We had the good fortune of connecting with Diana Elizabeth Jordan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Diana Elizabeth, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I think the conventional advice I would disagree with is (lol) that there is a one size fits all conventional advice. There isn’t there are many approaches and many avenues to starting a business, I think the most challenging part can be deciding what works best for you and your business journey. There are just as many business coaches out there who have learned and want to share their particular methodology for “success” and it may be valid and it may have worked for her or him but that doesn’t mean it will work in the same way for me or someone else. I also think it is important to take advice or words of wisdom and adapt it to make it work for you. It is not always easy but the minute I embraced that I can take a piece of advice and see if it applies for me and keep it if I want and apply it or move on was a huge moment for me. Like I said it can feel like trail and error sometimes but to me that is the beauty of building a business, finding what works for you and what doesn’t
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I remember having a conversation with my dad a retired United Methodist Bishop) once. It was one of those moments when I was feeling down and he reminded me that his career path was pretty much laid out for him as minister who eventually became a Bishop. There isn’t a clear path for a multi-passionate creative ( actor, solo artist, theater &filmmaker, D.E.I,A. Disability Influencer/Consultant. I have had to create it and often explain it. I came up with that title because of my commitment to advocating for disability diversity, inclusion, equity and access. I have cerebral palsy which mildly affects my speech and gait Yet despite the challenges I have faced and still face I love the life I have manifested and continue to manifest my goals. I was determined since I was young not to let ableist and other marginalizing stigmas limit me. It not that I haven’t been afraid, I have constant fears of if I am doing the right things, how am I going to make it all work, acting running my edutainment production company The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe and my production company Dreaming Big On A Swing Entertainment. I have found a way to do it by taking actions, not comparing myself to others -not always easy but necessary for my piece of mind and reaching a goal ( like producing my one woman show Happily Every After last year for the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival and producing my weekly vlog A Morning Cup of Joy since 2020. I think I am were I am is because I constantly expanding my comfort zone, not stepping outside it ( my comfort zone) but expanding it. I also firmly believe if you tell yourself “I am not going to try something because it won’t work, you’re right. I truly believe if I take an action for something I increase the chance of it working by at least 50% . This is not to say everything in my life has worked out as I planned because it hasn’t. Like everyone else, I have cried buckets, been angry and frustrated. It is however the disappointments, sadness, and anger that also fuels me. toward my success and my resiliency. Has my journey as a multi-passionate artist who sometimes makes up her own job titles (lol) been easy no but has the journey been worth it totally. worth it.
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?
It is funny because there is so much of L.A. I haven’t seen but want to. Especially since the pandemic I have at times felt very isolated. I think I would ask my friend, what he wanted to do first. I don’t drive so we would be ubering lyfting around the city. There are places I love to go like The Grove, and I think it would be a blast to check out The Hollywood Motion Picture Museum of course go down to the Santa Monica Pier or the beach. Maybe taking in a show at The Groundlings or United Citizens Brigade, This may sound a little Pollyanna but in all honesty I think being with my friend who I haven’t seen in years would mean more to me than doing a lot of activities, Just the time together with a life long friend would be awesome..
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
. Cheryl L Bedford, Women of Color Unite, Performing Arts Studio West, Paul Kampf , Keely Wells
Abigail Gorden- picture in pink dress all other photos from Diana Elizabeth Jordan Personal collection