Biography

Jorian Clair began her theatrical career as a stage actress and singer at age six. During her adolescence, she continued to perform leading roles in plays produced at the Pasadena Playhouse and Wilshire Ebell Theatre, as well as "little theatre" productions throughout the Los Angeles area.

A native of Texas, Los Angeles became home base for Jorian during her years of extensive traveling, and it was here that she graduated from a private high school at age 15. A year later, Jorian's adventurous nature landed her in a Central American jungle in Honduras and a stay in the village of Trujillo on the Caribbean coast. She then journeyed to the

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country's capital city, Tegucigalpa. Unable to find work there as an actress, she launched a career as a cabaret singer. The success of this venture led to her own twice weekly radio show on a CBS affiliate, which broadcast throughout Central and South America, and Mexico. But the show catapulted Jorian into a celebrity status for which, at age 17, she felt unprepared.

She returned to the United States and took a hiatus from show business while earning a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Psychology. This was followed by a career in journalism until she again succumbed to the adventurous side of her nature. This time Jorian ended up in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, where she knew no one and had no job. So she resumed what she refers to as "survival singing," which she performed in a nightclub at one of a chain of luxury resort hotels. Once again, her voice and singing style set her on a path toward fame. And once again, Jorian decided against being placed in a theatrical spotlight, and instead chose to return to her career in writing.

As a journalist, Jorian earned many national awards and commendations for her nonfiction feature articles in newspapers and trade magazines. Further recognition came when her contemporary fairy tale for children, "The Crooked Little Christmas Tree," took third place in the Writer's Foundation contest category America's Best Children's Picture Books. In addition, one of her screenplays, "Tokyo Cowboy," took fifth place out of more than 13,000 entries in an international competition sponsored by the foundation.  She subsequently withdrew the script from the market to write the story as a mainstream novel. (She has made the as-yet unpublished manuscript available on her web site.) Jorian is now rewriting the screenplay for future return to the film market, and has left her career as a journalist to concentrate on the writing of novels, screenplays and songs.

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Jorian, who lost her sight to a genetic disease of the retina in the year 2000, has never allowed her "invisible disability" to interfere with her goals as a writer and martial artist (see below); however, the reduced mobility imposed by blindness has kept her away from acting and public singing. She uses a PC with a standard keyboard for her writing; adapted computer technology combined with a special software program provides her with a screen reader that she calls "Rocco," which enables her to continue in her profession as a writer.

Over the years, Jorian would sometimes create the lyrics and melodies for songs and "musical monologues" as a creative way for expressing her reactions to what was going on in her life. Only a few family members and close friends knew of her private songwriting

endeavors, but it was in response to their constant urging that Jorian finally made a tape of seven of her original songs. The recording was done on a living-room tape deck and Jorian sang a cappella. Little did she know that when she asked composer/orchestrator William V. Malpede to transfer the tape onto a CD, his reaction to her voice and songs would encourage her to make a professional extended play recording of the seven original songs and musical monologues. These works are now available to the public for the first time on her CD, "Lost and Found."
Through the years, Jorian developed an additional passion and goal: She wanted to achieve a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, the ancient Korean form of martial arts. When she lost the last of her sight at the orange belt level, Jorian refused to allow blindness to end the pursuit of her martial arts goal. With her instructor, she developed a system for training blind. Today, she is a senior red belt, only one test away from the opportunity to qualify for a Black Belt classification. (She has temporarily suspended her martial arts classes to concentrate on projects that require her immediate attention.)

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