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Meet Jo Bozarth of Her Process in Highland Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jo Bozarth.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As an actor and a writer, I’m very curious about people, so much, so that I actually love airports because I can sit and watch people and dream up their stories in my head.

I was chatting with an artist friend of mine, illustrator Nancy Mungcal, one day over coffee, about how I always wonder what makes different artists tick. Why and how do they do what they do? How are we, as artists, similar? How are we different? What can we learn from one another? Nancy had the same thoughts. So, why not seek out artists I admire and respect, and just ask? And why not record it all so that we can all benefit? And so, my podcast, Her Process, was born.

I wanted to interview female artists because I do believe in community over competition. It’s more than just a popular hashtag. We’re starting from a common ground and it’s important that we learn from one another, and lift each other up.

I record the podcast out of my house in Highland Park, as residents of Highland Park do (I’m looking at you, Marc Maron). My guests come over, we have coffee and snacks, and we chat. Sometimes, the conversation is funny, sometimes it’ll make you cry, but you’ll always come away feeling inspired to create.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When I decided to start the podcast, I chose a start date of January 2016. The only problem was that I decided this in November of 2015 and I had absolutely no idea how to record a podcast.

So, I did hours of research to figure out a system that worked for me. There are countless ways to podcast… different mics, different ways to upload to iTunes, different websites that are podcast friendly, etc. It took a lot of research, and for some people that is daunting, and I get that. So, I put my “how to podcast” recipe on the Her Process website.

Oh, and I just had a baby in March! So, I’ve taken a little hiatus. Since I record my show at home, I’m navigating how to do so with a little person that can make big noise at any given moment. We’re figuring it out, and I’m currently recording new episodes that will go live in June. I’m coming back with a series on collaboration and will be featuring two guests on the show, as opposed to my usual one on one conversations. I’m super excited about it!

Her Process – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I think what sets my show apart from other podcasts is that I do in-person interviews. So many podcasts do Skype calls, and I’m not knocking that at all. But, living in a city like LA, with a wealth of artists of all disciplines all over town, there’s no reason not to talk face to face. It sounds better, technically, and it just makes for a warmer and much more open conversation.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success, for me, is being able to enrich someone else’s life and being able to make a difference in some small, and hopefully lasting way.

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