Episode 63 - Jordan Wozy: Make Something Out Of Nothing


Jordan first appeared on the podcast for Episode 25 (2/22/17) where he talked about growing up in Indiana, dropping out of college to chase his passion and learning that people are always watching you even when you least expect it. Today he is the photo/video guy for Machine Gun Kelly. It’s safe to say a lot has changed in nine months. 

Wozy was first introduced to MGK back in May 17’ when he had an opportunity to work for him down in San Diego for a radio show after his recent album ‘Bloom’ dropped. He clicked well with him, the entire rest of the crew and he had proven that he could deliver the content that they needed. Next thing you know, he does a couple festival shows in the U.S. before he is flown to Europe with the gang and hasn’t stopped working with them ever since. 

What has changed the most about him is he’s a lot harder on himself than ever before. He spends more time on his work and analyzes every aspect of it before he shares it. His creativity has been pushed now that he’s in bigger environment but he loves what he does. Although he might be looking at everything through his camera lense, he’s capturing timeless moments that he will always be able to look back on.

In this episode Wozy discusses what it was like creating KellyVision Season 7, the 27 World Tour, seeing Linkin Park live before the passing of Chester Bennington, establishing his own style of work using yellow font, there is no such thing as a failure if you can learn something from it, how social media allows us to connect with people, a music video shot by him that is coming out soon and what the day-to-day life looks like on the road for him.

One of the big takeaways from this episode is making something out of nothing. Wozy enjoys the challenge when given minimal amount of resources to work with and finding a way to make it work. 

Podcast Outline (Time Markers For Audio Version Only)

  • Jordan Wozy first appeared on the podcast for Episode 25 (2/22/17)

  • Who is Jordan Wozy today? (4:00)

    • Photo/video guy for Machine Gun Kelly (MGK / Kells) , Originally from Indiana and moved out to Cali about 5 years ago

  • Got introduced to MGK when his album ‘Bloom’ dropped (5:15)

    • He needed someone to go to a radio show with him down in San Diego to shoot video/photos

    • Clicked well with the crew, delivered the content that was expected from him and went to Europe on a festival run with them

  • First thing Kells told him was to never miss a moment (8:25)

    • The setlists are the same for every show but you never know what is going to happen at their shows

  • What has changed the most since working with him is Jordan has gotten a lot harder on himself (10:00)

    • Spends more time on his work, overanalyzes things and is very specific with what he shares

    • Creativity has been pushed now that he is in a bigger environment

  • Documenting timeless moments is his job (13:40)

    • Although he’s looking at it through a lense he is still in the presence of it happening in real time

    • He enjoys being able to go back and revisit old photos/videos and relive these moments

  • KellyVision shows behind the scenes of what touring with the crew is like (14:35)

    • Jordan keeps away from the traditional tour videos and doesn’t show much of any of the stage performances

    • Wants to show fans what life is like on the road with them and the nonsense that happens

  • Three days in a row while in Europe they ran into issues with the Police (18:05)

    • Bus got searched, each person got stripped searched and MGK got arrested

  • 27 World Tour had shows in: UK, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, Norway & Russia (24:25)

    • Prague stands out the most to him. 3,000+ people chanting/screaming before Kells even hit the stage

    • The crew truly cares about the fans having the best experience and they do their best to make that happen

  • Supposed to go on tour with Linkin Park and after Chester passed away it was a wakeup call (29:33)

    • Big takeaway from this was that things can be taken away from us easily in life. How we react to these situations is really what defines us as a person.

  • Plans for the next couple months (35:25)

    • Music video directed by Wozy is coming out, ‘Homewrecker’ music video coming out, charity event / stadium show in Cleveland, New Zealand in beginning of 2018

  • Establishing his own content / style as Jordan Wozy product (38:37)

    • Didn’t go to school for any of this, follows what he thought was cool/dope and has developed with time

    • Brought back the yellow font in all of his images

  • One of Jordan’s best skills is to make something out of nothing (44:59)

    • No matter what he’s given he always find a way to make it work

    • It’s pushed his limits and helped him grow

  • Social media allows us to connect with people and gain insight on what people are doing (46:29)

    • Although we may never get a response we still can send a DM or tag someone in a post that they might actually see

  • There is no such thing as a “big failure” if you can learn something from it (52:03)

    • If you look at the situation differently you can see that there is always a takeaway that will help you for the next opportunity

    • Opinions from other people don’t matter

  • Day - to day routine of Jordan Wozy (56:40)

    • Work on photos / videos first thing in the morning, get the day going by 3/4pm, capture the crowd at 6:30 right before the doors open, communicate with the fans

  • Jordan Wozy’s purpose (63:49)

    • Wants his work to have a cool impact on the people that see it that can make people emotional

    • He wants the right people to see and appreciate his work

  • Ask Bobbbaaaay 1 question: How are you liking California? (70:24)

  • Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see? (73:25)

    • Direct his first major motion picture surrounded by the people he’s working with now

  • Where to find Jordan on social media

  • 2-3 pieces of advice for someone trying to find their passion/purpose (77:25)

    • Try different things because you don’t know until you try