Being uncomfortable makes Jordan Olguin take a leap of faith.
It happened when he was cast as Danny in the short film “The Divorce.”
It scared him, but he conquered it.
Months later, the feeling is coming back as the Albuquerque native is moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting and modeling full time.
“These moments in my life challenge me,” he says. “I’ve found that if I’m uncomfortable enough, I’ll move forward with it to see what comes out of it.”
Olguin, 23, has made the film festival rounds with director Lindsy Campbell for “The Divorce.”
The short film focuses on a woman who loses everything that means anything to her during the breakup of her marriage.
She makes a seemingly harmless yet somewhat bold gesture that, in the end, gives her everything she ever wanted.
Olguin shared the spotlight with local actors Ron Weisberg, Chris Ranney, Campbell and Tiffany Sherie Neeley. The leads in the film are Navid Negahban and Laura Niemi.
“What piqued my interest in ‘The Divorce’ was the story and the journey in finding where I would fit in that story,” Olguin says. “It’s a dark comedy. Danny really carried along this innocence. That’s where I come from. It was really interesting to show audiences that we’re making light and it’s a real issue that should be discussed. When I look for projects, I look for the message and how does it align with my vision for the role. This one checked all the boxes.”
Olguin, who grew up in Albuquerque, has been performing since he was 3.
More than a year ago, he auditioned for “American Idol” when the TV series made a stop in Albuquerque.
“I’m always singing,” he says with a laugh. “I like to spread light. To see the glimmer in someone’s eye is worth every moment.”
Although fairly new to the film industry, Olguin was able to get his feet wet in the New Mexico film community.
He learned quickly that the industry is full of “high peaks and low valleys.”
“My mantra is, ‘Today’s ceiling is tomorrow’s floor,’ ” he says. “One of the most difficult aspects of this industry is remaining positive. The phone doesn’t ring, and you don’t get the role. It’s been a learning curve for me and a beautiful one, at that. Those dark periods and those valleys help me focus on what the long-term vision is. That’s really why I keep doing it.”
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