We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Ching and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think about risk as an exciting challenge. To me, taking a risk means diving head first into the unknown. When I first started out, I knew nothing about the creative industry or film production. I studied international business in school and come from a family of sales, finance, and real estate people. The first time I worked on set of a music video, I fell in love and knew I had found my thing. I took a risk and deviated off course and pursued a career in the arts. It’s been challenging to say the least, but the rewards far out weigh everything else.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always straddled two worlds – business and art. It’s been a really interesting push-pull balance. On one hand, I knew from a very young age that I would never have a boss. On the other hand, I have this intrinsic pull to express myself and communicate what’s in my head. Building a business (twice) while developing as an artist/creative has been challenging in every way. It was always a struggle of balancing analytical thought with intuitive feeling. Along the way, I’ve learned how to separate myself from client work and while not sacrificing my integrity. I’ve also learned to be uncompromising in my own art. I would like the world to know that if people don’t understand your vision or your goals, it doesn’t mean you are wrong. It means that you have to show them what’s possible. My favorite Richard Branson quote is, “When people tell you no, it just shows their limitations, not yours.”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting, I would take her to Griffith Park for a hike then over to Sqirl for crunchy rice salad and horchata, then over to the Eayikes house for some fun, dancing, and laughter, In my opinion (no bias) my friends are the coolest thing about LA. They run a non-profit called Eayikes and when it was acceptable, threw some of the coolest events that have honestly changed my life. Also, when the pandemic hit, they started Home-y Made Meals which has served over 40,000 meals to LA’s unhoused community. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my core (Mom, Dad, Alex, Bianca, Lucas, and Harley) who’ve shown me what unconditional love and support really is. Also, to my other brother and business partner, Lorenzo, who introduced me to the creative world and has been my partner in crime ever since. Lastly, to my friends, family, and community who have taught me so much about love and life.