Some want the romantic lights of Paris, others the bustle and nostalgia of New York. Cut from a different cloth, Jordan was instead drawn to China’s anything goes landscape. In this short book our intrepid traveler relocates to the labyrinthine metropolis of Shanghai, ready to teach young Chinese students how to find their dance rhythm and dramatic flair. One part travel guide, one part anthropological field notes, Jordan sheds light on this perplexing, captivating city and the people who live there.
Applying for a visa, working in the education sector, and speaking the language are but a few of the helpful tips our author covers. Dig a bit deeper and you’ll discover hilarious, laugh-out-loud accounts of living in Shanghai. Settle in and find out about China’s fascination with a certain ’80s saxophonist, the importance of a poker face in copy markets, and all-Chinese theatrical interpretations of American sitcoms.
*For previous readers of the 2013 original edition, this 2018 edition is very different from the original.*
Being a 22-year-old struck down with a nasty case of world-weary malaise is a formidable picture. In 2011, Jordan was sitting in his parent’s living room in northern Australia enduring the heat and trying to avoid permanently sticking to the couch. Let go from his job and university growing more skull crushingly boring by the day, life was looking increasingly futile for an actor hopeful on the make.
In a case of happenstance, Jordan saw a Walt Disney World ad promising pixie dust and beloved audiences at the Happiest Place on Earth. Success followed, and Jordan relocated to Orlando for a year as a fresh recruit. ‘Becoming the Performer Disney is Looking For’ is an insider’s guide for actors wanting the inside scoop about the Disney experience. Told with untempered wonder, this short book takes the reader backstage and shares glimpses of auditions on repeat and the achy and passionate reality of a performer.
“We don’t play all day and not every day is a magical dream come true. We work hard and long hours and I have injuries years later that were caused from this first gig. However, anything that you love that is constructive and gives your life value is worth the price you pay to keep it.”