Jordan Lukrich

Media Arts & Animation

Media Arts & Animation Instructor
The Art Institute of Portland

Jordan Lukrich

Always try to push yourself to be better and learn more. Jordan Lukrich , Media Arts & Animation Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

Fourth grade. We had a small basket of paper on our desks so that we could solve math problems and such, but I always used it to draw. My teacher told me I had to stop using it for drawing, but said that I would probably do something amazing with my drawing.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

I give the students examples of real-world applications from things I have seen and learned out in the industry, from networking to finding jobs and the realities of what the job entails.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

Every class is taught the same way, so that I make plenty of time to have one-on-one time with each student. This way, none of them are lost, or fall behind. I tell the students that they need to push themselves outside of their comfort level, because that is where you learn and grow.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

Collaboration helps you realize that your idea is not the be-all and end-all solution. You have to work with others, hear other ideas, and take criticism well, because this industry revolves around other people telling you to change and adjust your work.  

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

To always try to push yourself to be better and learn more. I would much rather hire someone who has a slightly lower skill level, but is constantly open to learning and growing, than someone who is amazing but is closed off and stubborn. Best advice I give students is to just be a good person, because you work with these people all day long, and they want to surround themselves with someone positive.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you, your experience, or your role as a faculty member at The Art Institutes?

I love this job for many reasons, but I love that I am constantly getting new classes. It makes me push myself to learn more and to keep up with new things that are going on.