Moment forges career for Jordan Beswick
A waif, a strong man, a crippled puppeteer and a beautiful woman brought tears to the eyes of Jordan Beswick.
Beswick paints the scene of the 1953 movie, "Lili," directed by Charles Walters. Leslie Caroon enters the trailer of Jean-Pierre Aumont to say that she wants to leave the circus. Aumont replies that she had learned so much.
“We don’t learn. We just get older, and we know,” Caroon tells Aumont.
At the age of 6, Beswick understood the words.
“It was an instant addiction,” said Beswick. “I knew I wanted to be part of that world — forever.”
Beswick draws from that metamorphic moment, sad though it was, to shape a career.
The moment translated into a career as an actor, acting coach, casting director, playwright, director and now owner of the the Jordan Beswick Acting Studio.
“I loved acting but it has to be your primary focus,” he said. “Casting is more creative and you are able to apply acting skills.”
He was born and raised in California, moved to New York where he taught acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Institute. He spent a decade teaching and coaching in Paris and Berlin.
But the international thespian now calls Thomasville home and plans to stay in the states as much as possible to spend time with his family.
“Even though I have had to work outside the state, and it takes me away from home, it still has made it possible to be at home six months per year,” he said.
He hopes to develop some of the local talent and give them the tools to take on those leading roles.
“I love doing what I do and every place I have done it, but I love the idea of being able to help in the development of actors here, locally,” he said. “For anyone, anywhere in the world, who wants to pursue this as a career, it’s not easy in a small town to find a place where you can go and get professional training. I like the idea of creating a situation where it’s available as well as affordable in their pursuit of this.”
The studio is open to experienced actors as well as beginner actors.
“I don’t expect everyone to be in the same place [level],” says Beswick.
“In my experience, both as an actor and someone in the business, I have noticed in acting schools and classes you can sign up for X number of classes but not necessarily work every week. I’ve made it a point that people work every week because that’s the way you develop.”
The small town climate offers Beswick another opportunity.
“I get to focus on actors’ development and I get to do two things that I love most, acting and helping others,” he said.
Ledford High School student Jacob Luck enjoys the classes.
“Jordan’s class is a getaway for me. I can portray myself in any character I want to.”
Classes began July 1 and will be limited to 10 people per class. There is a class for ages 13 to 17 and adults 18 and up. Registration is required. The studio is located at 14 W. Main St., Suite 209.
For more information, call 883-9337 or visit http://jbeswick7.wix.com/jordanbeswick,
"Dead Man Walking" starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon
"Signs" starring Mel Gibson ad Joaquin Phoenix
"The Yards" starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron
He trained with Michael Moriarty, Mira Rostova, Stephen Strimpell, Sandy Dennis, Earl Hyman, William Hickey, Shelley Winters, Sally Kirkland, Martin Landau, Frederick Combs, Susan Peretz, Amy Wright and Guy Stockwell.
He was a finalist for membership at the legendary Actors Studio.
Short films and plays in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin.
His plays have been performed, directed by him and others, all around the world from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. to the Riverside Studios in London to the Manufacture des Abbesses and Lucernaire in Paris.