Launching PodcastTown

His love of audio turned side hustle into a full time job helping others launch and grow their own podcasts

Tim Cigelske
Jan 15 · 3 min read
“I was sick of corporate America, the restrictions on creativity and the resistance to trying new things.” — Elzie Flenard

In 2021 I’m featuring people on a Creative Journey during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is №3 in the series, featuring Elzie D. Flenard, III, Mayor of Podcast Town.

My creative venture is a podcast agency named Podcast Town, a full-service agency dedicated to helping our partners grow their podcast show, grow their audience and podcast easier.

I also host 3 shows: Enterprise NOW!, Life.Me and Podcast Town Throwdown. In 2021, I’ll also be writing some songs as well.

I was sick of corporate America, the restrictions on creativity and the resistance to trying new things. I’ve had a side-gig for most of my professional life and have wanted to go full-time the first chance I got. It got to the point where the pain of not doing what I was called to do became greater than the risk of the perceived “security.”

It got to the point where the pain of not doing what I was called to do became greater than the risk of the perceived “security.”

I have been a singer/songwriter for years. I have also performed live and even gotten paid in US dollars to sing! I did a grand total of 3 DJ gigs in my life and love meeting new people and hearing their stories. When I started my podcast, I fell in love with hearing the success stories of brilliant business minds. More importantly, I learned from their failures and how they overcame them.

To be honest. There are a lot of things I could list as obstacles. However, I’ve found that the biggest and most difficult obstacle is me. When I tap into my calling, my passion, my purpose and my path, no obstacle can get in the way. There is limitless potential!

Oh boy. Is this a trick question? I don’t want to name names because I will certainly miss someone but without mentors, coaches and family, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Oh yeah. I’ve had to constantly look at my business and the market and make sure I am aligned with what the market wants as opposed to what I think it wants. When COVID hit, my main method of marketing was face to face — “Shakin’ hands and kissin” babies” so I had to learn how to adjust and meet people.

Growth. Grow as a father, husband, friend and entrepreneur. We have some exciting projects coming up in 2021. An audiobook and year two of our Podcast Summit. We are also working on some community programs that I hope will make an impact.

I am most proud of the connections we help facilitate. We are all connected and if I can help people get a little closer to achieving their goals, I’m one happy dude.

Do it! It’ll never be the perfect time. You’ll never be completely ready. Plan as best you can and JUMP! Get coaches that believe in you and lean on your family and peer support systems.

I am passionate about meeting cool people and helping where I can. I enjoy hearing the stories of becoming and lessons people have learned in this life. We are born, we live, and we die. The value is left in the relationships we build and the impact we have on others.

Tim Cigelske is the author of The Creative Journey: A Timeless Approach to Discovery, which tells the stories of creative paths from all walks of life, including farmer, children’s author, comic book artist, Pixar animator and many more.

The Creative Journey

A timeless path to discovery

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