We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Lenzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Well, I’ve always bounced between tv production work (host producing, writing) and voice over work throughout my years in LA. Sometimes it’s busy, sometimes it’s not, there can be significant down time. I started thinking of launching a business that might be an earner thru quiet patches, but that also could generate income on it’s own. A little coffee shop sounded nice, but ultimately I started Bif Bang Pow!, because I’d seen a turn coming in the pop culture world. By 2007, any and every property was a possible collectible, not just genre titles. The timing felt right.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I guess I’ve always known what it is I wanted to do, from the time I was a kid. I always got in trouble for being the class clown and making kids laugh, loved writing short stories, always did silly voices when I told stories and loved all of the movies, shows, music, toys and general pop culture that I grew up with. So I always knew I probably wasn’t going to have a steady office job for 40 years, and that I’d be doing something creative. How I was going to achieve that? Had NO idea. (And neither did the career counselors!). I suppose all I ever really had to go on was self belief, the fact that I meant it, that I couldn’t envision an alternate outcome and my confidence. Which is essential, so long as it’s not bordering on delusion. I think one of my strengths has always been knowing what my abilities are, and believing it was all going to work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, man. Great question. We are now, of course, living in a pre and post Covid narrative, so let’s just say if everything was as it should be…Now that Amoeba has re-opened in Hollywood, we’d have to make that a stop early in the day, maybe more shopping at the Grove/Farmer’s Market, and then a visit to Golden Apple or Secret Headquarters for comic book browsing. One of the things I love most about living in LA is going to see live shows. Concerts, art installations, comedy, events of all kinds, from the Troubador to the Fonda to the Hollywood Bowl, if a band is gonna tour they’re going to come to LA. So, I’d then take my pal to Musso & Frank (my absolute favorite spot in LA) for drinks and dinner, then catch a show/concert and drinks after it at a nice outdoor spot, like Edendale. I’m assuming after all of that that breakfast out/a coffee shop would be mandatory the next morning.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well, Bif Bang Pow! is a partnership, Jason Labowitz (owner of Entertainment Earth) has worked on all of the product lines with me, and BBP! certainly benefits greatly from the exposure EE brings, especially at the annual pop culture mega-event San Diego Comic Con every summer.