Jason Mendelson: Criminal Justice Reform, Music, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry


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24th Feb 2022

Jason Mendelson: Criminal Justice Reform, Music, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset

Today’s guest is musician, songwriter, author and criminal justice reformer Jason Mendelson. Jason currently releases music under the artist name Jace Allen, with all proceeds of his musical career going to benefit various organizations in the criminal justice reform ecosystem. Jason has co-founded two different organizations that help people transition from prison to home with the goal of drastically reducing recidivism rates. Prior to this latest season of his life, Jason has had careers as a start up founder, venture capitalist, lawyer, and professor. We chat about the changes needed in the criminal justice system, how music builds confidence, and why the entrepreneurial mindset applies to much more than just business.

In this episode we'll dig in on...

  • Recognizing and taking advantage of "luck"
  • Life as an improve
  • The best model to increase successful returns to home for formerly incarcerated individuals
  • The United States is the most incarcerated country in the world
  • Being an underdog guy
  • Working in criminal justice reform since 2015
  • Flipping the hierarchy
  • The importance of resiliency
  • Leaning on the visible success of others to inspire change in people
  • Entrepreneurs vs Musicians
  • Training people in the prison system and how that transforms you
  • Being thankful for adversity and learning from your failures

Learn More About Jason Mendelson...

Website: https://jaceallenmusic.com/

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

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

Jace Allen on Spotify

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Guest: Jason Mendelson

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Travis Ference

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
Insightful conversations about building and maintaining a fulfilling and successful career in the music industry. Music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, songwriters, musicians, composers and various other audio professionals sit down and share the tips, tricks, mindsets and ideas that helped them define their careers.

Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business.

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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.