Farah Joan Fard is a writer, media manager/producer, and performer. She currently works as a licensing and creative acquisitions manager, and as a freelance writer. You may have seen her writing in Marie Claire, Sonicbids, Performer Magazine, the Village Voice, Blast Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine, XOJane, CollegeXpress, and more. She has provided commentary for CityWide Blackout, Cincy Plugged In, the Movie Matters Podcast, and the 2014 Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop comments and poll.
She created the Music Careers Project on her blog after being laid off twice in less than a year, in hopes of conducting professional interviews with those in the music and audio industry, the field she had just left. These profiles included someone who’d worked on a film she’d loved as a kid (Katherine Quittner), someone who was touring with one of her favorite bands (Brandon Gilliard for Janelle Monae), someone whose career took some time to develop and succeeded (Creed Bratton), and ended the project with Clint Mansell in November of 2013. The final list of profiles can be found here.
Since then she has been volunteering as a mentor, and teamed up with the SAG Foundation and BookPals. She drums in the indie jazz band, Savoir Faire, led by Sarah Fard, who was named a finalist in the RAW Artist Awards in Boston in 2011, and was listed as Citywide Blackout’s Best of 2012 Performances.
She is a 2009 graduate from Emerson College, where she majored in media production, focusing on music through Berklee College. She worked behind the scenes with the art department for student films while at Emerson, as well as on camera for independent films and features. She is just as comfortable giving a speech or a presentation as she is performing improv or singing “Part of Your World” to a group of strangers, so watch out!
This blog is named after her favorite rudiment, the paradiddle. She would have named the site after something else she likes, but didn’t want to name it Star Wars, Baked Goods, Cats! Dot com.
In the meantime, check out her latest, an investigative piece for Marie Claire magazine.