We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by humanity and the lack of it. That’s why I got into filmmaking, to tell stories and highlight those beautiful elements that make us human. Often, at least for me, I have made observations where I see a lot of societal pressure on looking a certain way, making money, or this pressure to live a certain lifestyle because it’s popular. Those that express themselves are chastised or called crazy and I think thats insane. People judge people for their decisions but don’t know what it’s like to be in that persons shoes or what they have been through. There is no one way to live and I think that is beautiful. I want to change the perspectives; or, at least start conversations. I want people to know it is okay to be different; I want people to know its okay to disagree and have a a different opinion. I want to empower people to believe in themselves and believe in what they want. Despite what is shown to us or how people tell you you should live, you are worthy and deserving of any life that you want to live. Long story long, I’m inspired by humanity and building empathy for it. It’s dope creating a podcast or film where a certain perspective is shared and someone looks at a situation in a whole other light – where they get to see humans as humans.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve gotten where I am today through faith, consistency, and hard work. I don’t believe in plan b’s or giving up – make the dream happen the way you see it. The road hasn’t been the easiest but the hard times weren’t that bad either. Everything that I have experienced has made me who I am today and I am so grateful for that. The biggest lesson I have learned so far with my art is to get out of my own way. That’s not the easiest thing to do but you take it day by day and love yourself throughout the journey. It’s helped me develop a bigger appreciation for life and the many aspects of it (which definitely reflects in my work). I focus on art that captures and brings to life the human aesthetic. I feel like there isn’t just one medium to express that so I dabble with everything. When I first started my creative journey, I began as an actor; now I’m completely immersed in the filmmaking world, I’m THE SHOOTER when it comes to film photography, and I dabble in other creative outlets like graphic design and painting. Thankfully my art is well received and people support me enough to keep going. If there is anything I would want people to get from my art is that they are beautifully and wonderfully made. If I can do these things, so can you (and then some). Keep going and stay the course.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Whenever I have family or friends visit in Atlanta, I always give them what I call, “The Atlanta Tour.” What’s great about Atlanta is that there is something for everybody here. Based off their interests and hobbies, I will set up visits to spots that I know they would like and I feel they would enjoy. However, there are some mandatory spots that I make sure we go too. One is Cascade Springs, it’s a beautiful park tucked away in the heart of Atlanta and the culture there is so beautiful. There’s a small waterfall and the trails are so peaceful. After the park, I take my guests on a ride through the West Side of Atlanta where must of the true character of Atlanta is left and allow people to see it. After a successful day of sight seeing, I typically cook them their favorite meal. Later we go dancing at either Johnny’s Hideaway, Loca Luna, or somewhere on Edgewood. All three of those places are very eclectic and you never expect to see the people you see in those places or how much fun you’ll have when you let go. What attracted me to Atlanta was this sense of freedom I saw people have when they were out with their friends or even by themselves. Nothing mattered but the fun they were having; it so alluring to see people living in the moment. I try to curate an experience where people get to see that and also live in the moment. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I honestly would not be here today without the support and encouragement from my family, friends, and the many hardworking souls at IAF Media. There have been several times where things were rocky and I didn’t know how they were going to work out – but these people believed in the vision, they believed in me and encouraged me to keep going. They really don’t know how much those words of encouragement helped me push through some of the darkest times in my career. I am thankful to them all, Most importantly, I give a big shoutout to God for being my spiritual backbone and provider. You a real one G.