Today we’d like to introduce you to Jada Ford.
Jada, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
A graduate of Towson University School of Journalism, my first introduction to television was freelancing as an intern at Maryland Public Television. After college, I packed up my stuff and took a chance in Los Angeles, where I quickly landed my first job in Production on VH1’s Surreal Life. I now have over a decade of experience producing commercials, news and unscripted series for internet, cable, and network television. A few of my notable projects prior to Black Vintage Media include, Big Brother, Hell’s Kitchen, Black Ink Crew, Big Freedia, Tia and Tamera, Bad Girls Club, Dance Moms and various television networks, to include ABC, CBS, FOX, VH1, OXYGEN, DISCOVERY ID, E!, FUSE, LIFETIME, TV ONE, NEWS CHANNEL ASIA and more. In addition to developing projects with Black Vintage Media, I am collaborating with production companies and media professionals to bring audiences the best content around. When I am not at the office, you can catch me at home in Los Angeles hanging out with my family and rescue dog.
I run this business with my producing partner, and head of Development Lauren Scott. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University, School of Business & Industry. Her career started in management consulting while taking acting classes on the side. After meeting a music video director and producer while studying, she leaped into production, quickly moving from music videos, into commercials and then television. With a decade of experience, Lauren was the right choice to partner up with.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It most certainly has not been the easiest road. I took some time out from working in Reality television to focus on having a family. Unfortunately, when I made the decision to reenter the workforce, I couldn’t get a job to save my life. No one wanted to hire me, not even former employers, if they did, it was for a gig which would require me to live out of state for months at a time. Which for a wife and mother of two young children, that was unrealistic.
I saw this as a sign to start my own company. It was something I’ve always wanted to do but I was too busy working 12 or more hour days on set.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Black Vintage Media – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are a full-service production, development, and talent management company.
What I am most proud of about Black Vintage Media is that we specialize in content that uplifts people of color. We are not limited to just the African American community however, we do our best to showcase people like us in a more positive light.
We are always looking for projects, large or small, scripted, unscripted a concept, you name it. We want to help!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are always looking for ways to take Black Vintage Media to the next level. Whether it be finding a great story to tell or helping people pursue a career in the industry. We are are looking to expand the business and work with talents of all skill levels to make ‘Black Vintage Media’ a household name.
- Website: www.blackvintagemedia.com
- Email: Jada@blackvintagemedia.com