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Jordan Charles
 
Jordan Charles
Union Actor from California
About Jordan

Born in London, Ontario, Canada to Italian parents, I identified a passion for performance at an early age. My childhood memories are filled with cozying up with family watching black & white films with stars from yesteryear. I remember my mother being smitten with the charisma of Omar Sharif and my dad liking the strength of Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. These screen influences somehow led to a proclivity to entertain, and a precocious boy who still believes laughter is the warmest sound around, developed a penchant for it. Eventually comedy led to a respect for drama and performance.  What's that saying - be careful of dubious stage performers with two first names :) - well, in Italian families, mothers rule the roost, and my mom was always insistent on two things: naming me Jordan and keeping me well fed, which led to the birth of a hungry stage persona. Early stage work took shape with elementary theatre performances when I was cast as Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables while only twelve years old, playing the elder father of the protagonist Anne (who was played by my talented sister).  In high school, a dramatic arts teacher and others strongly encouraged further pursuit in acting, drama, and writing, at a college film & theatre program. So I naturally went to law school. Nothing stunts artistic talent more than practicality. Prior professional experiences with people of various cultures and vocations allowed first-hand observation and access to so many walks of life, that have since fueled character development.  I've been in various degrees and to different people, an actor, advisor, teacher, agent, personal trainer, business owner, employer, board member, novelist, tutor, volunteer, mentor, son, and brother. As a performer, these vast, unique experiences have collectively amounted to an uncommon understanding and relatability to others that informs my role development and acting choices during film work.The bug has always been there. Artists heed to a personal call, and mine keeps me acting in independent films, and stage productions. I relish opportunities to play against type. Morally complicated characters are fascinating to play, because you cannot judge their condition, and it frees you to manifest a range of varied emotion in the portrayal. I felt gracious to be awarded the lead serial killer role in Friend (2009), an independent film directed by Curt Thackery which generated local acclaim and film festival rounds. The title role in Makua Charley (2013) followed, where I was afforded playing a character with complex dualities in a thriller centered on Hawaiian mythology.  Other unique role challenges have since taken shape, including The Gunman (2016), which brought opportunity to perform two different villains in two separate timelines. The respect for the craft remains high, including weekly Meisner training and performance study at the respected Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio for the Dramatic Arts in Santa Monica, CA, where I completed the two-year intensive acting program, along with training at Margie Haber's Studio. I've also established Annabill Artist Productions, a production company that creates original content for my acting and producing efforts.I've long believed the major benefit of the arts is their capacity to reach others through different forms of expression. We are not the spotlight; rather, our performance should shine it where it belongs.  Film & television remain an important medium for social commentary, and enable heightened awareness for timely, worldly issues.  As actors, our power alights in our expression, and we are forever aligned with our audience.  For me, meaningful acting and filmmaking steps beyond entertainment.  We must strive to elicit strong emotion from viewers.  We must move them, as they watch and they feel, seeing themselves in our characters - so that all our humility, our vulnerability, our hopes, are devoted in vivid reflection of each other's values and lives. In that reflection, the actor becomes a window for their journey, so the audience can look right back and see the truth of their condition.  Performance should always be devoted to seek this truth in the frame.  An acting teacher once told me that you can lead people to great things with your art and work. Every time I work, I regard that privilege and obligation with great care. With a great team in tow, our production company, Annabill Artist Productions (www.annabillentertainment.com), has provided the means for development opportunities to act, write, and create films, develop content, and draw audiences and viewers to material that matters. It is precious hard work, and I hope the content we're devoted to meets the ideals of our mission.There have been other opportunities to give back as an artist for which I'm most proud. I work with grassroots campaigns and private companies, to promote recycling and sustainable practices.  As a Screen Actors Guild member, I enjoy volunteering with SAG Foundation programs like the SAG BookPALS program, where I'm able to read and perform for schoolchildren to encourage reluctant readers to read and inspire creative thinking and positive values among young students. I've also authored a nonfiction book called The Little Book For Big Dreams that's scheduled to be published in 2020. It offers a unique approach to identify one's truth through lessons and tasks that instill commitment towards dreams and desires. I hope it can make a difference for those who seek their own exploration and passion. With long-standing encouragement by many I've worked with over the years, and with Los Angeles and its creative community becoming more a staple of my life and career, I graciously look forward to working on still greater projects with great people. Be it as an actor, writer, producer, or collaborator, my passion for the creative process will always be bound by an artist's duty to further the narrative and story until the fade to black.Yours in finding truth in every frame,JC 

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Jordan Charles

Jordan Charles

Actor from California

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