Jordan Barr is an aspiring actor and singer.
Q: Why do you want to be an actor?
A: I have always loved performing since I was a child. I would sing and tell jokes to my friends and family. When I was in 4th grade, one of the classes I had was in the Drama room and when I saw all the trophies from the Drama festivals the school had participated in it really sparked my interest in acting. So finally once 6th grade hit and I was able to join the drama program at my school, I got hooked and have never looked back.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: I have had training all throughout my schooling, as well as a few acting/voice acting courses through UCLA extension.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and why is acting better?
A: I was a bar-tender at a corporate restaurant. The hours were long but the shifts were flexible and the pay was decent. But pouring drinks and waiting on customers is not what I am meant to be doing. I have a talent and getting to see someone’s reactions when I am on stage, be it a serious or comedy performance is infinitely better than getting a compliment on the way I shook someone’s martini!
Q: What makes an actor an artist?
A: Acting is absolutely an art. You must tap into a different person inside of your mind and have “their” attributes shine through in every word and action you say and make. You have to know everything about your characters background and why he would be making the actions in the way that he does. There are many ways of getting to this point, but no matter how you do it, it is crucial that you are not just yourself speaking lines that you have memorized. You must feel the need to say these lines because that is who you are and that is how you would react in that specific situation as that person.
Q: What is the oddest thing you have done to pursue your dream?
A: I actually have had a reoccurring gig each year as a Christmas Caroler. Now, it doesn’t sound so odd, but I am Jewish so it makes things a little more interesting. Even though I am singing about Christmas and all that it entails, I really do enjoy it, because not only am I getting paid, WHICH IS VERY IMPROTANT IN THIS INDUSTRY, but I get to sing and perform in front of people and do what I love!
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: Hollywood of course has its ups and downs. There is the spotlight where everyone in the world is watching you and cant wait to see what you do next. You receive recognition and status among other stars. There is the ability to play any character you could possibly think of and many that you had no idea existed (i.e. fantasy and animated movies).
Q: What don’t you like about it?
A: Along with being in the spotlight, though it is great to have people looking up to you or wanting to know what you are doing and where you are at every moment, you lose a lot of your privacy. There are many people in Hollywood that are there strictly for the money and not for the art. People can and normally are fake in order to maintain a certain status among piers and that is something I could never do. People say fame changes you, but it is up to you how you want to lead your life.
Q: What classic film role could you have nailed and why?
A: Its not soo much a classic, but definitely an older movie. I would love to of had the chance to play Marty McFly from Back To The Future. I know I would have done well with this role because I can portray the underdog character, with my witty and charming personality. I am not the toughest looking guy out there or have an Adonis face that is too pretty to take outside. But in a time of need I can and will stand up for myself just like Michael J. Fox did in that role.
Q: What makes you fameworthy?
A: I have the energy and talent that it takes to make it in this industry. I am very personable and take direction very well. I am multi-talented. Besides acting, I have the ability to sing nearly any genre and have a great voice for voice-over. I have a commercial look and can play a fair range of ages from 16-28. I am hard working and dedicated to my craft and am constantly on the search for the perfect role.
Q: Who are your acting influences?
A: Some of my acting influences are Jim Carey as well as Robin Williams from when I was a kid. I am very good with physical comedy and it is in part thanks to them. Most recently I am influenced by Edward Norton and the late Heath Ledger for their incredible ability to take on a role that is completely different from their normal selves. They know how to tap into whatever role they are playing and portray the emotions and actions that would come specifically from that character.
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