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Going with the flow: Musician/actor has come a long way since auditioning for ‘American Idol’

Editor’s note: Venue Plus continues “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a weekly feature with fun tidbits about New Mexicans and their projects.


Albuquerque-based actor and musician Jordan Olguin recently released the single, “Juliana.” (Courtesy of Samantha Shen)

Jordan Olguin is a man with a plan.

But he’s not worried about the journey to reach it. He goes with the flow.

Olguin is celebrating the release of his first single, “Juliana.”

“I wrote this song about four years ago and it just wasn’t ready for the world,” he says. “It’s part of my journey and it’s really exciting to have it out now.”

Olguin spend the majority of the pandemic learning and pushing his career forward.

He’s been balancing his acting and music careers simultaneously.

In 2019, he moved to Los Angeles to further his acting career. But, during the pandemic, he moved back to Albuquerque and began working on his music.

“I started taking an aggressive vocal course,” he explains. “Through that course, I really learned how to master my instrument, which is something I had never worked on before.”

Olguin says the class unlocked his ability to tell a story and do the things he heard in his head.

This is where he was the conduit in getting “Juliana” out to the world.

“I heard this song in my head for four years,” he says. “It just kind of flowed out of me.”

In addition to learning how to train and utilize his voice, Olguin also learned how to do music production.

“I’d never done it before and I didn’t have any interest in it,” he says. “When it comes to music, I have this vision that I knew only I could do. I have a newfound admiration and respect for audio engineers. It’s hard. What’s cool about it is that it’s another tool to tell a story.”

Jordan Olguin self produces his music in his Albuquerque home. (Courtesy of Samantha Shen)

With restrictions in place, Olguin also decided to make himself a home studio, which is where he gets all his music done.

“It’s one bedroom of my townhouse,” he says. “This is a space where I also tape my auditions for film projects. It’s become a one-stop shop for me and I couldn’t be happier because I’ve been able to learn and add to this journey.”

Olguin is still a student of both of his crafts.

He treats his voice better now that he knows it’s an instrument.

“(My voice) is a muscle and I have to work it out,” he says. “Because I’ve always had this natural inclination with instruments, I just understand it. As I listen to my body, I’m understanding so much more.”

Olguin is continuing to write more music and hopes to be able to book some shows locally.

“I’ve come a long way from auditioning for ‘American Idol’ a few years ago,” he says. “That day, I sang all day and, by the time I had to go before producers, my voice was worn out. I’d take a different approach to it all now.”

While Olguin continues his next step, here are a few things you didn’t know about him:

1 “I start and end every day with yoga and meditation.”

2 “I don’t know how to read music.”

3 “I am an empath.”

4 “I once performed an impromptu magic show at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.”

5 “One of my favorite snacks is 100% cacao dark chocolate.”

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