We hope you are ready! Jordan Canning is our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY this week, and her story is bound to inspire you! Originally from St. John’s Newfoundland, Jordan was immersed in the world of filmmaking from a young age and later fell in love with directing after creating her first short film post University. We absolutely love how Jordan reminds us that self-belief is one of the most important ingredients in achieving success and staying aligned to a path that feels the most fulfilling. Jordan has been able to cultivate a life she loves by having faith in her passions and simply looking at her life objectively. Once Jordan accepted what truly made her happy… she never looked back!
Today, this incredible woman can be found sitting in the Director’s chair! Her television credits include directing all twenty-three episodes of the CTV digital series Space Riders: Division Earth, which won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Digital Series and four Canadian Comedy Awards, including Best Director. Not to mention, Jordan directed on multiple TV series, including Saving Hope (CTV/NBC), The Detail (CTV), Burden of Truth (CBC/CW), and comedies such as Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC/IFC), Schitt’s Creek (CBC/POPTV/NETFLIX), This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC) and Little Dog (CBC). Jordan’s first feature, We Were Wolves, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and her second feature, Suck It Up, premiered at Slamdance in 2017 and won Best Feature Film at the 2017 B3 Frankfurt Biennale. Additionally, her third feature called Ordinary Days, won Best Director at the 2018 Canadian Film Festival. Coming up next, you can catch Jordan’s work in the brand-new show called Nurses (Global)! And, her impressive resume doesn’t end there… most recently Jordan was awarded the inaugural round of funding for the Prism Prize MVP Project grant for a music video with Tim Baker titled DANCE and she is also collaborating on an animated short film for the National Film Board, with award-winning artist Howie Shia, called Fourth North A. Be sure to look our for her latest feature film, entitled Oddly Flowers which is moving towards production in late 2019.
What we admire most about Jordan is her relentless ambition and desire for more! She is constantly seeking new ways to push herself and her potential to new heights. Jordan is a woman who understands the magic of challenges, and the amount of growth that can occur by learning how to deal with them. The coolest thing about Jordan is how she embodies the ultimate definition of a YGTGirl. Not only does she know her worth and what she brings to the table, she also empowers other women to do the same. Thank you Jordan for showing us that only we decide who we are going to be!
Written by Alessia Rotino
What do you love most about filmmaking? Tell us what it’s like to be a woman in the Director’s chair.
Filmmaking brings together so many of the things that I love - creativity, collaboration, storytelling, problem solving, surprises. I’ve always loved the challenge of multitasking, and when I’m directing I feel like my brain is firing at optimal capacity. It requires so much focus and planning - being able to make a million small decisions while never losing sight of the bigger picture. But you also have to be open to letting the unexpected happen, trusting your instincts and following the spark when it strikes.
What was the biggest obstacle you faced in pursuing a creative career? How did you conquer it and what did overcoming challenges teach you about yourself?
I think my biggest challenge was finally leaning into the fact that I was a director. Even though I had dedicated years to pursuing film as a career, there were times in my life when I was gripped by self-doubt and imposter syndrome. I can remember two specific moments where I seriously considered giving it up - I even went as far as applying to an environmental sustainability program. It’s strange to think about, because now I can’t imagine doing anything else. But those crises of confidence forced me to really take stock of my life - my ambitions and passions, what actually made me happy doing day in and out. And what I always came back to was directing. Eventually I learned to trust in that.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me is taking on increasingly ambitious projects that push me to new places and resonate with bigger, broader audiences. It’s getting to collaborate with more and more talented, creative people - being somebody that the people I admire want to work with.
If you had the chance share one message with every girl across the globe, what would you say to them and why?
There is no bigger waste of time and energy than comparing yourself to others. Their success/beauty/accomplishments have no bearing on your life and what you can achieve.
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
Someone who fights for what she wants, doesn’t suffer fools, and is a hard act to follow. She aims for the moon and brings a rocket full of other women along with her.