1. Who are you and what do you do?
Hello, I'm Jordyn. I am more than my name, but we'll leave it at that for now.
I write (poetry mostly, some short stories, lots of tiny stories) and sometimes I dabble in photography.
2. What's the origin of your artist name?
It's just my first and middle name. Pretty simple and standard. Sad though, since I've always wanted a nickname...
3. What has been your biggest challenge with your art so far?
I guess I'd have to say REmixing other people's art. It's easy (as easy as writing can be) to just write something and throw it up here, but that's not what hitRECord is about. So lately I've been trying to write stories to photos that are already on the site.
4. Who or what is your biggest influence?
My mom takes the cake on that one. She's been through so much in her life, and watching her struggle with herself (and eventually come out on top) has taught me so much about life. She's taught me how important it is to live for myself and to not let others change me. There are plenty of people in the world who will love me for me, and I don't need to change for the people who don't think I'm good enough the way I am. A lot of my strength comes from her as well. Whenever I think I can't do something, I just think about what she's gone through, and it always gets me through.
As for artistic influences though, Allen Ginsberg is at the top of the list. I just really connect with his poetry and his style, and he's really helped me get in touch with myself as a poet.
5. What is your wildest story?
I don't know that I've done anything over-the-top insanely wild, but I've had my adventurous moments. They usually happen in the very early hours of the morning and almost always involve my two best friends.
6. What is the last book you read?
I just finished The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan. It's a very disturbing story, but incredibly beautifully written. I'm in love with pretty much everything Ian McEwan writes.
7. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
This is a tough one, taking into account the sheer amount of fiction that I have basically been inhaling since I was a child. I'll have to get back to you on that one.
8. What couldn’t you live without?
My family and my two best friends, for one thing. They have been with me through so much, and I honestly don't know what I would do without them.
On a less tangible note, I couldn't live without music or words. Music is emotion given an audible form. It also heightens emotion on its own, and can even nudge your emotions in a certain direction. It's incredibly powerful and I need it in my life 100%. As for words, they're my tools. I wouldn't know how to work without them.
9. What is your secret talent?
I don't really have one. I guess I should get to work on that.
10. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?
I always remember my dreams most clearly right after I wake up, and seeing as how it's now 7 in the evening, I can only remember mere bits and pieces of dreams passed.
11. What are you craving right now?
Love, the stars, sex, Reese's, a good poem
12. What was the last song you fell in love with?
Always On My Mind by Caleb Slade. It's an incredibly beautiful song by an amazingly talented musician. I want to find a man who will write me songs like that.
13. Can you hula hoop?
Can I hula hoop? Is that even a question? I'm the fucking hula hoop champion.
14. What do you like?
Music, love, peanut butter, passion, movies, knowledge, Reese's, friendship, writing, adventure, traveling, experiencing things for the first time, not knowing what's going to come next, books, poetry, food, tea, photography, art in general, finger painting, Harry Potter, open fields, long conversations about the greater mysteries of the universe, forests, piggyback rides, jumping on rocks across streams, mist/fog, Disney movies, bubbles, citrus...I could keep going, but I'll spare you the eye strain.
15. What do you dislike?
Lies, pretentiousness, raisins, polka music, the smell of feet, awkward silences, betrayal, writer's block, undercooked meat, tripping over my own feet/running into stationary objects...I'm going to keep this list short since I don't like thinking about things I don't like.
16. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Refer to life lessons from Mom in question number 4.
17. How and why did you start RECording?
I had seen something about hitRECord on Joe's twitter, so I thought I'd check it out. It seemed like something that I would enjoy, so I joined (this was back in v.3). I uploaded a few photos and RECommended a few things, but after a while I kind of forgot about it. I was going into my senior year of high school, and hitRECord just moved to the backburner.
Then, after I gradated, I remembered hitRECord and decided to revisit it. I started RECording more and more, and eventually I realized how much this place meant to me. It has really helped me grow not only as an artist, but as a person. I have learned a lot about myself, and I've started to call myself an artist. I started RECording because it seemed like a fun hobby. Now I RECord as a way to express myself and to connect with others, and I can't thank you all enough for your support <3
Created: Jan 25, 2011jordynmyah Document Media