best Comedian" at The MACY Awards my senior year of high school. Directing The Taming of the Shrew at Chapman University. Originating the role of Hakujin in the Los Angeles premiere of "Allegiance" starring George Takei. Headlining with the South Coast Symphony. Being a part of the original cast of "Frozen" at Disney California Adventure directed by the iconic Liesl Tommy. Moving to, and living in New York.

What inspires you as an artist?

My dad and my grandma are my two biggest inspirations and are true masters in everything they do. I am so fortunate to have grown up two amazing and accomplished artists in their respective fields.

What role do you think the Arts and Artists play in today's society?

To be relevant and constant. To lead by example in all of our individual communities. To be woke. To be aware. To be honest. To advocate and stand up for what you believe in. To make you think and to challenge the way we all think. To make you feel. To push boundaries. To create conversation and spark debate. To truly express without fear or consequence. To be the leaders in all of the above. It's our responsibility and duty as artists.

Contact Info:

Instagram: @jordan_goodsell

Facebook: /jordantgoodsell

Image Credits:

Xanthe Elbrick

Oliver Almonte

Marc Cartwright

Amanda Beth Lorenzo

Dale Dudeck

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