We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Orcsik and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, how do you think about risk?
Risks are one of life’s blessings. It’s also the thing artists fear most. For me I’ve sat in the middle of loving and fearing the impact of taking risks. Yet I feel they are a necessary part of being an artist and ultimately helped me elevate my career to where I am today. Moving countries, starting my businesses, creating my own production company… they have all been important yet exciting risks that have always paid off. Even if it’s not as successful as I would’ve hoped. Risks are all about pushing outside your comfort zone, so you can live life to the fullest and live up to your highest potential. If you are afraid of it, then you MUST do it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart from others is my versatility. Throughout my career I have worked professionally as a CEO, Dancer, Choreographer, Actor, Producer, Writer, Educator, Philanthropist, Public Speaker and Host. In recent months I have now expanded into Life Coaching and Directing. This isn’t easy. For many years people would tell me that I had to choose one career path, as though there was never enough room for me to be a multi-hyphen. Moving to LA has been a blessing in that regard because I see so many people that are skilled across multiple areas and its exciting. Being versatile only ever makes you a better artist. It teaches you to look at your work from many angles and it continually pushes you to keep asking why you do what you do. You never fixate or feel deterred, because you know there is so many exciting things to uncover across so many creative fields. The biggest lesson was learning that just because someone says it’s “right” that doesn’t make it so. In fact, anything can be “right” if it feels good for you. I want the world to see me for me. A non conformist who loves artistic venture and creativity. Who loves moving people through storytelling in all the facets it has to offer. Who will continue to push herself in learning as much as she can about the arts and who will motivate those like her to do the same. It’s not about doing what others have done before, its about listening to who you are and following what makes you happy. There is no “right’ way. Only your way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hiking! Let’s go up the Wisdom Tree hike, and also visit the Hollywood Sign. That never gets old no matter how many times I do it. Its hard to talk about restaurants and bars with Covid but if my hangouts last…. Harvard and Stone, Davey Waynes and Breakroom 86. I loved those places. There is amazing food right across LA. Each area has its only pockets of beauty. I love the beaches too, a walk in Venice or Santa Monica – you can never go astray.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One main person I have to thank is my teacher and mentor Amy Chaffee. Amy not only was one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever worked with she also was pivotal in my Green Card Process. Regardless of how much I was working, the money I needed to pay for my Green Card was exponential. Amy helped me out when I was struggling. She believed in me and the work that she knew I would do here. She was essential to my success here. She has since been one of my mentors I look up to the most, always challenging me and always believing in me and my talent and hard work. I love her and my gratitude is endless.