Creating Entertainment to Affect Change

Posted by Mike Biselli on 8.10.2020

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Welcome to episode sixty-six of Passionate Pioneers!

Everyone has a story to tell. And sharing whatever creative content you have can make a huge difference, especially when your audience are people living with chronic illness.

Storytelling can help people with chronic illness and rare diseases to move from a sad narrative to a more hopeful one where they can see themselves as people who have manageable chronic disease.

In this episode, I’m joined by Patrick James Lynch, CEO of Believe LTD and host of Bloodstream Media. He shared with us how he and his team create engaging stories that positively impact people with chronic and rare disease, as well as his personal experience with loss and triumph, and his personal journey of living with severe hemophilia.

Join me as we dive into how Patrick turned Believe LTD into a sustainable business and why they create content to make a difference in the world!

Episode Highlights:

  • Hobbies and activities that Patrick enjoys outside of his work at Believe LTD
  • Patrick talks about his work at Believe LTD and their mission 
  • Content is King: What it means and why?
  • How Believe LTD is serving the community of hemophilia and other chronic rare diseases
  • How Patrick turned Believe LTD into an actual and sustainable business
  • Always keep the end-users in mind when doing business
  • The most important thing to consider when creating authentic content

About Our Guest:

Patrick James Lynch is a filmmaker, media professional, and globally-recognized health advocate who has delivered more than 100 presentations, all around the world. 

He’s been recognized with the Hemophilia Federation of America’s (HFA) Health & Wellness Award (2013), the National Hemophilia Foundation’s (NHF) Meritorious Service Award (2014), was a featured speaker during World Federation of Hemophilia’s (WFH) World Congress (2016, 2018), is an executive producer of Save One Life’s 2020 content campaigns, has served as founding board president of the 501(c)(3) Entertainment 2 Affect Change since 2013, and since 2011 has been the CEO of Believe Limited. His work has been featured by Backstage, BuzzFeed, Forbes, Fox News, HemAware, Hemophilia News Today, HuffPo, PBS, Reuters, VoyageLA, and elsewhere.

Film credits include documentaries Bombardier Blood (director/producer; EP Alex Borstein), My Beautiful Sutter (EP; also EP: Paul Rudd), Poster Child (director/producer, in production), and the scripted films Elsewhere (director/actor; Best Picture HRIFF; Best Ensemble NYCIFF) sometimes, i think about dying (EP, Sundance 2019, Oscars 2020 shortlist), and Ryan’s Mom (producer/writer, in development w/ Jersey Films).

Notable digital content includes the comedy web series “Stop The Bleeding!” (9 seasons; numerous awards; bi-lingual), The BloodStream Podcast (creator/host, also founder: BloodStream Media), and Hemophilia: The Musical, an original 6-song musical, co-created with teen participants (original cast recording streamable on website!)

Bleeding disorders programs of note include the arts workshop Breaking Through!, the youth empowerment program Teen Impact Awards, and the interactive & educational The Science Fair.

Patrick can be seen as an actor in the Amazon Prime series Baker’s Dozen and he occasionally writes about mental health and other things at patrickjameslynch.com.

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