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

Hi Jordan, is there something you believe many others might not?
Well, while I proudly sport a master’s in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University, let me spill the beans: Most of my business wisdom comes straight from the school of hard knocks, not textbooks. Don’t get me wrong, education’s priceless, but there’s nothing like real-life experience to teach you the ropes.

Education is valuable, but sometimes, the best lessons come from outside the classroom!

While formal education has equipped me with invaluable knowledge and analytical skills, it’s often the trials and tribulations I have encountered in the field that truly solidify my understanding and expertise. The proverbial “school of hard knocks” offers lessons that textbooks simply cannot replicate, fostering resilience, adaptability, and resourcefulness in navigating the complexities of the entertainment industry.

Hands-on learning entails a willingness to roll up one’s sleeves, confront challenges head-on, and extract meaningful insights from every experience, whether triumph or setback. It’s about embracing ambiguity, taking calculated risks, and continuously iterating and refining strategies based on the lessons learned.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Absolutely, I’d be delighted to share more about my journey and career. As a multifaceted creative, my endeavors span across photography, podcasting, and film production, all within the captivating realm of TV, film, and entertainment. Each facet of my work holds a special place in my heart, representing not just achievements, but also the culmination of passion, perseverance, and unwavering dedication.

Entering the entertainment industry was a decision filled with both excitement and trials. Like many, I encountered numerous obstacles and setbacks along the way. However, these challenges served as catalysts for growth, pushing me to refine my skills, expand my network, and continually strive for excellence. Despite the hurdles, I take immense pride in the progress I’ve made and the projects I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my journey has been the opportunity to collaborate with influential figures in the music and entertainment spheres. These connections not only enriched my professional network but also provided invaluable insights and experiences that have shaped my artistic vision and approach.

Throughout it all, my faith in God has been my guiding light, anchoring me during moments of uncertainty and doubt. This unwavering belief, coupled with relentless hard work and dedication, has propelled me forward, enabling me to overcome obstacles and achieve milestones beyond my wildest dreams.

If there’s one lesson I’ve gleaned from my journey thus far, it’s the importance of patience and perseverance. Success rarely comes overnight, and the road to achieving my dreams is often fraught with twists and turns. However, by maintaining unwavering faith and staying committed to the pursuit of excellence, I’ve learned that good things do indeed come to those who wait.

Ultimately, my message to the world is simple: regardless of where you are in your journey or when you choose to begin, the most important thing is to take that first step. Start small, but start nonetheless, for it is in the act of beginning that the seeds of possibility are sown. With dedication, hard work, and a steadfast belief in oneself, anything is possible in the vast tapestry of the entertainment industry.

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?
When hosting a friend for a week-long visit, I aim to curate an unforgettable experience that showcases the best of our local culture, cuisine, and entertainment. Our itinerary would be a perfect blend of culinary delights, shopping excursions, and vibrant nightlife, ensuring that every moment is filled with excitement and discovery.

Our adventure would begin with a visit to Legacy Hall, a culinary haven nestled in the heart of our community. We’d begin our day with a leisurely lunch at Vegan Vibrations a black-owned restaurant, indulging in their nourishing and flavorful plant-based offerings. As we savor our meal, we’d soak in the lively atmosphere and vibrant energy that permeates the hall. Following lunch, we’d embark on a shopping spree at Legacy West, exploring its eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries, and artisanal shops. From trendy fashion finds to unique souvenirs, there’s something for my friends and I to discover.

As the day transitions into evening, our culinary journey continues with a reservation at TLC Vegan another black owned restaurant in the metroplex, and a hidden gem renowned for its innovative plant-based cuisine and cake. We’d indulge in their signature dish, featuring succulent oyster mushrooms prepared with precision and flair. gastronomy.

To cap off our evening in style, we’d venture to KISS in Dallas, a premier destination for live music, cocktails, and entertainment. Despite the hour-long drive, the journey is well worth it as we immerse ourselves in the electrifying ambiance of this iconic venue. With its diverse lineup of music selections and dynamic atmosphere, KISS promises an unforgettable night filled with laughter, dancing, and memorable moments.

In essence, our local excursion encapsulates the essence of our community – a vibrant tapestry of culture, creativity, and camaraderie. From indulging in delectable vegan fare to exploring eclectic boutiques and grooving to the beat of live music, every moment is infused with warmth, joy, and the spirit of adventure!


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 am immensely grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge and express my heartfelt appreciation to two people who have played a pivotal role in shaping my journey and contributing to my growth and success. Without a doubt, I owe a debt of gratitude to my loving and supportive parents, whose unwavering guidance, encouragement, and sacrifices have been instrumental in shaping the person I am today.

From a young age, my parents instilled in me the values of hard work, perseverance, and integrity, laying the foundation for my personal and professional endeavors. Their unwavering belief in my potential served as a constant source of motivation, spurring me on to pursue my dreams with passion and determination.

Beyond their role as providers, my parents have been my most trusted mentors and confidants, offering invaluable wisdom, advice, and unwavering support every step of the way. Whether it was navigating the challenges of my career path or overcoming personal obstacles, their guidance and reassurance have been a constant source of strength and inspiration.

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Image Credits
All photos were shot by A JT Visual.

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