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Meet Glenn Marsden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Glenn Marsden.

Hi Glenn, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My story began just over 18 months ago to where I am today running two areas of business.

I sadly lost a friend to mental health struggles and wanted to implement change so began utilizing my passion of photography, film and music plus story-telling to bring to light the ‘Imperfectly Perfect Campaign’ to begin disrupting social media ‘highlight’ reels and corporate silence in aims to get people speaking up about their struggles with mental health to normalize it. Within that first year whilst putting one foot in front of the other and studying, plus working full time I learnt how to network properly, marketing, do press releases, media kits, advertising and just kept pushing forward with faith. Within 12 months, it had become one of Australia’s most publicized initiatives to gain international attention.

Fast forward 18 months on, I run the imperfectly perfect which is an organization around changing the culture and narrative around Mental Health which gained international attention in under 12 months with the backing of some of the world’s most influential public figures from celebrities to professional athletes to corporate leaders. We provide global awareness initiatives, corporate workshops and programs, International Roundtable Discussions with a panel of celebrities, corporate leaders and professional experts in the field of Mental Health and Wellbeing and we have a highly acclaimed Podcast named the ImperfectlyPerfect podcast which can be found on all major podcast platforms. We are currently moving into the tech arena so watch this space!

I also run my own consulting business by which from the magnitude of me taking my organization international and scaling it so fast, organizations and businesses began reaching out wanting me to share my knowledge and expertise with them and their teams. I also began transitioning my skills into working with high-profile clients within the entertainment sector too in helping them build brand awareness, credibility and pr opportunities from Miss World Contestants to Musicians and Actors.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
To take an idea and run with it with the aim to take it to a global audience. There have been plenty of bumps in the road.

In saying that, those bumps have proved learning curves for me and now I can look back and see they were blessings on this journey of mine.

Gaining so much publicity and scaling something so fast, at times I was running before I could walk. I needed to slow down and build a team around me so that I could pull back and gain the clarity on my vision to keep it moving forward.

When it comes to building anything, the main struggles I had and I see many have come down to ourselves and our beliefs.

Do we think we can do this? Are we good enough? Are we willing to let go of the ego and get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Yes, there will be struggles in terms of the building blocks of business of course. But these, I have found are easily managed by reaching out and asking for help.

The real struggles tend to be ourselves holding US back.

Are we willing to ask for help when struggling? How much do we actually believe in ourselves?

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am predominately known for being the CEO and Founder of the Imperfectly Perfect Campaign due to the sheer size and attention the organization has gained and the speaking opportunities I have gained around the world to talk about it. For which I am truly grateful for.

I would say what I am most proud of is having resilience.

To say over 18 months ago, I was comfortable in my managerial role within the health and fitness sector to then take a leap of faith and create something because I had such a strong sense and belief to do so after losing a friend to try and make a change in this world and create a legacy for my kids, our kids and future generations around Mental Health – that is something I hold close to my heart.

I had no prior experience in working or associating with some of the world’s most recognized faces in entertainment or sport or the corporate world. I had no prior experience with marketing, press releases, media kits, digital marketing let alone experience in scaling something internationally.

I think this ultimately is what sets me apart. I own who I am. I work hard, I remain humble but mostly, I lead with humility.

Because we are always learning and there will always be people we meet along our journey that teaches us a lesson.

I show and talk of transparency because I also want to show people if I could do this, so could you.

I didn’t start with knowing anybody or having additional funds to pay for marketing or fancy podcast equipment. I became resourceful. I used what I had and the main gift being a voice.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
It’s a funny thing to actually look back and think on this question because one for me that always sticks out is something that has clearly come full circle into what I do now.

I always loved creating and telling stories through my artwork at school and I remember so vividly that come to my presentations, no matter what subject matter we were doing I would create a story around the subject and use photography to convey the story through a visual medium.

It always sticks out in my mind because it is funny how the universe works.

Who would’ve known what I did when I was a child would ultimately become an organization helping people all around the world which stemmed from me utilizing photography to shoot some of the world’s most recognized faces to show their truths, they’re behind the scenes – their story!!

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Image on set – The Daily Edition (Credit 7plus) Image with my 2 children – The Daily Edition (7plus)

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