We had the good fortune of connecting with Kodi Jackman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kodi, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
So there are two major habits that have completely turned my life around in terms of day-to-day success. The first is going to sound silly, but has actually made a huge difference—I made a custom sticker chart (you know like the ones you have as a kid as an incentive to do your chores?). It includes everything from getting enough water to fitting in a workout, all the way down to more personal daily goals like “stuck to my time boundaries”. I’ve hung it up on my fridge so that I see it multiple times a day. The second takes a little bit more brainpower but has made a world of difference in my productivity level. Every morning when I get up, I leave my phone on Do Not Disturb until the following three things are done: 1. 10-30 minutes of meditation 2. 30-45 minutes of a work-out 3. The 1 most productive thing I could possibly do that day So the most productive thing is a difficult one to stick to, but the trick I’ve found is every Sunday night I spend 30 minutes writing down a list of the most productive things I could do in the following week (for my career, my health, my personal life, etc.), then I pick the 5 that I want to do the least and I write them into my calendar for Monday through Friday. There’s something about getting the thing you dread the most done before you even really start your day that just reprograms your brain to really enjoy everything else that you have to get done that day. Once I started getting into a rhythm with all of this, it’s insane how much more I’m now able to achieve on a day-to-day basis.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I suppose the overarching theme in my story is a love of classics. As a kid, I was obsessed with Greek Mythology and the epic-ness of those stories. Then eventually that grew into a passion for classical ballet—which was an enormous part of my life up until I went to college. In college, I was pursuing (surprise!) a degree in Classics. After a year or so there I was introduced to the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival and their incredible work and spent a summer performing with them. That was really when everything changed. I realized I wanted to jump into the deep end with acting, so I pulled myself out of school and spent a semester auditioning for the top drama schools in the U.K. And the following September, there I was with a one-way ticket to London-Heathrow. Those next three years were some of the hardest of my life, but I would not be who I am today—as a performer or as a person—without them. Ever since I’ve been back I have been working in the Shakespeare scene in LA, and am now starting a Shakespeare + Diversity focused podcast with a dear friend of mine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I actually grew up in the South Bay, so there would definitely be a windows-down drive down PCH and lunch in Manhattan Beach or Hermosa. I’m also a huge fan of the Getty Villa (again with my love of Classics) so that is definitely a do-not-miss for me. And the rooftop bar scene in LA is just so much fun—some of my favorites are H Club, Mama Shelter, and The Roof on Wilshire. I’m also a huge fan of No Vacancy which I think is always a surprising and fun experience for people who haven’t been here before.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve got to send this shout out to an incredible Shakespeare company that I became aware of last September. They’re called Shakes on the Deck and they are the resident company based out of the Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood. They are one of the most open-minded and innovative companies that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Shakes on the Deck does an incredible job of making classical theater accessible and relevant to audiences who are unfamiliar with The Bard’s work. On top of that, they have worked hard to create a diverse family of well-trained, supportive, badass actors who are always down to think outside of the box and create something truly unique.
Scarlett Rose Patterson, Amelia Barron, Ariana Glickman