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Meet Jennifer Foster

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Foster.

Jennifer, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was a highly opinionated middle child from a New York Italian family. I tried a couple different ways of expressing myself, sports, painting, writing, dance, etc. and sort of meshed them all together eventually. I did musical theatre growing up. My favorite part of creating the production was the “sitzprobe” where the actors and orchestra go through the score together for the first time.

There was nothing more magical to me than seeing a large group of people channel their voices and instruments together into one giant piece. My friends say I am a “connector”, I love introducing people who I feel a natural energetic connection to, or feel that they would have one together. That is a large part of what I do. I feel like “where I am today” is bringing the people I love together through music.

Has it been a smooth road
Who has had a smooth road!?? No way man. I’ve been rejected so many times. I expect rejection before I expect to get the job, you know? I still receive character descriptions for roles that I audition for that describe a “sad, overweight, depressed girl.” or “unconventionally pretty” or “would be pretty if…” and I used to believe those were comments on me as a human. It’s been a bumpy road for me. My confidence has turned into depression sometimes, I’ve completely lost myself before. I turn to art to check back in with myself. My biggest struggles are in my own head. I know I am capable of anything, and that my art is beautiful and honest and authentic. I’m working on being my biggest cheerleader. I look cute in the outfit in my head too.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a vocal arranger, session singer, actress, writer, creative weirdo. I come from a family of artists. None musical, but all artists, painters, costume designers, writers, directors, photographers. I love collaborating with people. I say “I am all feels no theory” (although I am learning music theory, shouts to my guitar teacher Julian!) because I’ve never really studied music much. I get by with a stellar ear and lots of feelings.

I am most proud of the fact that I am reliable, efficient and care deeply for whatever project I am working on. I think my vocal arrangements set me apart from other people, and my ability to work with people and make them feel comfortable. I love the way I hear melodies, harmonies, movement in sound. The way I arrange sound feels like painting. I use instruments like paintbrushes and find such joy in their textures, colors, and feeling. Man, I’m such a nerd.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is a great city for art. So is any city. Every city is a great place to do art. I love California, nature inspires me. If you make an effort to be open and find a common connection with people, your life and art will be rich no matter the city. If you’re in LA, let’s art!! Find me on the web and stuff. We recorded my album completely live here in Los Angeles at The Village Studios at it releases on January 20th, 2020 on iTunes! The lack of shame in that plug just now…I amaze myself.

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Image Credit:
Alan Krespan
Chris Meissner

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