We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Fohl and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Liz, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks has been hugely important to me, not only in terms of career moves, but to my life in general. I firmly believe in going for things that are just out of your reach – – assuming you’re doing the work in the meantime to be ready to say “yes” when the opportunity comes. I think of it like cross-training. One that sticks out to me – My friend asked me to create custom instrumental work for a theme song for her podcast; I was unfamiliar with the formatting, didn’t typically do instrumental compositions, didn’t feel confident etc – but I knew I loved creating interesting textures and was enthusiastic about her topics, so I said yes. Not only did that lead to many many composition contracts for podcasts, but I’ve discovered something I really love doing. It’s a cathartic break from my other writing, specifically because it is 100% vibe and has no lyrics, which was very much out of my comfort zone at the time.

For me, I took risks jumping into a variety of interesting things that came my way. I learned quickly, I adapted, and now those are some of the things I enjoy the most! I feel increasingly capable, because I’m constantly navigating new challenges. Some other big risks include leaving “sure thing” jobs that were no longer positive parts of my life. It’s scary to turn down work or leave a steady gig, but having developed multiple small income streams from several angles allowed me to eventually quit the big time commitment that was draining all of my time and energy. It can be scary, but if you do the work, it can be wonderfully life-changing!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I really love blending organic and inorganic sounds to create unique textures. I’m proud of my ability to genre shift, as well as my vocal capabilities for nailing the right sound for each project. There are some recent compositions I did for an upcoming ad campaign I’m especially excited to share once they’re public (think disco/pop)! Career-wise, I wouldn’t say the journey has been especially direct, but all of the different paths have coalesced to a relatively well-rounded work/life balance!

If I had to pick what I want people to know about me and my work right now – it would be my enthusiasm for the connection music provides. I take great care to make sure whatever sound I’m creating for an ad, a personal moment, a tv show, another artist, or for my own original project genuinely communicates the idea/emotion.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve lived in Los Angeles for just about 11 years now and I love it very much! In prior years here I would plan a mega-day bouncing all over the city (including some fish n chips from Malibu Seafood, running across PCH Frogger-style to eat on the beach, followed by Super Soul Mondays in Hollywood or 7Grand in DTLA on Tuesdays). But nowadays, especially after spending a year at home, I would just like to walk around my neighborhood, pick up a few food items from my favorite spots here on the east side (Mason’s Dumplings, Joy Noodle, Tennessee Hot Chicken on York, Slasher Pizza), and then eat them all on my little quarantine deck!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a ton of people who have been hugely important to me across different part of my life, but one that comes to mind right now is Lauren LoGrasso. She is that friend who encouraged me to write music for her podcast, launching a whole new facet of my career that I love very much. Not only did she see that capability in me when I wouldn’t have myself, she’s unbelievably supportive, thoughtful, and passionate. She is a fantastic example of saying yes to things and working your tail off to do that thing. She produces many award-winning podcasts (including the aforementioned Unleash Your Inner Creative), writes and releases original music, acts, and finds ways to have a lot of fun doing it all!

Website: www.lizfohl.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizfohl

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizfohl/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizfohl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizfohlmusic/

Image Credits
All photos by Liz Fohl except white background, holding guitar, black top, standing = Chris Ruggiero

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