personal advice ● beyond the spotlight
By Megan Alexander
Living out a
Passion Jordan Fowler is taking
“Going Green” to a new level
by using her charisma and
TV skills to educate her
peers on the environment
A s a former pageant contestant myself, I always
enjoy hearing how skills learned at a good, qual-
ity pageant have empowered someone to go
after a goal or dream job. Jordan Fowler is a
great example of this. As one of the current on-
air hosts of “Eco Company”, she is living out her dream job
of being a broadcast journalist at a very young age.
I recently chatted with this former Miss California Teen
and learned about how she got this fantastic job and why
she is passionate about saving our environment.
Q: How did you get the job with Eco Company?
A: Four years ago, when I was in the 8th grade, a pageant
friend heard about a new show, Eco Company, and learned
they were looking for high school aged hosts. I had recent-
ly decided to give hosting/broadcasting a chance, and want-
ed to try out. I sent in my information to audition. The
producer responded that I was much younger than the age
they were looking for, but told me I could audition if I
wanted to, just for the experience.
Well, I auditioned and got the part. This accomplish-
ment made me realize the power of believing in your
dreams. If you have a dream, you should do everything you
can to make that happen. Even when the boss discourages
you, let that be your motivation to go in and represent your
best self. It worked for me!
Q: What do you do as a host for the Eco Company?
A: I have learned it’s way more than just talking into a mi-
crophone. Over the last four years I have grown to realize
that there is far more to being a broadcast journalist than I
initially thought. As a host on Eco Company, I have many
different responsibilities. First and foremost—it is a lot of
work. My job is to professionally engage with the client or
subject by introducing and asking questions. And I need to
ask questions on the subjects in the most compelling and
engaging way possible.
At times I’ve had to step outside of my comfort zone and
as a result, I have become a more risk-taking, adventurous
person. For example, I have held 7-inch green walking
sticks, walked into a bat cave, eaten oil that was made in the
same way that fuel is made, and fed squirrel monkeys. This
show has given me the opportunity to do things that I
never would’ve done before and I am so grateful for every
second. When it comes to conducting interviews, it is al-
ways important for me to remember the young age of our
Since scientists tend to use words that children aren’t fa-
miliar with, I have to not only frame the questions clearly
so that the scientist responds with clear language, but also
voiceover the story in an entertaining and systematic way
that appeals to our audience.
In order to be a valuable member of the Eco Company
crew, it is important that I am able to help with other aspects
that fall outside of the “host” job description. I write my own
lines, shoot with a camera, and assist my crew. And this is
very satisfying. One of the biggest moments for me was hav-
ing the opportunity to ﬁlm my own story when I was se-
lected and trained to be part of Al Gore’s The Climate
Projects Inconvenient Youth group in Nashville, Tennessee.
That experience stretched me beyond my comfort zone.