We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Flynn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I think speaking generally, one of the most important factors of what I consider my own personal success or the success of our podcast is authenticity. If you don’t thoroughly believe with all your being in the thing that you are pushing for, if you’re not passionate about it just won’t thrive. And through authenticity comes the humility of just doing something you love without striving for any particular outcome. The podcast that I host called Tampon Talk with Mary has been an excuse for me to meet new people and elevate their voices for a common goal. It’s something that I’ve always been passionate about and would do for free for the rest of my life. Opening dialogue and removing negative stigma around the discussion of menstruation, reproductive health, feminism, gender identity and the like, is something that we all should feel encouraged to have conversations about with each other. Whether they be serious, educational, candid or comedic, the first step is authentic dialogue and believing in a greater cause then yourself. I believe if you don’t have this you won’t be able to reach your definable success
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I guess I’m not necessarily looking for characteristics to describe myself that would set me apart from other artists but rather trying to find the ways in which I share a commonality with other artists or goals. I believe that at the core of my being is empathy and this desire to feel and connect with other people and I think that that is the truly defining factor of what I would consider my art. And I would say that the thing I am most proud of or excited about is when I am able to work on something or create something that either helps someone else’s voice be elevated that would otherwise be marginalized or if someone feels represented or honored through an expression of my own emotional journey. I find that in both my podcast work and my acting work is being able to be a servant to someone else’s story. I also think that this attitude of collaboration has helped me to be able to get to where I am professionally today. Rome was not built in a day, and I find that the more I connect with people, the further I am able to grow professionally. This of course does come with its own set of challenges as being able to find the right people who believe in you and your desire to create something greater than yourself are usually hard to come by. But when you find these people it makes the search, the long periods of waiting and the hard work worth it. One of my biggest challenges was being able to start a project such as Tampon Talk within a world that heavily stigmatizes the conversation around reproductive, gender, and feminist issues. There are still many people that wish that these topics were swept under the rug and not integrated into bigger discussions of our society. We cannot continue to thrive if we do not have a dialogue about these issues in a healthy way. I’ve also found that I desire for the world to be more empathetic but I get frustrated and impatient when it isn’t. At the end of the day, I would want the world to know that these issues or hardships that you face when you feel you are in the dark and alone are not only faced by you. And there are many artists and collaborators like myself who wish to bring your ideas, light and beauty to the forefront because your story deserves to be told in the same way that mine is if not more, and we all deserve empathy and love.
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.
No particular order I’ll probably just list off some of the amazing places I really enjoy here in the city! These were pre-Covid times, I would want to take my best friend a verse or some local comedy at The Ruby LA, it’s a really awesome inclusive feminist theater that was previously in west Hollywood but is now in downtown! They have been doing some online classes to get through Covid and you should definitely check them out! In terms of food I have come across a lot of different really awesome food spots in the city but one place where you can kind of get a taste of everything as the original farmers market in West Hollywood by the Grove. I know that area is pretty commercial but there is a food spot and they’re called Singapore banana leaf thin terms of food I have come across a lot of different really awesome food spots in the city but one place where you can kind of get a taste of everything is the original farmers market in West Hollywood by the Grove. I know that area is pretty commercial but there is a food spot in there called Singapore Banana Leaf amazing and the owners have been there for over 20 years. Food is authentic Singaporean food and the staff is amazing. Eggslut is also delicious I go to the one downtown it’s super fresh really good. There’s also a hidden 80s bar in Ktown that’s really cool and had a secret door to get in that I won’t say here it just has to be experienced but we’d do that for sure
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?
Some of the many organizations we’ve had the pleasure to bring on the show definitely deserve some recognition! Including the Desai foundation and the Homeless Period Project chapter in Baltimore Maryland as well as the other various organizations working to improve the lives of those who menstruate and actively fight against racial and sexist stigma!
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