We had the good fortune of connecting with Bre Podgorski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bre, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When the pandemic hit, thousands of entertainers lost their jobs, including myself. We were forced to look for a way to translate our acts online in order to somehow keep making money during this world wide crisis. Live stream solutions were available for musicians, but interactive entertainers such as comedians, improv troupes, magicians and more, were left with having to produce shows on Zoom, which provides better interaction than live streaming but is not built for entertainment. When my business partner and I tried to produce our own shows on Zoom, we knew there had to be a better solution for translating interactive live shows online. When we couldn’t find any, we decided to create our own.
That’s how ShoCast was born. We’re a virtual venue made to host interactive live entertainment online – kinda like if Zoom and Twitch had a baby that went to performing arts school. Our platform allows entertainers to see, hear, and interact with their audience in real time with tools to easily manage performers, enabling them to create a valuable (and monetizable) experience online.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
ShoCast is a labor of love born out of the pain we felt at not being able to perform during the pandemic. My co-founder and I, both veterans of the entertainment industry, started out by creating a virtual entertainment company called ‘LiveSounds’, where we produced live virtual shows for corporate clients. But as we continued to gain traction as a company, we recognized that the tools we were using to produce fun, audience interactive shows were working against us rather than helping us make the shows better. We knew that other entertainers must be feeling the same pain that we were, so we started talking to them. Dozens of interviews later, we identified exactly what needed to be built to solve our problem and started building it. We’re beyond stoked about ShoCast because it addresses the issues that so many entertainers are having in regards to creating truly interactive shows online. Our goal is to empower entertainers to make virtual entertainment a part of their offering, helping them save money by nixing travel expenses for gigs, allowing them to stay home more often to build into their relationships, as well as empower them to do more shows for a broader audience. We aren’t looking to replace live shows, just give performers another way to make money doing what they love. We believe virtual entertainment is the future and we can’t wait to help shape what that looks like for years to come.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Coffee Commissary in Burbank Anything in the Arts District downtown
The Brand Library
Check out Things to do in LA for more places to check out! https://www.ttdila.com/
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This Shoutout is dedicated to the ShoCast team and all the people working with us to make this dream a reality.
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