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Meet Patrick Lynch of Believe Limited in Hollywood/Los Feliz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Lynch.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the practice, why don’t you give our readers a few quick bullet points about you and your story.
-May 2007 Graduates Boston University’s School of Theatre w/ BFA in Acting. Signed w/ Harden Curtis Associates. One month before graduation, my 18-year-old brother dies from complications related to hemophilia (rare bleeding disorder).

-June 2007 Williamstown Theatre Festival Non-Equity Company Member. Worked with: Kate Burton, Roger Rees, Nichols Martin, Jason Butler Harner, Richard Kind, Alex Timbers, Dylan, and Becky Ann Baker, Ginnifer Goodwin, +++.

-February 2008 Humana Festival – Actors Theatre Louisville. Cast as titular character of a featured main stage play at US’s premiere, new play festival: “Gordo” in All Hail Hurricane Gordo by Carly Mensch.

-2008-2010 NYC-based, acting (nearly) full-time; off-Broadway and regional theater (Huntington, Cleveland Playhouse), television (Comedy Central, Nick Jr), film (supporting lead), music videos (Bon Jovi), print modeling, and commercials (Playstation, Versus Sports). Add’l credits available upon request. New theatrical representation: The Mine.

-2009-2010, Curveball! Introduced to Harm Reduction Center. Launched an “Our Stories: a drama therapy experiment” w/ the clinic’s drug-user clients. Conducted over 50 hours of interviews; adapted transcripts to documentary plays; cast, directed and produced three theatrical pieces at the clinic for the benefit of participants, peers, clinicians, and staff. Witnessed tremendous impact. Idea forms to create story-driven work to create community and identity support for young people with hemophilia, like my brother.

Concept for “Stop The Bleeding!” begins to develop. Will need funding. Decides to turn poker- a profitable hobby- into full-time money-making pursuit.

-August 2010-April 2011 – Ranked top .01% online tournament poker player in the world. Sponsored, major live tournament entries in France, Brazil, Bahamas+++. Online poker effectively banned from the US in April 2011. Need new money-making pursuit for “Stop The Bleeding!” New idea: pursue grant and sponsorship dollars with advocacy partners.

-August 2012 Partnered w/ filmmaker Ryan Gielen on developing concept and secured Season 1 budget. “Stop The Bleeding!’s” first three episodes to go live in February 2013.

-2013-Present “Stop The Bleeding!” resonates with the target audience: young patients and caregivers. Big success, Audience/patient community happy, Sponsor happy, Advocacy partners happy. Model for Believe Limited is born.

BELIEVE LIMITED specializes in producing story-driven content- podcasts, videos, photos, documentaries, original art, written copy- designed to address advocacy and educational needs in rare and chronic disease communities. #1 content producer and social media influencer in rare bleeding disorders. Client list available upon request. All business inquiries welcome. Believe has overseen production in 17 countries and across all seven continents.

My Role: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER of Believe Limited, a Webby-award winning boutique content agency and production company making content and programs that build communities and create change. Extensive experience with domestic and international production.

Responsibilities to Believe Limited include vision, leadership, strategy, community relations, communications, business development, creative conceptualizing, program design, producing, hosting, directing, acting, and podcasting.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Building a content agency and production house from scratch, and focusing on creating entertainment that affects change; that has true educational and health outcome goals while also balancing the (often commercial) needs of our sponsors has proven to be a dynamic task.

Add to that how often we’re also partnering with patient advocacy organizations and/or hospital groups, and the importance of appropriately managing a multi-stakeholder project aimed at fragile health populations is something Believe has come to intimately appreciate.

Creating a model is challenging, but as our portfolio has grown impressively over the past six years, I’m proud to say that our challenges now are more akin to that of a growing company, and less that of a model-creating startup working in a sensitive arena.

Believe Limited – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Believe Limited is a Webby-award winning full-service content agency and production house specialized in creating branded content and campaigns across all major platforms.

From concept development through distribution, engagement, and impact analysis, believe works closely with our clients on how best to translate marketing and communication objectives into truly meaningful, audience-facing content and initiatives.

We believe entertainment that leverages the power of human storytelling is an invaluable tool for creating long-lasting engagement with a target audience. At Believe, we pair that approach with thoughtful strategic-thinking, execution and production expertise, and years of experience balancing competitive and multi-stakeholder environments to offer you a boutique content agency uniquely-positioned to help you stand out.

We work with marketing departments, PR firms, brand managers, charitable-giving organizations, educational departments, and similarly appropriate entities on identifying needs and developing content-based campaigns to achieve strategic goals.

Previous clients include: Baxter International, Baxalta, Pfizer, Octapharma, Shire, Grifols, BioMarin, Genentech, CSL Behring, Spark Therapeutics, Bayer, National Cornerstone Healthcare Services, LA Kelley Communications, National Hemophilia Foundation, Impact Education, World Federation of Hemophilia, Stuttering Association for the Young, Sharp, Verizon, John Hopkins, amongst others. Case studies and additional information about our work can be found at believeltd.com

Awards include National Hemophilia Foundation’s Loras Goedken Award, Hemophilia Federation of America’s Terry Lamb Award, WEBBY Award, 2 Digital Health Awards, and others. Brands and campaigns executed by Believe Limited have received media attention from outlets such as Fox News, PBS, Buzzfeed, Fox Sports West, Huffington Post, and others.

Patrick’s work is focused on creating engaging, educational and empowering content & live events for people affected by bleeding disorders. Creator, executive producer, and star of the award-winning bleeding disorders web series Stop The Bleeding! Host and creator, The BloodStream™ Podcast, distributed by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). Producer, writer, and host, The Teen Impact Awards.

Writer, Helping Hany, a claymation web series about a young girl with von Willebrand disease. Executive producer, writer, and director of the World Federation of Hemophilia’s (WFH) ten-part “Treatment For All” web series. Director, Bombardier Blood, an upcoming feature film about severe hemophiliac Chris Bombardier’s climbing of Mount Everest (2018).

Patrick has been recognized with the Hemophilia Federation of America’s Terry Lamb Health & Wellness Award (2013), NHF’s Loras Goedken Meritorious Achievement Award (2014), and was chair of WFH’s World Congress Humanitarian Aid Program Session (2018). His work has received mainstream media coverage from outlets such as FoxNews, PBS, and Buzzfeed, and since 2013, Patrick has facilitated programming at over 50 community events in the bleeding disorders community.

Patrick lives with severe hemophilia A and dedicates his work to the memory of his brother Adam, who was also born with severe hemophilia A but died at 18 of an intracranial bleed. Founding Board President, Entertainment to Affect Change (E2AC).

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Our content and programs are intended to improve the overall quality of life of people living with and affected by rare and chronic disorders. For me, success comes when we achieve that- however, we achieve that. To quantify our success, we use a series of metrics, surveys, and feedback to analyze our total impact.

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