Jordan’s swift ascent into the design industry has made her a role model for young aspiring creatives, though her path was anything but linear. As she avows in her popular Skillshare Original course for digital illustration, “It’s not a one-day process to finding your own way. It’s something you’re always doing and discovering. It’s more of a process than picking up a pencil or tablet and saying, ‘Hey, I have this style and now I’m lit!’ It doesn’t work like that.”
A career in the arts wasn’t always in the cards. As an undergraduate at the University of Alabama, Jordan pursued a major in Criminal Justice, and a double minor in Computer Science and Political Science, with the aim of working in law or government. By the end of her third year, she was on the track to graduate early. Then a requisite summer internship for her major—with the FBI, of all places — led her to an unexpected lightbulb moment. Looking through floor plans at work, she encountered Adobe Illustrator for the first time and left the internship experience with more curiosity about design than the job at hand.