Thank you for joining me! My name is Jordan (Rane) Orlando, and I am a sophomore in high school who’s very passionate about a lot of things, mainly the arts.
I live in New Jersey and go to Bergen County Academies, a technical magnet high school that I had to apply to in order to get. I was not only required to pass the math and English test and an interview, but I also needed to write an essay explaining why I wanted to go to the school, mainly one of their specific Academy programs. I applied for the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre. After finding out I passed the math and English test, I moved on to the interview stage which also includes an audition since I applied for the AVPA (Music, Visual, Theatre) program. Getting accepted into the program my freshman year was one of the greatest theatrical acheivements yet. Not only has this program allowed me to form everlasting friendships with the 15 other people in the theatre program (as well as formed friendships with people in other academies and other grade levels), but having specialized classes in the arts and being apart of classes, electives, projects, and clubs in both the arts and in other fields, has given me the chance to discover who I am and what I want to do for the rest of my life.
As of now, my current interests range to everything from theatre, to film, literature, writing, history, music (mainly showtunes and 70s and 80s rock), to anything and every Disney and travel related. For the past several years, really ever since I was in 5th grade, my interests have primarily been acting. While I still continue to act and perform, both in school shows and around the community, my interests have more recently branched out to other aspects of the arts. My dream is to one day work in the film industry, either as an actress, writer or maybe even as a director. I most recently co-wrote a screenplay for a short film and am directing another short film. I’ve also gained an interest in dramatic and creative writing in recent years and wish to explore and continue developing my skills in that area. I am also looking into journalism and plan to join my school newspaper and want to get more involved with volunteering and helping out in my community. In addition to all of this, I am very much involved in my school theatre productions and have been ever since fifth grade. My favorite theatrical experience so far has been this past fall, where the entire cast and crew co-wrote a contemporary sequel to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost. It was not only incredible to be apart of the writing process but to be one of the performers and watch all of our characters and crazy ideas come to life.
As you can see, I am very passionate about what I do. I want to thank you all for reading my content and stories, and I am so glad you have all decided to join me on my journey!