It's funny the way that some people just happen to appear in your life and you know instantly that you were meant to meet them. That's the way I feel about Jordan. Our afternoon photo shoot (and only second time meeting) turned into an afternoon of fun - bike riding, secret garden paths, frozen yogurt and her gorgeous cottage home full of beautifully styled nooks, kick ass plants and her cat, Porter. Jordan is bright, passionate, full of talent and life. She is someone who adores connecting with new people and has committed her creative career to getting to know these people, hearing their stories and helping them become successful in pursuing their passions, through design, support and collaboration. A graphic designer and entrepreneur, Jordan owns and runs two businesses - a brand artistry business, jordanbrantley.com and her very new project, The Business Bar. I strongly advise you to check them both out. You will soon see that Jordan is exceptional at what she does and quickly come to understand why this lady is just so likable.
What projects are you currently working on?For the first time in a long time, most of my time is spent working on a big personal project instead of client work. I do have a few awesome design projects going on right now for some really amazing entrepreneurs, but the majority of my day is spent working towards the launch of The Business Bar and meeting with potential partners for that.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? My number one source of inspiration is passionate people, hands down. Getting to know the people behind the businesses that I work with and hearing why they are so passionate about what they do is the best part of my job. Their passion, the reason they get up every morning, the thing that keeps them going through the hardest days, is the best inspiration for me.
Tell us a little about your creative talents and passions. Right now, my passions are shifting from helping people pursue their passions through graphic design, to helping people be successful in all areas of business (thus, be successful at pursuing their passion) by collaborating with a group of talented people for The Business Bar.
Was there a specific moment for you where you realized that you wanted to devote your working life to these talents and passions?I was really blessed to find my passion for working with creative, passionate entrepreneurs while I was still in school (university). It was when I met up with a local photographer who needed brand identity and we ended up talking for over four hours. She is now one of my good friends and one of the first people I call with exciting business news. I worked with her during my last year of school and I couldn't wait to graduate and have more time for meeting creatives and helping them be more successful in their business by providing them with effective design.
What is a typical day like for you? Oh goodness, ask me next week and my answer will probably be completely different. Recently my days have been long and crazy. ( Okay, maybe that’s all the time. ) I recently participated in a crowd-funding festival in Jacksonville called One Spark to promote The Business Bar. A crazy amount of connections were made there, so I’ve been spending a lot of time meeting with awesome people over coffee to get to know them, hear what their passionate about and talk about different ways we could collaborate. The rest of my day - if there is any left - is spent replying to emails, working on design projects, settling in to our new home, riding my bike around my beautiful neighborhood or spending time with my husband and friends.
If you could travel to any part of the world right now, where would you go? A certain someone has made me really want to visit Australia soon… ;)
What is your favorite meal to cook at home? My go to is chicken, quinoa, and veggies topped with feta. I hope we never get sick of it!
What is the most difficult part about working in a creative industry?
I think it can be very difficult to remove emotions from a project and see it from an outside perspective. It is hard to not take it personally when your ideas and creations are not well received after you've poured your heart and soul into them. Because of that, it can be very scary to put yourself out there.
The best part? It’s funny, the most difficult things in life are usually the best and most rewarding. Because it is so scary to put your creations into the world for people to fall in love with or tear apart, it also makes the job so much more fulfilling. The riskier ideas can sometimes bring the most reward.
What do you love most about Jacksonville?
The wonderful community of people. There are so many talented people doing amazing things in this city. I’m so happy lean + meadow is sharing a few of their stories!
What are your sweetest daily moments? The sweetest moments in my day are when I get to grow a relationship. That could be hearing about my husband’s day, reading my Bible to learn more about my God, catching up with a friend or meeting someone new.
Looking back 10 years from now, what would you like to see? I hope to look back and see time being spent on things that really matter and have a lasting impact, instead of stress and worry over things that won’t matter at all in 10 years.