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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 72 PAGEANTRY 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 target audience. 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.