1 – Introduce yourself(since you were last interviewed in 2019)?
A – Hey there! My name is Jordan-Paige Sudduth (but most people call me JP or Jordi), and I am a 19, almost 20 (crazy!), year old screenwriter, filmmaker, actor, daily vlogger (video blogger), and recently, YouTube talk show host! I started writing and producing my own films when I was 14-15, and to date have produced 20 film projects, including 2 longer short films (over 40 minutes), and 2 seasons (16 episodes) of a web series.
2 – How was your experience in college in Vancouver?
A – It was absolutely incredible! I toured 6 colleges, but only ended up applying to one, which was Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia, so I was relieved I got accepted! I knew that their Writing for Film, Television, and Games program was where I was meant to go, and I am so grateful I got to experience what the school has to offer. My former classmates are such brilliant people, and I feel honoured I got to be in class with them! Unfortunately, the pandemic did alter our year a bit, as we went online for the second half of our year long program, and only saw each other through screens. But thankfully, we were able to continue our program online with no interruptions, so we all graduated on time in August of 2020!
3 – How has the pandemic affected you?
A – Well, as I mentioned in my previous answer, it did affect my education a little bit, but I’m grateful my program was able to continue. One of the other ways the pandemic has impacted me largely is because I am diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and am a huge germaphobe, so I’m constantly paranoid and anxious (more than usual, haha). I also recently found out I likely have exercise induced asthma (sounds fake but I promise, it’s real), so that’s a big concern on my mine as well since the virus usually affects the respiratory system. I feel very fortunate that overall, I have not experienced anything majorly devastating due to the pandemic, and neither has my immediate family. That is not something I take for granted, as I know people personally who have been severely impacted. I sincerely hope financial assistance will get to those who need it, and the vaccine rollout will continue to increase in speed so that anyone who wants to be vaccinated can be. Wear a mask, stay six feet apart, and stay home if you can, friends!
4 – Any more films coming from Jaypay productions?
A – Right now, I’m focusing more on my screenwriting and trying to write material to pitch. I hope to sign with a literary agent sometime in the next 1-2 years, but I haven’t completely left filmmaking behind! I’m actually currently in pre-production on a music video for Life As Mary Music that I will be casting, directing, and filming! After that, I have another short film I’d like to produce, but it would require a much bigger budget than any of the ones I’ve done before, so that likely won’t happen for a while!
5 – You recently shared some medical news on your Facebook page, what was it, and are you “happy” with your diagnosis?
A – Indeed I did! On February 11, 2021, I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A lot of friends and family were very surprised to hear this diagnosis, as most people (including myself up until the beginning of this year) had no idea that I even presented any “abnormal” behaviours or traits. It wasn’t until I did a lot of research on ASD in women and girls, reevaluated behaviours I had as a child and traits I still have now, and made a list of reasons I believed I could be on the spectrum that it became evidently clear. The psychologist who did my evaluation even told me, and I quote, “There was a significant amount of evidence to confidently make this diagnosis.” It may sound strange, but yes, I am absolutely thrilled to be diagnosed! I’m finally starting to understand myself better, and it’s a relief to know that I am the way I am for a reason. I’m a very fact based person, so having this diagnosis, this fact, is really starting to help me learn how I function, what my limits are, and how to better take care of myself. It’s also introduced me to an amazing community of autistic and neurodivergent people, which I’m very thankful for.
6 – How does being back in Georgia affect your future in the film industry, any news to share?
A – I am absolutely loving being back in Georgia, although I’m not sure if it’s where I’ll stay “forever.” While the film industry in Georgia is amazing, most of the pre production work, including writers’ rooms, are in Los Angeles. And as writing is one of my main passions, it might end up working out that I may move to Los Angeles for a bit of time, but who knows when that would be! My hope is that some writers’ rooms finally start making their way over to Georgia, because I think that’d be very beneficial for the film industry as a whole. However, as I still do acting as a side hobby, I am very happy to be back in the great peach state to hopefully be a part of more film projects when it’s safer! I’m involved in a great web series called Scales, created by Patrick Ladonis, and I wasn’t able to be in season 3 due to being in Vancouver for college, but now that I’m back here, I get to return to the show! So all in all, I don’t know where my career will take me, but for now, I love where I’m living, I’ve got an amazing housemate (shoutout to Ashlyn, she’s awesome!), and I’m very, very happy to be back in Georgia!
7 – Social media links?
A – Sure thing! Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jordan.paige.s/?hl=en
Personal/Vlogging YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2kCPiIEO7GTgwm6zErzzqg
Filmmaking YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcIuq68W7PFt7hpb2fzL4mQ
My YouTube Talk Show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS3pwqB73zFYAln65p7Cf0w
Thank You Jordi for sharing an update with us here at GeekyKool. If you want to continue to keep us updated on ALL your “adventures”, we would love to report on it]’999,