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Actor Jordan Eubanks: “I’d like to inspire a complete abolition of humans experiencing water insecurity”

The movement that I feel most ardent about would tackle the water crisis in the world. Life happens with water. Knowing that there are places in this world currently that doesn’t have clean running water is absolutely unacceptable. It is a priority and should be treated as such. I know people have and can donate, […]


The movement that I feel most ardent about would tackle the water crisis in the world. Life happens with water. Knowing that there are places in this world currently that doesn’t have clean running water is absolutely unacceptable. It is a priority and should be treated as such. I know people have and can donate, but what I’m talking about is a complete abolition of humans experiencing water insecurity.


I had the pleasure to interview Jordan Eubanks. Jordan is the Star of Be Like Trees. He is also the former Reality Star of MTV’s The Hills.


Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I grew up in a household that encouraged me to try different things. I played a combination of three sports at all times — mainly baseball, basketball and football, but occasionally swimming and track. However, while juggling my athletic side, I always made time for my artistic side, which consisted of acting, modeling, painting, drawing and singing. I remember it was my senior year of high school and I missed a 2nd round state playoff game because I was portraying Danny Zuko in Grease. The baseball team probably never forgave me, but I didn’t have a backup for Danny and I did as a centerfielder.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

The most interesting story ends in tragedy. I was on MTV’s The Hills when I first moved to Los Angeles in 2006. It happened out of nowhere. After the show concluded, my buddy Brian and I made our first movie, 2 Dudes and a Dream. We came up with the idea for this movie on our road trip to Los Angeles from New York. With The Hills steadily rising in popularity, people were excited to hear other ideas we had. We were able to raise over 100k to make our movie come to life and I’m forever grateful for those who contributed to its success. Now, this is where the story gets interesting. After we completed 2 Dudes and a Dream, I met a guy (whom I will refer to as John) on a flight from New York to Los Angeles. Within a 5 ½ hour flight, I managed to convince John to invest over 600k in a project that Brian had written entitled Dumbbells. It was wild! As the new executive producer for Dumbbells, John temporarily relocated to Los Angeles and shacked up with me and my then, week-old wife. Although I was delighted to help John as he helped me, this circumstance was extremely difficult to endure, especially as a newlywed. I was in an awkward position because John, whom aided in the film’s realization, was sleeping on my couch. Unfortunately, things turned sour, and I ended up being sued by John as a scapegoat for the project. Without going too in depth, it was a HUGE learning experience for me and thus has changed the way I conduct business.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

The first time I was directed in a movie, I was very nervous and in my head about my acting. It was clear the director noticed; calming my nerves, he then told me to always remember that we are playing dress up, “pretending” to be something, and that “we aren’t saving lives,” so I should have fun. That seemed to really put everything in perspective for me. The director saw my discomfort, and instead of exploiting my vulnerability, he simply spoke to me and put my nerves at ease. Communication is key in anything. It is vital in any relationship, whether it be professional, romantic, or platonic. Communication simply makes people feel heard and appreciated and is something I try to actively incorporate in my daily interactions.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Brian, Chris and I recently finished shooting a movie called Be Like Trees which we filmed entirely on an iPhone. We have submitted the film to several of the major film festivals. In addition, I started a painting company called “Canvas Assassins” with Brian, and I’m currently working on my first gallery.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I met Bill Gates once and I was amazed at how nice he was. Not that I thought he wouldn’t’ be nice, but come on… it’s Bill Gates. I was bartending at an event in New York in 2005 and Mr. Gates walked around the whole venue and personally shook everyone’s hand, including the staff. It was just really nice seeing someone so affluent, so humble.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

The biggest thing I try to always implement in my life is grit. It’s easy to get bogged down in the mud creatively, and its important to keep throwing logs in the fire. Meaning, once you stall out in whatever you’re working on, it’s okay to move on to something else. It helps reignite the passion for the project you left briefly and also allows for perspective.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

The movement that I feel most ardent about would tackle the water crisis in the world. Life happens with water. Knowing that there are places in this world currently that doesn’t have clean running water is absolutely unacceptable. It is a priority and should be treated as such. I know people have and can donate, but what I’m talking about is a complete abolition of humans experiencing water insecurity.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

  1. I wish someone would’ve told me how long it takes to become successful because let me tell you, it’s hard pursuing something that seems so daunting, especially when you know quitting is not an option.
  2. I wish I ‘d saved more money at an earlier age.
  3. To be honest, I don’t think anyone should be told 5 things to look out for in the beginning. I believe each person has his or her own path and failing is almost as important than success.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Be the last person to speak.” I watched a random Facebook post and it discussed the advantages of being the last person to speak. When one is the last to speak, one is able to hear everyone else’s thoughts, opinions, and suggestions while supporting everyone’s contribution and voice. This allows you to situate yourself in a powerful position to be reflective and congenial. You know, God gave us two ears and one mouth, so maybe we should listen twice as much as we speak.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

I would have to say my parents. They never doubted me in anything, especially following my dreams. They have ALWAYS supported me in my decisions I love them dearly for it.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Lori Greiner. I have a product that I know would sell out on QVC… and I mean a ready-to-go product.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

My handle across the board is @jordaneubanks23

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