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Hallie Jordan-Actress, Producer, Influencer. What's Next?
Hallie Jordan is a talented actress based in Los Angeles. Her first love is acting and her passion has inspired her to consistently work, land lead roles in several feature films, develop a production company, and create a new web series. With two movies currently in post-production, it's a big year for Hallie. While she is consistently perfecting her craft, she also makes it a priority to give back to the arts community in any way she can by showing young women that their dreams can come true.
How did you start your acting career?
I've been performing in theatre since I was a kid. When I moved to LA, I signed with a big agency immediately, but they eventually shelved me. I wasn't going to let that happen again. So I decided to start creating my own work and started a production company to help expedite that process. That's how I started landing roles through those I hired who ended up re-hiring me, and through friends.
What initially drew you to acting?
My family has always been in the industry. My grandfather on my dad's side was a publicist for RKO in the "Golden Age of Hollywood" and my dad was an entrepreneur with Communications in the late 80's-early 90's, so it was always encouraged and has always been what I was going to do.
Tell me a bit about the projects you’ve been working on.
I recently collaborated with Michael Biehn's BlancBiehn Productions, so I've worked on a few films with them. One movie, "The Girl," stars Michael Biehn and Tia Carrerre and another, "Altered Perception," stars some great actors including Jon Huertas from the TV series, "Castle." I just completed working on a film, in which I carry the lead role, called "Mindless." All projects are in post-production and have filmed within the last 6 months, which has been a whirlwind.
Last year, I produced an hour-long television pilot and I'm about to shoot and release a web series called "Miss Glenside" that I hope will have a pretty good following. It's based on the beauty pageant culture that's been popping up everywhere. Everyone is so into beauty pageants! It's a collaboration between 4 friends and me. I actually got the idea from a good friend of mine who is going for Miss Long Beach right now and she's always doing these charity events and car washes, and she takes it very seriously. It IS serious and she's gorgeous and extremely talented, but from the outside looking in, the beauty pageant world can be ridiculous. I remember when I was 14, I did a beauty pageant in Tampa and I totally didn't win or come close to winning at all, but these girls are out of control trying to get this little crown because it will give them their 5 minutes of fame - at least in their eyes. So, I got the idea and the inspiration from that. A couple of girlfriends were into it as well, so we all started meeting and getting together and developing these funny characters. Then we were thinking, "Should we make this a short sketch? Should we make it a movie? There are so many ideas and so many things to add to this!" With the way new media is moving forward with the internet, we figured that a web series might be the perfect way to showcase all the ridiculous things these girls go through for a beauty pageant. We're doing 12 episodes and we're going to have some special guest stars who people will recognize, which will be awesome. It's going to be a lot of fun. We're shooting in Arizona. The series is in the style of "The Office" and it's inspired by "Drop Dead Gorgeous," but a modern version. So a lot of the characters are out of control and ridiculous and relatable!
Can you elaborate on the way new media is moving forward on the Internet?
A lot of projects are moving to new media right now. I produced an hour-long pilot last summer and as time has passed, this past year I'm learning more and more that pilots for television shows are all moving online. I don't even watch TV anymore. I literally stream everything from my computer. One sketch wasn't enough to showcase how ridiculous these girls were and an hour-long pilot would be very difficult to make. Everyone was on board to do 12 5-minute episodes, have fun doing it, get the jokes in really quick... so it all worked out!
You said you work as a producer?
Yes. I had been shelved by an agency and I wasn't getting auditions, so instead of waiting for another agent to come along, I started producing. I was accepted into The Second City of Chicago's Comedy Studies Conservatory my senior year of college and my school let me go there for a semester for credit. Through that intensive program, I created another mini web series to see how it would work. I completed all the SAG paperwork and hired a film crew and did a lot of writing, so I started producing there. It really started to pick up with my pilot last summer.
You’ve worked in theatre and in film, do you prefer one over the other?
It used to be theatre. It used to be that I was going to come to LA, make a name for myself and then go back to theatre later, but I'm really starting to fall in love with film. I like that I can think of an idea and then see that exact idea projected on a film screen. I think that's amazing and it's something you can't necessarily do with theatre. So, it changes. You know, when I do theatre, I love theatre and I don't want to do anything else. When I do film, I want to do film and I don't want to do anything else. It's forever changing.
What would be your ideal role?
I would love to be in a Judd Apatow movie. Any role in a Judd Apatow movie. I love comedy, and I've been doing a lot of drama and thriller lately, but my background is in comedy. Ideally, anything Emma Stone has ever played: quirky, fun characters.
What’s the next step for you?
I'm trying to break, you know. There are so many actors out here (in LA) who are trying to do the exact same thing I am and I just want to work. The next step is to try to land bigger and more substantial roles. I am very lucky to have worked on so many films this past year and I just want to keep doing bigger projects and higher budget levels, working with more and more talent. I don't ever want to peak. I want to keep going up. I don't know, maybe one of the movies I did will go to Sundance and win something. I'd love to work with a major studio. So, we'll see. This is going to be an interesting year.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself working in studio films, producing my own projects, and being able to influence other creators and other filmmakers. I want to continue to work and make a name for myself. I also want to mentor young women, especially from lower income families or those who don't have access to the arts or are told they can't do something. I'm really into creating your life and making your own history, and maybe create some charities and be motivational - a friend to young girls and women all around. I want to be a voice of inspiration.
Hallie Jordan is a determined actress, philanthropist and rising star, on her way to making a name for herself in Hollywood. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep a look out for her upcoming projects, “Altered Perception," "Mindless," and "Miss Glenside," all coming soon to theaters and the web!
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