Today we’d like to introduce you to Jen Fodor.
Jen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Music had always been an underlying current in my life. I’ve loved seeing live music as long as I can remember. The first show I went to was Barbara Mandrell with my mom at the country fair in Michigan where I grew up, and I can still remember how amazing it was seeing live music for the first time. I studied film and video production in college and then worked as a shooter/producer for MTV and on a few documentaries. But my heart was still with music and I was looking for a way to support my friends who were musicians. I realized that my producing skills could translate to working as an artist manager, and I started working with some talented bands.
For the past few years in LA, I’ve been working in television production. About three years ago, I decided I needed a creative outlet for my love for music beyond going to shows regularly. I thought why not start a music podcast? I love talking with people. I love music. So the I Love Music Podcast with Jen Fodor was born!
Has it been a smooth road?
Doing a podcast on your own is challenging, especially if you have a full-time job. I first started doing the podcast every other week and slowly realized I needed to do one episode a month since I am a one-woman show. I book the talent, do the interviews, produce, and edit each episode. It takes a lot of my free time, but I love doing it, so that’s kept me going.
It has been smooth as far as finding people to interview. People are very generous with their time and their stories. I’m so grateful for all the people who have agreed to sit down with me and be open about their lives.
Please tell us about I Love Music Podcast with Jen Fodor.
I started the I Love Music Podcast to inspire people who love music, to encourage people who work in the industry and to provide a platform for people to tell their stories. I interview all different types of people in the industry from musicians to roadies to producers to managers in order to get an in-depth perspective of the industry.
The music industry is a challenging place, and there are so many different ways people can be involved in it. Hearing what someone has been through, where they’re trying to go, and what advice they can share can be inspiring. I want listeners to be encouraged by each story no matter how they are related to music, whether they are a musician, music supervisor or a concert enthusiast. You never know what from your journey might be helpful for someone else to hear. We each have something to learn from one another.
Living in LA for more than ten years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of people in the industry, so I started the podcast by interviewing friends and then their friends. Since I started almost three years ago, my list of contacts has grown and so I’ve kept on interviewing!
From doing the podcast, I’ve gotten to meet and talk with some amazing people. I’ve seen how even though each story is unique, we’re all just trying to figure it out. Hearing that theme episode to episode is encouraging. There is a supportive community out there. It makes finding your own way seem less daunting.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
One of the greatest gifts of being a Producer, Podcaster and Artist Manager is getting to strategize with and support people where they are in their journey. I love to make things happen and to connect people with each other. When things align, it’s the best reward.
I started the podcast almost as a hobby to tie my interests together. I didn’t know how it would be received. I feel very humbled and excited that people are listening and participating and that it’s having an impact beyond what I imagined when I first set out.
- Website: http://ilovemusicpodcast.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jenfodor and @ilovemusicpodcast
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