There’s never been a better time to check in on our friends, Pretty Birds. Life in the time of COVID-19 is full of uncertainty and stress, but no matter how we’re coping, we can all agree it’s a time to be grateful for the people in our lives who show up for us. Checking in With Friends is dedicated to touching base with our fabulous friends all over the world. Today, we share our chat with Jordan Anderson.
Checking in With Friends: Jordan Anderson
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Jordan Anderson is a fashion and culture journalist & creative director who is currently based in Milan. His work often magnifies & explores political themes in and outside the creative industries including race, gender, identity & brand and cultural ethics. We’ve loved featuring Jordan’s work here on All The Pretty Birds – from Digital Creatives of Color to Know in Italy to his review of film Port Authority. Read along as we catch up with Jordan.
All The Pretty Birds: How are you? How are your loved ones?
Jordan Anderson: I’m good, just trying to keep sane, trying to organize myself and my mind in ways that are both effective and productive. My family in Jamaica are also safely tucked away which is lovely, I chat with them a few times a week when I can.
ATPB: Where are you currently staying?
JA: I’m at my apartment in Milan
ATPB: Are you in lockdown/isolation? Describe your new circumstances.
JA: Yes I am on lockdown, I try to go outside at least once a day or once every other day to take a two-minute walk, just right outside my house. It’s definitely something that takes getting used to, I’ve been in lockdown for over a month and I still haven’t gotten the hang of it.
ATPB: How is it affecting your work and personal life?
JA: It’s honestly quite annoying, I don’t work well in singular spaces, I like to roam, go to different cafe’s, in-office or stay at home to stretch my mind when I’m working and I don’t have that here of course so I’m learning about finding new ways to adjust to that and work in a singular isolated space.
ATPB: What have you learned about yourself during this time?
JA: That i’m actually not so bad at cooking, haha, I’ve been cooking a lot and experimenting with wine pairing and different types of foods, which I’ve found really interesting and would love to continue even post quarantine.
ATPB: Can you tell us about a daily ritual that has been keeping you sane?
JA: Apart from wine drinking? Haha no, actually every day is entirely different and I’ve been going with the motions of how I feel which is really something to look forward to in some sense, it’s like looking every day is the same, but different in its own way.
ATPB: What’s something you hope to take from this experience?
JA: Personally, I suppose I’m hoping to learn to gain a better handle on the way I work, hoping to gain the discipline of working under difficult physical and mental circumstances, but at the same time maintaining the flexibility and ability to listen to my body and know when it’s not working. On a general level, I’m really hoping we’re able to take away this sense of community and togetherness of this experience and apply it to everyday life. It’s amazing how an entire community has come together to support a single cause, so I’m really hoping it doesn’t just stop here but continues with other causes.
ATPB: What are some things you’re grateful for?
JA: Creativity, silence, security
ATPB: Is there an album or playlist that you’ve been feeling lately?
JA: I maintain a very wide range lol, so I’ll go from dancing to anything Stefflon Don to sobbing to anything Moses – particularly his latest single Cut Me
ATPB: Do you have a poem, quote, article, and/or image that you’d like to share to inspire others?