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Sparta Alum Jen Fodor: Hollywood Creative Force

By: Ella Emmons and Peyton Popma

Sparta alum Jen Fodor (2000) is a producer, filmmaker, and songwriter who has recently earned special recognition in Los Angeles for her short film, The Dancing Man of L.A. She has a director credit on the film and also co-wrote an original song for the project, which earned a Grammy nomination.

She recently sat down with Spartan News personality Kelsey Brott and had great advice for up and coming content creators. “I loved Spartan News (Sparta High School's Broadcast News Class), definitely where the spark for being a director came from,” Fodor said. After Fodor graduated from Sparta High School, she continued her education at Grand Valley State University for film production.

Eventually, with hard work, determination, and fearlessness, she went off to live in Los Angeles. “I had a few friends in L.A that showed me the ropes, and I started to put myself out there more with filming. I also had a flexible job, so if a filming opportunity came up I could take it,” she said. She's even had the opportunity to work red carpets before premieres and major events in Los Angeles!

High school teachers were excited to recognize awesome work: "I'm glad we are starting a tradition of recognizing excellence in the community and beyond from our alums. Jen is an all-star and there are many more shiny lights out there for Sparta," English Teacher Jane Wyckoff-Kingshott said. Find Fodor's podcast at ilovemusicpodcast.


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