We had the good fortune of connecting with Sam Jordan Dudeck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sam Jordan, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Life. It’s hard not to be inspired, in my opinion. There’s so much beauty in life – even in the struggles or the mundane. It’s something we’ll never truly understand, so that’s why rather than making art that tries to make sense of it – I find joy in simply reflecting it. Life is a concept that changes each and every moment for us, it can be so complex… yet so simple at the same time. To me, as an artist, I find inspiration in the fact that life is different for each and every one of us – but we’re all here. We’re all living. We all have a story, and that’s what keeps me writing mine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I try to tell stories that will have an audience laughing the whole time, so much so that they don’t even realize what they’ve learned until the credits roll. I think there’s a special beauty in hiding messages through comedy – to me, it’s like the laughter hooks them in, and while I have them – I have a chance to share something that I find meaningful. Making films takes a lot of hard work, which is why I try to have fun with it – if we’re not laughing on set, how can I expect the audience to? Throughout the process, I’ve learned that it is possible to do whatever you want. Sure, there’s going to be roadblocks – but that’s sort of the fun of it, overcoming obstacles and letting that fire burning within you take the lead. It’s how you know you really love something.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love all parts of LA – I think that’s the coolest part about it! You can go from upscale lunch at the Grove to a wild night out in Hollywood, to chilling at the beach all within a matter of 20 minutes. Each suburb has it’s own flavor, and I think the value lies in who you’re around. So many people complain about people in LA being “fake” – but I think that’s just a cliche. There’s authenticity in everyone, and if you put yourself around fun, genuine people, you’re going to have a blast no matter what!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly, I’d like to thank GOD. There have been so many amazing people I’ve been aligned with over the years to bring my career to where it is now – like being born to the most supportive Parents I could ever ask for, who taught me my values and work ethic. Then, my manager, Shannon Pierce – the first person who took a chance on me and my scripts; the first one who believed in me. Tony Blass, the Executive Producer of my first film who made my dream come true. All of the collaborators I’ve come together with – the actors who’ve brought my characters to life, the directors who’ve seen my vision, the producers who’ve helped bring it all together. I’m constantly amazed by how blessed I am to have aligned with such talented artists. THANK YOU ALL.