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EP 127: Jordan Fife Hunt (autogenerated)

[00:00:00] Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it episode 127. Yeah. Okay, let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Jordan five hunt. Are you ready for this Jordan?

[00:00:14]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:00:14] Yes, I am.

[00:00:15] Dane Reis: [00:00:15] Alrighty, . Jordan is a performing artist based out of New York city. Most recently, you would have seen him in the new off Broadway musical emoji land playing dancing man, or heard his voice on the emoji land original cast album.

[00:00:31] He is also in the independent dance film scenario that is currently streaming on Broadway HD. Jordan was an original cast member. It’s captain in suicide. SCA a new musical by  richard Maltby jr. David Shire and LeBeau M and it’s world premiere production in Toronto, where he worked with luminary choreographer.

[00:00:52] Graziella Daniele. Jordan was also a cast member and dance captain in the gun, three theaters, ground breaking production of West side story. He would also like to let you know that he drinks way too much coffee. That is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but yeah. Why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself and a little, a little, a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.

[00:01:21]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:01:21] well, I’d be happy to do that. So as you said, my name is Jordan five hunt, and I’m originally from Washington DC. Our nation’s Capitol. Um, I mostly grew up in Houston, Texas, so that’s what I really consider to be my hometown, even though I’m an East coaster through and through. And yeah, I live in New York city.

[00:01:40] I’ve lived there for the past 12 years and I love it. I’m a performer primarily, and I do musical theater and a lot of dance based work dance is my first love. And it’s what led me to discover my love, singing and acting, and also choreography and songwriting. So that about sums it up. Those are all of my passions as a profession in the entertainment industry.

[00:02:02] Dane Reis: [00:02:02] Beautiful. Well, let’s move into our first section here in Jordan. Look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote? You’d like to share with everyone?

[00:02:13]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:02:13] I have way too many quotes to choose one favorite. But my current favorite quote is from Marianne Williamson and she says you can’t have the future you want until you’re willing to clean up your past.

[00:02:26] Dane Reis: [00:02:27] and can you expand on that a bit?

[00:02:29]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:02:29] Yeah, of course. So, um, you know, it’s a, it’s a spiritual concept of the past leading into the present and the present leading into the future. And, um, you know, it’s about planting the seed and letting it grow, whatever seed you plant will grow. So, um, you also need to go back and. Look at the seats that you have planted and, and seeing what’s growing now, which is where you are in the present.

[00:02:51] So when the pandemic hit, it became very clear that we weren’t going to be going back to work quickly. And I felt a very strong call to do some inner work. All of a sudden I had all this time on my hands and I wanted to make use of it. And this quote really resonated with me. You know, you can’t have the future you want until.

[00:03:12]You’re willing to clean up your past. And I wanted to use all this time that I had to clean house, rather than trying to, to push for whatever results I could push for during this lockdown and during this pause. So yeah, I did a lot of recommitting. I recommitted to my meditation practice. I recommitted to my journaling.

[00:03:33] I recommitted to my body and I took some time to ask myself. Where am I now and where do I want to go? And what’s keeping me from getting there. What are the aspects of my path that I need to clean up in order to have the future that I want to have? What are the past versions of me that I’m still holding onto that aren’t going to move me forward.

[00:03:55]And then of course this whole racial justice reckoning happened when George flood was murdered and this racial justice movement really took hold it light. It took to the streets. And again, this whole quote was resonating with me on a, on a huge scale. It was resonating with the country, of course, on a huge scale.

[00:04:14] But with me personally, I felt it was really important that, or rather I really couldn’t ignore. as the biracial black person, how much internalized shame I had, you know, that’s another big part of my identity that I guess would have been good to bring up in my intro, but, um, I’m a biracial black person.

[00:04:31] My mom is black. My dad is white and growing up as a mixed race person in this country, that’s really obsessed with race was a very challenging and confusing thing for me for a lot of my upbringing. I really didn’t think about race that much. And then when I was forced to think about it, It was very much from, um, in respective of needing to fit either.

[00:04:52] You’re a black person, you’re a white person. What are you? How do people see you? Are you black enough, wide enough, et cetera. And I realized that I really didn’t want to move through the world with all those questions anymore. And all of that internalized questioning about, well, am I black enough? Am I white enough?

[00:05:09] Who am I? So. You can’t have the future you want until you’re willing to clean up your past means like what’s the future that you want to move through the world with, for me, Jordan, with regard to my racial identity and the answer to that is I want them move through the world in full ownership of. All of me.

[00:05:28] I want to move through the world in full ownership of being person in a light-skin body of being a white person in a melanated body of, uh, looking the way I do and walking and talking the way I do. And. Being a little masculine, being a little feminine, having long hair, you know, all of the things that make me the unique snowflake of the universe that I am, I want to embrace those things.

[00:05:53] So it’s time to clean up anything. That’s not allowing me to do that.

[00:05:58]Dane Reis: [00:05:58] Oh, that is so good. So well said.  . Thank you for going into that and expanding  It is so important. I think a lot of us have found that this has been a great introspective time , and I think you really just articulated it very well. Cleaning up your past. What are the past versions of you? That you’re not really that happy with, that have been leading into a present self that you’re like, you know what, this is not going to help me achieve the future self that I want to be.

[00:06:22]And, And, and I love that quote because when you initially said it, I immediately thought, Oh, is it mean you’re looking like dwelling on the past and that’s not it at all. It’s just simply having a look at it and seeing what those circumstances have done too.

[00:06:37] Your present and what they will eventually do to your future. I think it’s so good. And you’re right. Us as a country, as a world have really had the opportunity to have this moment to reflect on our past a little bit and to be a bit more introspective on a bigger scale than beyond just ourselves in case of the, the George Floyd, uh, tragedy.

[00:06:58] And.

[00:06:59]I think in a lot of ways, we’ve been very fortunate with this pandemic to have had that time, because my fear is that if the George Floyd tragedy would have happened without COVID happening, it would have just become another new cycle. It was just gone through, it would have happened and it would have just added to the statistics. Which is awful. And now we’ve had an opportunity to really pay attention to it to think about how racial injustice or inequalities affect us as individuals and not just this externalized thing that it’s so much easier to default to.

[00:07:34] Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:07:34] Yes.

[00:07:34] Dane Reis: [00:07:34] I think everything you just said there was so wonderful.

[00:07:37] Thank you.

[00:07:38] Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:07:38] Yes, damn. Well, thank you.  um, . You know, it’s a tragedy, but it’s also, um, kind of amazing that, that, and there’s a blessing to it that it took a pandemic to really, we have the, the racial justice movement that needed to happen. TIG to give it room to happen. Um, Um, because we were all at home. We, we couldn’t go out.

[00:07:58] We were on a lockdown. We, there, there was a feeling of instability. We didn’t know what we were, we were going to do financially. We didn’t know if we were going to be able to return to work. We didn’t know if the relief that we needed was coming. You know, there was all of this uncertainty.

[00:08:13]Um, and then this tragedy, um, happened, this horrible event happened that really made it impossible for the country and the world to, to, you know, stay sitting on the couch. Like we had to take it to the street.

[00:08:27]Dane Reis: [00:08:27] Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. And let’s get into this next section here in Jordan. Of course you are an entertainer, I’m an entertainer. And I think that you would agree that this industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest and personally emotional industries in. Existence and, you know, you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now, it takes a lot of dedication in hard work.

[00:09:00] And while yeah, there’s an outreach, you just amount of fun and excitement being an entertainer. are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges, and failures. We are going to experience and we’re going to have to move forward through. tell us. What is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career?

[00:09:18] And how did you come out the other side better because of it.

[00:09:21]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:09:21] I would say that the biggest challenge if faced so far was my knee injury. So I’m in January of 2017 while I was in rehearsal for  in Toronto. I landed a jump horribly. And my knee hyperextended and twisted at the same time, it was my left knee. And I ended up completely tearing my ACL and doing some really severe damage to my lateral and my medial meniscus as well.

[00:09:52] So I had torn my ACL and then both sides of my knee. Were really damaged. And at first my injury was misdiagnosed when I went to the ER. So, um, they told me it was a sprain. So I was in physical therapy, treating a sprain because that’s what the X rays shown. But, um, what had actually happened was I had torn my ACL.

[00:10:13] So when I finally got an MRI and saw that my ACL was completely severed from my femur, I was. Just devastated. And what I had thought was going to be a six week recovery process turned into a year long recovery process, and I was going to need a really huge surgery, basically a reconstruction of my left knee.

[00:10:35] So of course I had lost my job in the show and I had to pull out. And I was heartbroken and I was also really scared that I wasn’t going to be able to dance again, um, because there’s always a chance that a surgery that’s this big and this invasive is not going to heal to a hundred percent and that I would be left with permanent damage.

[00:10:55]Um, so. You know,  so I left Toronto and I went down to Houston where I’m, you know, where my family is. And, uh, the, the support that I received from my family and my friends was just amazing. And people that I had grown up dancing with, um, you know, connections from high school in Houston, valet and Houston met and all of these amazing places.

[00:11:14] So I had my surgery at Houston Methodist, um, and I was. Referred to the same surgeon by multiple people, um, that were all in my dance world, back from Houston. Um, and so I ended up getting this amazing surgeon, his name’s Patrick McCulloch, and he’s the guy who does, um, all of the orthopedic surgery for Houston ballet and the Houston Astros and the, just all of the big athletic institutions in Houston.

[00:11:41] He’s the go to doctor for all of them. And, um, I also. So like my, my luck would have it, that one of my mom’s good friends, uh, is a hospital chaplain. And she also knew my surgeon. So I had, all of all signs were pointing to the exact right surgeon for me. And then my surgeon handpicked my physical therapist for me.

[00:12:06]So, you know, In the face of this horrible accident, I ended up getting the absolute best care and the absolute best rehab. And it was a very, um, It was a very sobering experience for me. It was a very humbling experience for me because you know what I had sort of taken for granted and what I was experiencing as I’m sorry, upward momentum and upward mobility in my career, you know, all came to a halt because yeah.

[00:12:34] A halt and potentially a stop because of one jump that I land horribly. So it was a very difficult road to recovery and it really was a solid year after my surgery, before I was able to dance again. But while I was rehabilitating, um, I really only had one thing that I had to focus on, which was retraining my body and getting better.

[00:12:59]So. There were a lot of lessons to be learned in that process. Number one, about the fragility of our career, you know, um, you know, um, Chinese proverb that says with health with good health, a person has many wishes, but without good health, a person only has one wish. And of course that wish being to get better again.

[00:13:21] So I really lived that and, um, I was able to have the space around me to really focus and really commit to retraining my body. And I was able to come out on the other side of that successful. I think the other really big takeaway is, is I’m witnessing how cool quickly people who I had grown up with and people who I had known in my early arts career.

[00:13:46]Came to my support and came to my rescue as soon as I, as soon as they found out that I needed something. Um, people who, who I really hadn’t been in touch with in the recent years, but were very much a part of my formative years as a dancer. We’re so excited to. Number one connect with me, but also to be of some help.

[00:14:06] And I really found that to be a really moving and touching thing, but also like a reminder that, um, it’s really important how we walk through the world. You know, it’s really important that we’re treating people with love and kindness and decency, and that we are really walking through the world as someone who’s trying to make a positive impact every day, because you know, the, the.

[00:14:29]The, the kind loving person that I have always tried to be was, was there to return a favor for me, years and years later when I needed it. Um, it was one of those examples in life that really shows that the goodness you put out really isn’t forgotten and it isn’t for nothing. Um, because a lot people were really, really eager to help me.

[00:14:50] And I found that to be really moving and really beautiful.

[00:14:52]Dane Reis: [00:14:52] Oh, that is such a good story and absolutely terrifying to have had that injury. And I’m so glad that you’ve been able to recover. How has the recovery would you say you’re at a hundred percent?

[00:15:04]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:15:04] Um, I would say that I am at a hundred percent when I’m consistent with my training and I’m warmed up. I would say that I’m at 90% when I’m lazy and I’m cold.

[00:15:20] Dane Reis: [00:15:20] but wow. How incredible that you can get to those levels. I mean, with such a epically huge injury,

[00:15:27] uh, and you’re right. I love you said. Pay attention, how you walk through the world, I think is what you said.

[00:15:34] That’s, there’s so much to be said there. And at the end of the day, not just our careers, not just our professional life and what it can do for our careers or finances or anything, but everyone that you come in contact with that to be friendly and to be nice and caring, ,

[00:15:52]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:15:52] In a genuine way. You know. You know. 

[00:15:55] Dane Reis: [00:15:55] course you can’t, you can’t be fake about it and be putting on airs, but if you’re doing it genuinely, it always comes back. And at the end of the day, you also feel better about yourself and people have a better experience, even if they, even if it’s a barista at a coffee shop that you’re never going to see

[00:16:11] again, you know, you haven’t negatively impacted their day and maybe you made them smile or something really mundane, but those little things do have ripple effects.

[00:16:23]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:16:23] Yeah, they really do. I’m a firm believer.

[00:16:26]Dane Reis: [00:16:26] Yeah, absolutely. And let’s move on to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that.

[00:16:49]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:16:49] right, right. So I was racking my brain about this question, and I don’t know that I really have a, uh, like an on switch moment. Um, because as soon as I discovered dancing, I was hooked. So maybe that was it just like the, whenever the first moment that I started dancing was because. . My obsession with dancing was very immediate and very 100%.

[00:17:12] And my parents definitely saw that I was in love with it as a young kid and that I had a natural talent for it. So. I would think, I guess that I was about eight years old when I started dancing. And it was around that same age, maybe even a little bit younger that I was obsessed with Michael Jackson, like saw his videos and was really obsessed and obsessed with the music.

[00:17:34] And I wanted to learn like, Every step of his videos. At one point I knew every move in, in bad, in the bad video, and I would do it in the living room. Um, I bet if I gave myself a day, I could get it back, but, uh, that was a while ago, but yeah, jacket and the gloves. And like I had, I had like the Michael Jackson gear and, um, I was just constantly imitating him.

[00:17:54] And then my parents also showed me the West side story movie and, uh, the movie version of a chorus line, which of course I know we’ve got some mixed feelings and, uh, actually I’ll add some somewhat negative feelings about the movie version. But to me as a young kid, it was super sweet. Super inspiring.

[00:18:13] And those became my two favorite movies. So time we went to blockbuster, I was  grabbing those two movies. We were taking them home. It was not a discussion. And I already had a Michael Jackson Moonwalker, which is a compilation of Michael Jackson music videos. I already had that on a VHS. So like, it was just me wearing out those three tapes over and over again.

[00:18:37] And then, you know, eventually my parents were like, okay, we gotta, we have to take him to dance class. So there wasn’t ever really a moment. Or at least there isn’t a moment in my memory of like grand discovery or grant decision. It was just like this thing that I love to do and never wanted to stop doing.

[00:18:54]Um, I mean, there was a very brief period in like my preteen years where I was like, okay, Taking a step away from dancing and doing more singing and acting because that was the more, a socially acceptable thing among my middle school classmates. But eventually once I was old enough to like, kind of see that that was stupid, I was like, no, I want to go to dance class again.

[00:19:16]So, you know, so damn once dancing entered my life at a super young age, it never really left.

[00:19:21]Dane Reis: [00:19:21] Aw, that’s so good. And I love that you said, and we went to blockbuster, you know, I, I have such great memories of going to the movie store and picking up movies. And it’s one of those things that no one’s really gonna experience

[00:19:33] Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:19:33] Yeah. It’s yeah, it is definitely a Relic of the past, but, uh, yeah, it’s, it’s a definite thing. Like I would look forward to Friday early evening after school when it was like, Hey, can we please go to blockbuster? Can we go to blockbuster? You know, so I had, I would have my tapes to watch over the weekend.

[00:19:52] It was, It was, it was a thing.

[00:19:53] Dane Reis: [00:19:53] yeah. And I don’t know if you’ve, if you’ve listened to it on the podcast, I had Mick Thompson on. You should listen to his, his interview. He was. Michael Jackson’s backup dancer for eight years and he actually got put in the shadow position. So he’s the guy that was just  directly off Michael Jackson’s shoulder.

[00:20:10] he’s and he’s an incredible guy he’s done so much and he’s very frenetic and amazing. Uh, but yeah, check out that episode. I think you’d

[00:20:17] really enjoy it. 

[00:20:18] Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:20:18] Wow. Cool.

[00:20:19] Dane Reis: [00:20:19] For sure. And let’s piggyback on that real quick and talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and callbacks, if they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life?

[00:20:35] And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite? Worked it moment.

[00:20:40]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:20:40] okay. Cool. So my number one booked it moment definitely is emoji land. , the show that I was doing off-Broadway before the pandemic hit. So, um, Yeah. Cause that whole audition experience was just a great, uh, it was a great experience, but also just a great lesson for me and a great confirmation of lessons I was learning and things I was trying to integrate into, um, how I audition and how I walk through the world.

[00:21:08] To use my quote from earlier, how I walked through the world as an artist, you know, so my first audition for emoji land was a dance call and I didn’t have really any information on the show going into it, like just the show title. And so my impression was that it was probably a kid show because it’s called emoji land and it’s about emoji.

[00:21:29] So it must be a kid show and it’s probably really stupid. Um, But, you know, whatever I’ll go and audition anyway for this dumb show. So I, um, and I was having breakfast is that morning with a friend of mine who was visiting from Texas. And I told him, Hey, you know,  you know, let’s meet in the morning, cause I’m going to an audition in the afternoon for this musical called emoji land.

[00:21:50] And she was like, yeah, Ooh, what’s that? And I was like, I don’t know, it’s probably going to be dumb, but you know, I got to see what it’s all about. Like I’m not going to book it. I’m just, you know, I’m just going to just check out the scene and. I really didn’t even dress. Like I was trying, like, I wore all of my favorite clothes.

[00:22:04] I wore my, uh, my tee shirt with Prince on it. And he’s giving you like a fabulous pose. And I wore these leggings. I have with Roman numerals all over them. And I wore these sneakers that are made of denim and they’re horrible for dancing. And I had my hair out and I really just, wasn’t trying, I looked like I was going to meet friends for coffee or something, like not showing up to audition and.

[00:22:26]Honestly, it was a really great lesson in not caring because I feel like when you care too much, you start to edit yourself and you start to censor yourself. And I think one of the reasons why I did so well is because I truly had nothing to lose attitude about the whole thing. Like I just showed up and was like, let me check this out.

[00:22:47]And, and I was very relaxed and very comfortable and, and actually very confident. Um, but anyway, I did the dance audition, uh, with Dana Marie, who’s the associate choreographer. She taught the combo and, uh, right from the get go, I was vibing with her and like really vibing with Kenny the choreographer , uh, So the movement really suited me the whole vibe of how they were teaching.

[00:23:10] It really suited me. Um, Dana Marie actually complimented my Prince too. She was like, yes, sure. I was like, thank you so much. The vibe was, was right. And like I walked into the room feeling super. Super chill and like, like, whatever, but also  ready to rock about the whole thing. It was a perfect mix of energy.

[00:23:28] So the dance audition went really well. And I got asked to stay and sing the same day, and that was all chill, like right along and the same wavelength, just go in and do the thing, get in, get out, don’t mess my hair up. And we’re just going to keep moving, you know? So. So then the next audition. So I got called back and the next audition was an acting and a vocal callback to sing and read from the show.

[00:23:51] And this time after having gotten a feel for the material and I was being called back for a specific role, which was man dancing, I definitely dressed . Show appropriate and was trying a little bit more if you know what I mean? Um,  the, the man dancing  emoji is the purple the purple disco guy.

[00:24:08] So I wore my purple, tight jeans and I wore this black button down shirt with like a bunch of, with like my chest out, you know, very like ballroom and I wore, uh, some black boots. Um, so I was like, let me, let me channel this vibe, you know? , uh, So for the material, they asked me to sing something from my book, which I sang a human nature.

[00:24:27] Yeah. Michael Jackson gotta gotta bring it back to the roots.  uh, and then they asked me for a song from the show, which is the opening number. It’s just so great to be alive. So, yeah. And then also they asked me, tell a joke. So those were the three things I was going to. Yeah, I do. I was going to sing my own song, sing the song from the book and then tell a joke.

[00:24:46] So I sang. My song and it went well. And then I sang, uh, the material from the opening number, which honestly like went okay. But I, I think like the vibe was, was still riding high from my material. And the previous day, like I was still feeling like good energy in the room. So then it was time for me to tell my joke and, and I said, Would it be okay if I told a story instead of a joke, because I have a true story from my life that I would, that I’d like to tell.

[00:25:15] And I think it’s pretty funny. And the director of Tom was like, okay. So I proceeded to tell the real life story of a time that I full on crap, my pants in the street on the way to a rehearsal. And, uh, this really happened. I was rehearsing for a benefit called night of life. Um, and I don’t think any of them know that this happened and they will know once they’ve listened to this episode, that on my way to that first rehearsal, uh, getting off the train, I crap my pants.

[00:25:48] And, uh, it came out of nowhere and completely surprised me. And so I, yeah, I was right around the corner from the rehearsal space. So I ran into. The versatile space, like went right for the bathroom and affected the damage, uh, realized right away that the underwear were over and that, but, but the pants were fine.

[00:26:08] So I just needed to get cleaned up and throw away the underwear and just get into rehearsal. So, um, at least now my fellow dancers will know why I was late to that first day of rehearsal. But anyway, The story had them all just like laughing, dying. I’m mortified. Like I remember Lena, the music director, like had her hands over her mouth and her eyes were wide open and she looked at me like, Oh my God, God, God.

[00:26:32]Like, so like, you know, they were all. Like I, I was like, yes, you made the right decision in telling this real story, rather than trying to come up with some joke, because real life is funny. Crapping your pants on the street. It’s funny. Um, so then, right, 

[00:26:46] so after. No. Well, not in the, in the moment I was horrified, but, uh, but I actually went like that after that rehearsal was done, I went right on Facebook and I was like, Hey, I want everybody to know that I crap my pants today.

[00:26:58] Hope you’re having a good day.  I just, I wanted to make sure that I was laughing at myself immediately because you know, what are you going to do? You catch your pants. So anyway, back on track. So I told the story, they were about it. Um, So then they were, so the director was like, Hey, um, let’s do the song from the show again.

[00:27:17]But this time do it. And while you sing it, do an interpretive dance. And I was like, what? And the director was like, I don’t know, just, just go for it. And I looked at him and I was like, I have no idea what what’s about to happen. I have no idea. And he was like, that’s fine. And honestly, I really can’t remember what I did, but I sang the song and I did an interpretive dance.

[00:27:40] And, uh, I believe there were, there was some floor work involved and probably a lot of hair throwing if I know myself. But all I remember is that they were, they were laughing and they were feeling it. And I was laughing at myself and acting a fool and it was amazing. So then after that, they handed me the script and they said, okay, we want you to read for angry face.

[00:28:00] And I was like, okay, cool. So they sent me out into the hall and I looked over the script for a little bit and they brought me back into read and I was going for it, big choices, big angry choices. And they gave me a few adjustments on how to like pick up the pace and tight-knit and you know, relationship stuff.

[00:28:19] And then I read it again and they were like, great. You’re all done for the day. So I was like, okay, cool. Well, I think that’s it. Um, I’ll, I’ll hear either a yes or a no at some point. So then, um, I find out that they want me to come back and dance again, and this time they, and this time for tap. So this, so my agent sent me the breakdown and then he called me.

[00:28:40]I mean, it was like, yeah, they just want it. They want you to come in and dance, bring your tap shoes. Uh, it seems like it’s going to be really chill. And I was like, okay. So,  I got there and people were singing and reading. They were doing what I had done like two days ago. So I actually started to get a little bit nervous.

[00:28:55] I was like, wait, did I misunderstand the assignment? Like, am I supposed to sing and read? But, uh, I called my agent and he was like, no, it’s dance. Like I confirmed it. You know? So I was like, okay, cool. So I was the only person. In the hallway,  there to dance. I

[00:29:10] so I was the only person there for a while. And then, uh, Tenicia who, uh, played woman dancing, the woman dancing emoji, she showed up. and we recognized each other from that the first day where we both danced and we, and we were both. In line together to sing. So she, you looked at me, she was like, you’re here to dance.

[00:29:27] I was like, yeah, you’re here to dance. Yeah. So after everybody had, had finished doing their singing in the reading. They just called me and her into dance there. And it was Kenny and Dana, the choreographer and the associate and people from casting and then me and Tanitia and, you know, like, you know, like, yeah, we’re just going to dance and partner and feel it out.

[00:29:49] So we did like three little combos. It was like a, like a tango thing. And then we did some partnering, like some, you know, more contemporary contactee partnering. And then we did like a Fred and ginger. Tap combo. , uh, it was very chill. It may be the whole thing was like 10 minutes of just me and Tanitia dancing together.

[00:30:09] And then, you know, we hugged and kissed and we’re like, okay, bye. See ya. And then Tanisha and I were in the hallway and we looked at each other and we were like, so I guess it’s us because we’re the only two here. Um,  and then four days later, I got the official offer.

[00:30:25] So that was my, uh, uh, yeah, that’s my number one. At least number one so far. Booked it moment.

[00:30:31] Dane Reis: [00:30:31] Oh, that’s so cool. I love how it was just so relaxed and just kind of happened

[00:30:37] Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:30:37] Yeah, it did. Thank you. Yeah, it was, it was a really huge lesson and just like, relax and just be, and don’t care so much and don’t be so attached and don’t overanalyze every single decision, like trust, trust. Because, I mean, it’s much harder to do it than it is to say it, but it really does work because when you’re in tune and you’re trusting, you make the right decisions.

[00:31:00]So you don’t have to overanalyze them.

[00:31:03] Dane Reis: [00:31:03] Yeah. Yeah. And let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And. It’s a weird time. We’ve talked about it a bit with this global pandemic, but how do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of years?

[00:31:23]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:31:23] that’s a crazy good question. So, I mean, in terms of projects right now, I decided that, so let me backtrack. I’ve been writing songs as, as a hobby and as a creative passion and pursuit for about 11 years. And I haven’t ever really done anything with them, but it’s always been in me and something that I’ve wanted to do to write songs.

[00:31:42]So. During quarantine earlier on about a month ago, actually, I decided, yeah, I’m going to take a music production course online. And it was an intensive course. It was it’s about a month long and it had deadlines all throughout the course, but there was a lot, lot of information really love about three months worth.

[00:31:58] Packed into one month course. So, um, I’ve been revisiting a lot, but I took this music production intensive, and I really discovered that I have a knack for producing music and I have a desire to learn how to do it. So, um, and I’ve been writing songs since 2009, so now’s the time. So I’m currently working on a music project and.

[00:32:18] It’s going well, and I’m really excited about it. I actually put, um, the first thing that I ever recorded and produced up on YouTube a couple of days ago, it’s a cover of XO by Beyonce. So, um, and it’s on YouTube and it’s on SoundCloud. So if you, uh, want to hear some music for me, just go on over to my YouTube account, Jordan  and you’ll find that it’ll be super obvious, but yeah, like that’s.

[00:32:41] That’s the main thing. That’s consuming my creative energy right now. Um, I’m also part of a dance company. Uh, I’ve been a part of it since 2012. It’s it’s based out of QS, Florida. It’s called dance key West. And, um, . Uh, the company is doing he’s in, it’s all virtual, um, for 20, 20, 20, 21.

[00:32:58] So it’s never been easier. And, uh, You know, more interesting for me to be a part of the company because all of the projects are happening remotely. Um, so that’s happening as well, which is, um, been really cool and really interesting, um, to explore what the dance scene. The concert dancing is like in this kind of remote existence.

[00:33:18]I’m definitely looking forward to getting back on stage. Of course, whenever that is ready to happen here in the U S um, but, uh, I feel like it’s really important for me to cultivate this music desire to cultivate this music identity, um, because I have the time and the space to do it, and it’s a skill I’ve always wanted to have.

[00:33:37] And it’s also a skill that I want to take into my. Post dance career whenever that happens, you know, I, I really do think I’m going to stay in the performing arts for my whole life, but of course, as a dancer that the it morphs and changes and, um, music has always been a big passion to be calling for me.

[00:33:56] So that’s my present and I guess a little bit about my future, um, in terms of the entertainment industry moving from forward, you know, that is a huge question, Mark, but. The results of now have shown that, um, virtual is the way that we’re going to move forward and virtual is going to be the way that things reinvent themselves.

[00:34:17] I, and I think reinvent themselves in the most immediate sense. Um, so who knows what that’s gonna look like, but we already have, you know, Hamilton streaming on Disney plus for example, and, uh, Diana, the new musical. Um, also has a streaming something or other that’s happening with their show since they rehearsed.

[00:34:36] And I think got partial partway through their tech, but, um, weren’t ever able to open because of the pandemic. I’m not really sure the details on that, but I know that they’ve got some sort of a streaming version of their show. That’s either in the works or. On its way to a streaming platform really soon.

[00:34:53] So that kind of leads me to believe that we’re going to see sort of a hybrid of live and virtual happening. Um, I can, I can imagine a scenario where, um, you know, people can buy. A virtual ticket to a live performance. And, um, there’s some sort of well integrated camera and audio technology that allows for a performance to happen live, but, um, people would be able to watch it 

[00:35:21] from their living rooms and , they, they would be watching it along with whatever life patrons are there to watch the show as well. Um, you know, I think that coronavirus is going to be with us for a little while, until we’re able to develop a vaccine and distributed widely, um, and based on. Past vaccines and the timing that it takes to develop them.

[00:35:42] It could be a couple of years. And, um, I don’t think that our industry is going to stand to be shut down for several years. I think it’s going to find a way and, uh, it’s also going to need to find a way financially. So. I mean, I think there are a lot of hurdles to jump over in order to make that happen, because if a show is streaming, wow, it’s being performed, then we’re not just talking about live theater.

[00:36:04] We’re also, now we’re talking about, um, streaming, we’re talking about film, we’re talking about television. Um, you know, we’re talking about added fees for media and we’re talking about possibly, um, I don’t know, residuals, I’m it, there’s a whole other set of conversations that are, uh, quite far above my pay grade.

[00:36:20] But, um, that’s what I would guess if I were to put on my genie hat and project myself into the future. that’s kind of what I would guess.

[00:36:28] Dane Reis: [00:36:28] Yeah. I love that insight. Great.

[00:36:31] And yeah, we will see, I mean, that’s the 

[00:36:33] Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:36:33] Wait. Yeah, we, we, we shall.

[00:36:36] Dane Reis: [00:36:36] Indeed. And it is time to move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightning round. Hi, I’m going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another.

[00:36:53] Are you ready?

[00:36:56] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?

[00:37:02]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:37:02] Uh, nothing, nothing was holding me back. I always knew I was going to do this. Cause once I fell in love, I never wanted to stop. So I’m, I’m a lifer.

[00:37:09]Dane Reis: [00:37:09] Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:37:14]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:37:14] Um, authenticity is your ultimate superpower and it is way more important to be authentic than it is to be original.

[00:37:22]Dane Reis: [00:37:22] Yes. Third question. What is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause.

[00:37:33]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:37:33] Not caring, you know, just like I was talking about in my emoji land experience, just having a, nothing to lose attitude and doing your best, but not being attached.

[00:37:42]Dane Reis: [00:37:42] Fourth question. What is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, maybe a podcast or a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.

[00:37:54]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:37:54] uh, dr. Benjamin Hardy. Um, he is a coach. His materials are amazing. I would say, start with his Ted talk about the 100% rule and then go from there. All of his materials are great.

[00:38:05] Dane Reis: [00:38:05] Brilliant. And the fifth question, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?

[00:38:21]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:38:21] I would definitely focus in much more. And I would say no to most of the side project offers that I got I’m looking back. There were a lot of projects that siphoned off a lot of my time that didn’t produce very many results that made it worthwhile. Um, and so. I think I would have made a much better effort to say no, and I would have, and I would have used that time to be in class and connect with the community more and cultivate that.

[00:38:50]Dane Reis: [00:38:50] And the last question, what is the golden nugget knowledge drop you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry? You’d like to leave with our listeners.

[00:39:01]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:39:01] um, it’s definitely that. Uh, all of you, the entire person that you are is going to walk in the room with you period. And there’s nothing you can do about it. And if you fight it, you are going to edit out parts of you and you’re going to edit out some of the magic. It’s inevitable. And the magic is the whole reason why you’re walking in the room in the first place, whether it’s to perform or to audition.

[00:39:26] So try to put anything on, don’t try to take anything away, just walk in the room with everything, and then you’ll be able to call upon any aspect of yourself that you need, but just realizing that you are the magic and, and you, you actually can’t do anything about it.

[00:39:42]Dane Reis: [00:39:42] And to wrap up this interview, Jordan, it is time to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?

[00:39:57]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:39:57] I would love for anyone who’s interested to please go on over to my YouTube channel, youtube.com/jordan  and, um, subscribe, because there’s going to be a lot of music coming your way, and that is the. Platform that I intend to release it on first. So I would love it. If you would go over to YouTube and check me out there.

[00:40:17]Um, I, if you are a SoundCloud user, I also have a SoundCloud page. I’m very easy to find that again. I’m I’m at Jordan five hunt and connect with me on Instagram and on Twitter. I would love to stay connected with all of you

[00:40:30] Dane Reis: [00:40:30] Beautiful. And what is your Instagram handle?

[00:40:34] Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:40:34] at Jordan five hunt,

[00:40:36]Dane Reis: [00:40:36] Easy peasy.

[00:40:38] There we are. And for everyone listening out there, I have put the links to everything. Jordan just said into the description of this episode. So you can easily connect with him. Jordan, thank you so much for sharing your entire journey with us today. It’s been so great to have you on the show

[00:40:55]Jordan Fife Hunt: [00:40:55] thank you so much for having me. This has really been a treat.

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