Jason Hodges is the Executive Director of the Anchorage Concert Association, a role he's been performing for more than eleven years. He focuses on expanding the reach of the Anchorage Concert Association, giving as many people as possible in the community exposure to the performing arts. He says his favorite part of the job is the end of a performance when the audience applauds: "While that applause is not for me--it's for the artist on the stage--I take a moment to experience it and take a piece for myself because we were a small part in helping put the audience together with the artist to create that magic, that moment of community--and it's a great moment."
Alaska Business: What do you do in your free time?
Jason Hodges: For the last couple of years photography has been something I've been really passionate about. Cooking is another huge one.
AB: Is there a skill you're currently developing or have always wanted to learn?
Hodges: There was a period of time right after college when I was taking piano lessons, but then the woman who was teaching the class wanted me to do a recital... and I just wanted to learn, so I kind of gave it up then. [Playing] piano is something I wish I'd done or could learn without having to find 10,000 hours to achieve mastery, as Malcolm Gladwell would say.
AB: What is your go-to comfort food?
Hodges: Buffalo wings--I've had them in so many places all across the world, and there is an amazing little place in Portland [Oregon] called Pok Pok that has amazing Asian-style wings.
AB: Other than your current career, if you were a child today, what would your dream job be?
Hodges: A writer.
AB: What's your favorite way to exercise?
Hodges: I try to do an hour-and-a-half walk every night after work just to go out and clear my head. I also...