Beyond The Lens – Massachusetts Actress & Filmmaker Jordan Tofalo is a tough act to follow when it comes to taking a walk in her shoes. After doing an interview, I discovered a lot about her vision, goals, educational background, her life as a filmmaker, actress and much more.
My interest in Jordan Tofalo came after I browsed through one of her social media pages and seen some of her cosplay work. I definitely had it in mind to interview her after that. I reached out to her and asked if she would like to do an interview and her reply was yes. Everything else was pretty much history!
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Jordan Tofalo*~*~
Internet Hollywood: Hey Jordan! Thank you so much for giving me the time of day to do this interview with you. I have checked out your work and I’m astonished to see how great you are at what you do. What was that spark that fueled the drive that made you take acting serious to the point you wanted to make a career out of it?
Jordan: Thank you so much for having me! I am grateful to have discovered what I feel I am meant to do with my life, and there is no question. I always connected with the art of filmmaking to my core, but never took it too seriously, thinking it was unrealistic. I was going through some things that made me reevaluate the way I was going through my life, and was powerfully affected by a film that opened my eyes in ways other forms of communication would not have been able to do justice for me. At the time, I was an unhappy freshman at another college, feeling lost and trying to figure out what to do with my life. At some point, something clicked and that’s when I began to value my own life agenda and happiness first. I knew I wanted to make films. That is when I decided I had to find a way to pursue this passion. I transferred the beginning of my sophomore year to Fitchburg State University after hearing great things about their film/video program. Best decision of my life. My passion for becoming a better on-screen storyteller led me right into acting. I was always interested in acting and started off taking some acting classes for the purpose of better understanding an actor’s process in order to help improve my directing skills, and I immediately feel in love with acting. I feel truly alive when I am able to be part of a piece of art that will live on regardless of if I am alive or not. To be apart of something greater than yourself, collaborating with other artists, is something very beautiful and valuable to me. Feeling the energy of acting out a scene and living in the moment is addicting. Now to mention my acting professor at Fitchburg State University, Kelly Morgan. I want to take a moment to truly appreciate him. Kelly genuinely sees and values each student’s own unique light of creativity, teaches them to cultivate it for themselves, and then sets them up for success. The genuine passion he has to help his students is the kind that can not be depicted with words. He is a true asset to Fitchburg State University’s faculty. He changed my life, and I know I am not the only alumni to say that, and most definitely will not be the last.
Internet Hollywood: It’s pretty impressive to see all the artistic things you involve yourself in. You’re into writing, acting, modeling and directing. Are you planning on building a film company or some kind of organization in the future?
Jordan: The way I see it, all art forms are intertwined in filmmaking. I knew if I wanted to be a director, I needed to be familiar with as many art forms as possible. I had an internship during the last semester of college in Beverly Hills, CA with Silver Lining Entertainment that was an amazing experience. I was a celebrity talent manager’s assistant, and that experience alone opened my eyes to how it all worked; that was an extremely valuable learning experience. I applied what I had learned about the film industry when I returned to Boston, and I was pleasantly surprised with the strong acting scene which I had overlooked in the past. The acting scene allowed for a lot of great networking and led me to jobs in modeling, and behind the camera as well. I think I have absorbed a lot thus far in my career, but I still have a lot to learn beforehand. To answer your question, yes, a long term goal of mine is definitely to start my own film company.
Internet Hollywood: You recently wrapped up some film projects. Are you able to share what those film projects are about?
Jordan: Yes! I am currently finishing up the final touches in post-production on my most recent short that I wrote and directed, ‘Unethical Behavior.’ The story centers around a young man who strides through life, not caring how his behavior interrupts the world around him. When he spots a nearby antique store, his life becomes affected. I feel very passionate about this short film, and I am very excited with the final edit. Another project I am very excited about is the upcoming Boston based comedy, ‘Sweeney Killing Sweeney’ directed by, Lisa Aimola. I play the role of standup comedian on the rise, Heather Chase. I had performed at a lot of standup at open mics when preparing for the role, and that in itself taught me some very valuable skills. The film has a bunch of Boston comedy legends, and I am honored to have been apart of it.
Internet Hollywood: What kind of film projects do you feel comfortable with doing as far as categories are concerned? Do you feel like your up for the challenge with any role yet?
Jordan: The more challenging the better. I want to push my abilities to the fullest, and nothing will do it like a challenging role that pushes your boundaries. I have no limit on which genres I will or will not take roles for, but it is important to me to be able to connect with the message that is behind the project I am working on.
Internet Hollywood: What is the ultimate goal you wish to fulfill that defines your dream as imagined when you were younger and how close do you feel you are to getting it?
Jordan: The ultimate goal/dream for me is to be a working director in the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) but as long as I am making my own films, I am very content. If I am able to give the experience I was given by a film to one person, to help them see life through a different perception that enhances their life in some way, I will feel very successful. As far as that goes, I do feel very in tune with my dream because I feel I am honoring myself, which is far more fulfilling to me than any success could ever bring.
Internet Hollywood: I’m not sure if I read this correctly, but your page says you attended Harvard Business School in the past. How was that experience and did it in any way help you look at things differently when it comes to your career?
Jordan: I do work for Harvard Business School on a by project basis as a film/video editor. The project I just currently finished up was completing the edits for the course videos for Hardvard Buisness School’s classes. It was a very enriching experience for me. I was able to sit in on a few meetings with the multimedia team, and I learned so much from that experience that I will take with me onto my next projects.
Internet Hollywood: Last question; What are some of the things you are currently working on that you would like everyone to know about?
Jordan: I am very excited to say I will be teaching an acting course, ‘Acting for the Camera’ at the Actor’s Loft in Worcester, MA for children between the ages 9-12 that will be starting up within the next month or so. We are also creating a filmmaking class that is focused more behind the camera where students will learn what it takes to make their own film. There is an exciting new scholarship program that, Chris Neville, Director of The Actor’s Loft, cultivated called CNAW (Chris Neville Acting Workshops) Performing Arts Scholarship. This is another project that I am focused on and passionate about. The scholarship encourages inner city kids to be active learners who develop an appreciation of the arts while discovering the power of self-expression, creativity, and a determination to succeed. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I have also been cast in a few projects that are in pre-production so I can not say much at this time about them, but I can say I am excited about the challenges.
Internet Hollywood: Thank you so much for the interview, Jordan! I’m going to keep my eyes out for your new work!
~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~
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*The first photo and third photo was taken by Kerry Brett Photography
*The second photo was taken by Full Spectrum Lense
*The third photo was taken by Valencio Photography
*The fourth photo was taken by Born Imagery