In what she describes as an "old boy's network," Nan Warshaw started out in Chicago's bar scene. "It would have helped if there had been more women at that time, but it certainly didn't stop me."
Warshaw founded Chicago-based record label Bloodshot Records in 1993, alongside Rob Miller and Eric Babcock. The three bonded over their shared passion of country music, going on to found a label that's showcased some of the music industry's most influential folk, punk rock and alt-country musicians, like Murder By Death, Lydia Loveless and Old 97's.
"Bloodshot Records really was a passion. We had meetings in bars, and took notes on cocktail napkins," she tells Start TV. "It was what we loved." Warshaw made it possible to work and have a family as well, telling about how when she had a child, she brought him to work every day with her for his first year. "If you can create your own environment, it gives you that flexibility to do it your way."
Hear Warshaw's advice for following your passions in the video below: