We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Michelle and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jordan, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance for me changes constantly. I think the most important thing, as a blanket statement is, that you wake up every single day and check in with yourself; no matter what your profession but especially when you’re pursuing a passion because you can have a hard time separating yourself from it. Check in: do you need rest? how are you feeling? what do you need? do you like your life? what needs to change? I definitely have been guilty of being the “all or nothing, work yourself to the bone,” girl. I would like to think I have been better and better at achieving a work life balance – which again, looks different all the time. In college, I had no balance at all, I went to class all week and worked every single weekend. I used to go to the gym and deplete myself no matter how my body felt. That time in my life was very isolating and strenuous for obvious reasons. When my brother passed away it was not only a wake up call to me to be very intentional with the very short amount of time we have on this earth, but to be very intentional about how I spend it (and who I spend it with). So circling back, when I say check in with yourself, see how you’re doing. I’m a singer songwriter; I LOVE what I do, it’s my passion, and I do it A LOT. This industry also moves incredibly quickly; before I’m done with a project I find myself on the next project. It does make me happy and often the energy drives me to continue, however, I have had to force myself to take breaks on a number of occasions. This can look like anything from just choosing not to be creative and give my mind a rest, taking time off, traveling, or just straight up resting. Rest is so important, when my body is tired and I can rest it, I do. It is so important to work hard, but “grind culture,” is so counterproductive. Making time to see my family and friends is something I choose to prioritize because if I’m not actively living my life, what am I even making music about? Who am I enjoying the fruits of my labor with? The people in your life aren’t going to be there forever, enjoy them while they are. Sometimes I am on fire and working around the clock feels great, I wake up beaming and say “yes, let’s do this again today.” Other times I find myself needing a break, needing to recharge and I make it a point to. Then there’s weeks where it’s somewhat balanced. A healthy dose of work and socialization and relaxation. The most important take away: do not sacrifice yourself and your life for your work. Take care of yourself, nurture yourself, give yourself what you need, your health and happiness will be the most paramount in good work anyway. Balance is internal, you know when it’s off; check in.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer songwriter, I would call my genre pop rock (if I had to), someone recently referred to it as “rage girl core” and I thought that was hilarious and painfully true. I always hate the question “what sets me apart,” because I don’t actively try to be different than others. I would say that my super power is my ability not only to express myself, but that I’m a business woman first, so I definitely have an entrepreneurial approach when it comes to how I plan my moves. I got to where I am by a three strep approach of 1. Educated Guesses 2. Following my intuition and 3. Working my ass off. That is of course very over simplified; was it easy? Not in the slightest. If i knew how hard it was going to be I probably wouldn’t have ever started, so I’m incredibly grateful that I didn’t know haha; we are capable of so much more than we think we are. The most important takeaway I’ve had from every challenge I’ve ever faced is that it won’t last forever. Yes, it feels like the end of the world, yes it feels like your life is over and you will never survive – but you will. So keep your head up, trust your instincts, and for the love of god have some fun.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Because I grew up with a father who is an airline pilot and I’d go to work with him on 1-4 day layovers, one of my weird flexes is being able to see a city in a very short amount of time. I’m a huge beach lover, and you can’t let someone come visit California without taking them to the ocean. Since we have a week, other day time activities would include shopping around Beverly Hills and The Grove, a quick drive by Hollywood Boulevard to scratch their tourist itch, brunch at Ceccioni’s, drinks at EP LP (great view and cute atmosphere), and Craigs or The Nice Guy is always good for a celebrity sighting and good food. It’s always packed but Nobu Malibu is truly one of the most stunning restaurants in the world. I am personally a sucker for a sunset so when my friends visit the day usually ends with a beach sunset and a bottle of wine.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve had so many amazing mentors (and just people of great importance and influence) throughout my life to whom I owe so much gratitude; in this last chapter of my life, my boyfriend Rick Wayne, has definitely been the person to push me right out of my own comfort zone and get me out of my own way. I have never had anyone in my life believe in me the way he has and actually push me to see my own greatness. The irony of this dedication is that I think I’m the person who gets him to find balance (given my last question) ha. It’s hard enough to find someone to be supportive of this line of work and be able to handle the pressures of it without getting jealous etc, it’s twice as magical when someone waters it with you.

It goes without saying that I come from a lineage of powerful women. My mom has always blindly supported me and taught me the importance of being independent, working hard, and also taking care of myself and enjoying the journey. She always tells me to “put the bat down,” when I’m hard on myself; a mantra I repeat to myself whenever I catch myself doing it.

Lastly person I’ll name is, my late brother. His presence shaped who I am, and his loss fuels everything I do.

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Image Credits
Raven Duran Samuel Gove Santos Villaneda Adam Chin Rick Wayne Tosh Peterson Estelle Aporongao Jorge Sanchez Savannah Simpson Belen Anderson

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