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.
What is your creative venture?
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.
Why did you start when you did?
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.”
What background and skills helped you get going?
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.
What obstacles did you have to overcome?
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!
What mentors, allies or friends helped along the way?
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.
Did you have to pivot or change direction at any point?
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.
What are you focusing on now?
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.
What are you most proud of for this creative venture?
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.
After starting on this journey, what advice would you give others?
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.
Anything else to add?
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.