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Meet Mary Flynn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Flynn.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in a small town in Maryland to a lower-middle-class family before moving out to Los Angeles. I always had a desire to entertain at a very young age, but I think what really gave me the desire and the drive to be an artist, a performer, and a comedian, was grounded in bullying. I had a close friend die when I was 12 years old and it brought out this period of depression or what I’ve referred to as the definitive line of when my childhood was over. While coping through this sadness, I was bullied by a lot of my peers who didn’t understand. That period ended when I started watching Whose Line is it Anyway and actively doing improv and then later acting in a production of Aladdin when I was in middle school. From there it blossomed into a true passion for comedy and acting and knowing that this is something I wanted to for the rest of my life. Then came Tampon Talk with Mary, a podcast I created that uses mensuration, something that I was also bullied for or scorned for as a comedic and progressive tool for positive discussion. And thinking back to that period of sadness and where I am now, art really saved me, and gave me back my lost period of childhood.

Please tell us about your art.
I love to act whether it be stage, screen, sketch, improv or stand up but my baby has been Tampon Talk with Mary. It’s the podcast that “aires one a month,” and it’s a comedic podcast that aims to remove the negative stigma around talking about menstruation and women’s reproductive health. I grew up in an environment where this topic was really taboo, which is just horribly unfair right? Half the population is expected to literally suffer in silence at the convince of people who want to ignore it. Personally, my periods are horrible and I am never prepared when it comes around, so I thought that having a platform to express my personal dismay would be funny for someone. Maybe even sharing my human experiences would normalize the conversation, giving everyone the freedom to have this discussion too.

And back when the show was made, I could never have imagined how it would have grown so much. I think we live in a time were period positivity is coming out of the woodworks; the conversation has opened up so much. We live in a time where we don’t have to hide our tampons in our sleeves; period dialogue is now open and inclusive. I think Tampon Talk really thrives in this societal acceptance today because of these factors; the show has something for everyone. I want people to take away from Tampon Talk that (1. periods can be laughable without shame, (2. that a healthy dialogue around our reproductive health is important and (3. Tampon Talk is a home for everyone, chances are there is someone like you that has sat down and talked with me and if they haven’t there is an open invitation to come on the podcast and talk. It was also really important to me that the show was available on as many platforms as possible so that it’s not limited to just one place. I wanted it to be as easy as a simple Google search and I think that it has been.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
You gotta want it bad and be willing to maybe have to do things you don’t like in order to build up to your artistic goals. So yeah, you gotta work the extra shifts at your part-time job that you hate if it means you’ll finally have enough to buy that new camera or new microphone you’ve been looking at for months. I was a maid and cleaned homes for rich people, I worked three jobs at the same time to save for college. Order your life to meeting your artistic goals and you’ll have them. And surround yourself with people that will help you and love you. I’m so grateful to my family and friends for their continuous support for what I’m doing. After all, Dr. Frank N. Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show once said, “Don’t dream it, be it.”

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Tampon Talk with Mary is pretty much again on everything: iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Youtube, Player FM, Android podcast apps, basically wherever podcasts are streamed. Our social media to get get the buzz around the show is on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @tampontalkwmary. And the best support comes from people spreading the word about the show and further pushing this healthy and fun dialogue about periods and reproductive health. Feedback and personal stories for the show are also always welcomed via email tampontalkwithmary@gmail.com. That would be the best form of support right now.

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Preston Yarger

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