IT’S NOT STUPID TO SAY, HARDWORK DOES PAY OFF

February 9, 2018

Never Give Up, Keep Going, and You Just Never Know What Can Happen - Danielle Sue Jordan is All the Proof You Need

You know they say, yes, the infamous ‘they’, that sometimes someone comes out of the womb born to do something or just made for a particular role. For Danielle Sue Jordan, perhaps it

was not that she was born for the Entertainment Industry, and I only

say that because I learned that she is talented in so many facets of her

life, but she certainly has been in the industry almost since birth.

“My mother put me in a play when I was 1 ½ years old,” Jordan chuckled

as I asked her to describe to me her life before her acting career.

“So, I have been doing it for a very long time. My first play was Inherit

the Wind at an early age of my life, and my first musical was the

King and I when I was 4.”

In fact, Jordan without hesitation said that while she has been doing

this for quite some time, there was never a time that she didn’t want

to be on the stage.

“I always knew,” Jordan said calmly. “But if I was ever to do anything

outside of the stage, I would, without trying to sound cheesy, want a job

that was striving for world peace and effecting change on a larger

scale.”

Upon first look, Jordan comes off as a very motivated person,

organized and driven, something that is not only true, but evident by

her resume to date. Speaking of her resume, I was eager to find out what her dream role was – the quintessential question asked of every actor.

“It hasn’t been created yet,” Jordan said with a smile. “I think my true dream role is one written for me to help create and perform. I want it to be a character who is not in a box, that is not limited by strict personality traits, but is multi-layered, multi-dimensional, has strengths and vulnerabilities just like we have in real life.”

Seeing Jordan light up when talking about the possibility, it only led me to want to dive more into what drives Jordan in her acting.

 

“Acting, for me, is that feeling you get when you aren’t worrying about what other people are thinking and are just focused on what you are doing,” Jordan said as she gazed off into thought. “It allows you to escape into this world that is not like anything else. The world that you create is perfect in its own little way. There is of course the pressure of saying your correct lines, and being in the right spot, and hitting all your marks. But, it also comes with this thrill too.”

As for acting and Jordan’s career, she has already hit a number of milestones that many are still striving to achieve. One milestone includes her Broadway Debut in Follies, acting alongside Tony-Award winning actress and Broadway Legend, Bernadette Peters.

“Making my Broadway debut was a dream come true,” Jordan said. “It had been a goal for me for a long time and meant so much to me when it happened. Not to mention that I got to do it in such an iconic show with so many legends of the theatre. It was a master class every night we were on stage.”

Andrew O'Shanick, in between cat sitting jobs, sits down with you to discuss why the issues in Dog Sees God are enough to bring any audience member into the theatre. They are important, just listen.
Danielle Sue Jordan in her first play, Inherit the Wind

I think every time you sit down with an actor and hear that they have acted alongside some of the greats of their medium, you never want to miss asking if they learned any words of wisdom during the process that they can pass along to the reader. I of course followed suit, and did not waste my moment to find out that very thing for you.

“I think a lesson that I learned from the entire cast that were all legends in their own right,” Jordan started, “was that they never stopped practicing. Each night, every time I passed by Danny Burstein’s dressing room he was singing his Act II song during intermission. When I would walk

by Elaine Paige’s room she would be practicing her lines,

sometimes saying them over and over to get them right.

Bernadette Peters would show up to the show 2 hours before

and practice the tap routine on stage by herself almost every

single night – plus who knows what she did and reviewed in

her dressing room. These actors were artists who were continually

perfecting and practicing their crafts and never settling. I will

never forget that lesson. It taught me to never rest on my laurels

but to always keep working.”

For Jordan, she also had a mental shift after her time with the

cast of Follies, one she still holds as true of her work ethic today.

“There is something in our business, especially when you are in

the ensemble of a show, that some people scoff at the idea of

practicing and trying to get better,” Jordan stated. “I don’t know

what it is, but sometimes you are made fun of or it is just not

seen as necessary. I am not even sure why people act that way.

But my time with Follies just reminded me that I am the person

who practices, and look who else still practices too. It made me

feel like I was not wrong to keep working, and I was going to

continue to work hard no matter what others thought.”

And that hard work is a trait that Jordan is known by, even today – not only on the stage, but in the audition world. In fact, Jordan estimated that she went on at least 500 auditions before she booked her first Broadway role.

“I am one of those people that has had to work for everything,” Jordan said. “I am known in the audition world, even today, as the girl that goes to every audition and never gives up. It actually was special for me in Follies, because I had girls and their moms coming to see me at the stage door, crying, and telling me how they remembered me from auditions. They would tell me how they remembered my outfit and what I auditioned for and that when they saw me up there on stage, it made them believe that they could do it too. These were girls who were not even friends, just people who had seen me in the audition room. It was a touching moment to know that my hard work had been recognized.”

When Jordan is not in the audition room, rehearsal room or the stage, it is relieving to know that she can be drawn into the normal everyday life things just like the rest of us.

“I like watching Netflix,” Jordan admitted. “Some of my favorites

are Stranger Things and Handmaid’s Tale. That show is so

interesting to me, and scary because of the alternate reality

that it creates. And I am probable eating cheese, lots of cheese

while watching my shows.”

When asked about how her life looks when she has started to

hit more of her goals that she has for herself, I found that Jordan

had another passion up her sleeve, one that was born from her

acting days but would take her down a whole different path.

“Sometimes I think about creating a luggage line,” Jordan said

giggling. “Of all the travels that I have had, whether its running

down the streets of New York for auditions, on cruise ships,

national tours, or on Broadway, I have discovered there is not a

luggage line or design that gives me everything that I need in

order to carry around 5 pairs of dance shoes and clothes to

match for every occasion. So, I started drawing sketches of the

things that I would want. From a day bag, was born a whole

luggage line.”

So, only time will tell on how long it will take to see that luggage

line hit the stores, but one thing is for sure, Jordan will never

stop working hard to achieve getting it there. Until then, don’t miss Jordan’s performance as she plays the role of Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead in its final weekend of performances February 9-11 at Matthew Corozine Studio Theatre, located at 357 West 36th, #202, New York, NY, 10018. Tickets are on sale for $18 at www.BrownPaperTickets.com, and the show will last 90 minutes with no intermission. 

Danielle Sue Jordan in one of her trade-mark audition tops.
Danielle Sue Jordan with Broadway Legend Bernadette Peters.