HIGHLIGHTING GLENN LANSDALE
Meet Glenn Lansdale, a seasoned Walt Disney World hospitality professional who's writing his next storyline following furlough and medical leave due to the pandemic. With a background in sports event management, marketing, and a love for the arts, he's connected his life lessons of resilience into an endearing #1 best selling children's book Let's Go Fishin'! Charlies Big Catch
H&F: Please describe your career prior to this venture.
Glenn: I have lived and worked in Central Florida for the past 15 years. I have had many roles at Walt Disney World including resort management. However, the majority of my time has been spent as a Sr. Event Coordinator at ESPN Wide World of Sports where I've led the team responsible for supervising athletic and non-athletic events hosted at our complex.
H&F: How has your career prepared you for what is next?
Glenn: I've worked with the planning and execution of events for the past 19 years and also have a background in marketing. Through working with events I've developed a passion for helping a diverse group of children and adults come together to enjoy something I've helped create
H&F: Tell us about how you have redefined yourself.
Glenn: While out of work these last few months I decided to look for the opportunities that come from all obstacles. I gained inspiration from a group of first-time writers and decided to use my time off to fulfill a long time goal of publishing a children's book. I hope to continue to build off of this project and continue to publish more books in the future. I hope to use my knowledge and experiences to create stories that will teach some lessons and foster conversations between children and their loved ones.
H&F: When/how did you get that “light bulb” moment to start this brand?
Glenn: I've been writing down story and book ideas for years but never had immediate plans to follow through and publish them. Then I found myself out of work and also recovering from a recent surgery. While browsing social media I became connected with a group of aspiring children's book writers and we were guided through the process of making our stories a reality. I started to realize that although there have been many challenges this year (2020), I could push through and accomplish something very special.
H&F: Tell us something unique about your brand.
Glenn: My book is more than just an outdoor adventure between a father and son. It reminds us that no time spent together is time wasted. I also want to encourage everyone to spend time outdoors with loved ones.
H&F: What is the meaning behind your brand name, or why is it special to you?
Glenn: My children's book: "Let's Go Fishin'!: Charlie's Big Catch" is based on real events while fishing with my dad as a boy.
"I hope the readers will find that sharing this story with any child is a great way to bond through a humorous adventure in nature with some lessons to learn."- Glenn
H&F: How do you find your inspiration for your projects?
Glenn: I love art in any form. I appreciate anything that can make me feel an emotion. When writing, I try to find inspiration in nature and any circumstance that encourages conversation between a child and their loved ones.
H&F: What encouraging advice would you offer someone unsure about starting their own venture?
Glenn: The old cliche of there's no time like the present comes to mind. If not now, When? No matter what the challenges are, there is always a chance something great is waiting on the other side.
H&F: How can we see more of your work?
Glenn: My children's book: Let's Go Fishin'!: Charlie's Big catch is currently only available on Amazon. I am currently making updates on any future projects on my personal Facebook page. I can be found at Glenn Lansdale on Facebook or Glenn Lansdale on Instagram
H&F: Anything else you want to share?
Glenn: Thank you to everyone for your support and I'd be honored if you'd consider my children's book and share it with that special child in your life.
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