We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Pratt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose a creative career because I have always had the desire to create. Growing up, I was always making things. I made these terrible stop action movies with LEGOS and equally terrible short films and music videos later on. I was convinced I would be an author in the third grade. I shifted to writing music in middle school, and that stuck!
So an artistic career always seemed to be in the cards! While it may not be seen as an “artistic” or “creative,” I also do web and iOS development part time, and I find it refreshing to create in a different field than my “art.” I have a ton of respect for folks that are in that field full time, and It think there is a lot of art and creativity in that field.
Songwriting, singing, and teaching are my creative passions. I’m my best self when I create; whether that’s writing a song, performing a piece of music, or helping a singer create beautiful music.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a singer-songwriter. For my entire academic career, I focused much more on the “singer” part. I studied Vocal Performance at Brigham Young University in Utah, and I received a Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory in Boston. I performed in operas and musical theater productions, and quietly wrote songs throughout the whole process. It wasn’t until the birth of my daughter and graduation that I shifted focus to songwriting. I realized that creative part of my life was more than just an outlet for me, it was an essential part of who I am.
Since that time in late 2018, I have written hundreds of songs to improve my craft. I’ve released an EP along with a handful of singles, had a song played over 20,000 times on Apple Music and Spotify and 800,000 times on Youtube, was a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition of 2020, and was a mentee in the Society of Composers and Lyricist Mentorship program of 2020-21. I’m currently working on my second EP, which I plan to release in the fall of this year.
Getting to where I am now definitely hasn’t been easy, and I have a long way before I get to where I want to go. Of course, a worldwide pandemic has put a huge pause on performance and connecting with people interested in my music. I also moved across the country to Los Angeles, and had to find a way to survive! It was a real leap of faith, and thankfully it has worked out well. Through a combination of teaching voice lessons, web development, and songwriting, we are able to make a comfortable living for our little family.
I would say from this experience I’ve learned the importance of putting yourself out there. Was it crazy to spend basically all of our savings on funding an EP while moving across the country to a place where I wasn’t guaranteed any work? Absolutely. But it forced me to hustle, and I learned that everything is much less permanent than we like to believe. That has helped me become more flexible.
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?
Well… this is where it gets awkward. I haven’t had a ton of time here pre-pandemic, so I don’t really know! The Griffith Observatory is really cool, along with the museum of art and the museum of contemporary art. I also would check out venues like Hotel Cafe and Troubadour. I also went to a few shows at LA Opera and that was a blast. The Pantages has some great Broadway touring groups come through if you’re into that as well!
I live in Lakewood, which is in LA County but close to the Long Beach Airport. All the fun stuff seems to be in LA and Long Beach 🙂
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my extremely supportive family. My wife Danielle, who I know without question believes in me and never fails to encourage me in everything I do. My daughter Alice, for teaching me the importance of curiosity and cultivating a sense of adventure. My parents, who taught me to love and provided me the opportunities to pursue my creative passions.