Brittany Hodak is an award-winning entrepreneur and writer. She’s spent the past decade in New York City pursuing the intersection of her passions—storytelling, marketing, and music—but her perspective is still very much shaped by her small-town Oklahoma upbringing.
In 2011, Brittany launched ZinePak (pronounced ZEEN-pack) with co-founder Kim Kaupe to help music superfans connect with the artists they love. Since then, the company has grown from a two-person operation to a multi-million dollar, international entertainment company. Fans have purchased millions of ZinePak products across the world for almost 100 artists, including Katy Perry, The Beach Boys, Selena Gomez, KISS, and Kenny Chesney.
Brittany has been named to Advertising Age’s 40 Under 40 list, Inc.’s 35 Under 35 list, and Billboard’s 30 Under 30 list. She won a prestigious Stevie Award for Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year, was a finalist in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year competition, and has been recognized at the United Nations as one of the Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs in America two years in a row. In 2014, ZinePak was named Empact’s “Most Disruptive Company” at the United Nations ceremony for its role in redefining physical music.
Brittany’s obsession with building a career from her love of music began when she got a job as a radio station mascot in high school. She soon began writing articles and reviewing concerts for the station’s website, blogging before “blogging” was really a thing, and vowed never to get a “real” job. This experience helped her discover a passion for entertainment storytelling.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Central Arkansas, where she led friends in setting a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Christmas Stocking (a fun effort to collect thousands of toys for children in need), Brittany moved to New York to oversee retail marketing for Sony Music’s RED division. Next, she worked at a small marketing agency, designing and executing entertainment campaigns for clients including Johnson & Johnson, LG, and A&E Television Networks. Along the way, she earned her Master’s Degree in Marketing from CUNY Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business. She also picked up the entrepreneurial bug and decided to pursue an idea she’d believed in since college: that a new, physical configuration of music could be embraced. Luckily, the idea paid off, and ZinePak has helped open doors Brittany never even dreamed existed.
In addition to writing about entertainment and entrepreneurs for The Huffington Post, Brittany regularly writes about entrepreneurship for Forbes and about startup systems for WeWork. She has also contributed articles to Inc., Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and Success. In her free time, Brittany flexes her storytelling muscle—and reconnects with her Oklahoma roots—by pursuing her love of country music songwriting.