PODCAST: Shareable EP 13 – A Pro Wrestling Start Up and Incorporating Your Business With Dave Farlie

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The Smart Entrepreneur’s Lab Podcast: Shareable EP 13 – A Pro Wrestling Start Up and Incorporating Your Business With Dave Farlie

Hello once again and welcome to the podcast known as Shareable where we have conversations with amazing entrepreneurs who are killing it worldwide, and they share business and entrepreneur insights plus heaps more!

Cam H Lynch here for another dose of entrepreneurial podcast insight for your listening pleasure.

Today’s guest is an old friend, co-worker, collaborator, teacher, boss of sorts, Dave Farlie.

Dave is the founder and director of EPW or Explosive Professional Wrestling – One of Australia’s premiere Professional wrestling organizations for the last 15 years.

From literally nothing, Dave together with a close group of collaborators and performers have grown the promotion from a passionate group of teenagers and young adults to a legitimate promotion with his athletes going on to secure places in the top promotions in such as NOAH and New Japan Pro Wrestling in Japan and Ring of Honor, NWA and the WWE in the United States.

In the conversation Dave and I go into:
– How his product focuses on their unique strengths to differentiate themselves from the larger, competitors such as the WWE
– The introduction of incorporating the business and bringing in a board and how that has impacted the business
– Some the challenges dealing with performers and creatives in regards to their egos or the product they create
– Deciding to move the business to more of a wrestling based, family friendly experience as opposed to a more performer based, potentially violent product plus much more

This was a really fun and interesting conversation as we got to really explore the misunderstood art and business of pro wrestling. Even after undergoing a renaissance over the years, the stigma of the spectacle and over the top antics can still cast a long shadow to the uninitiated.

So without further ado, please enjoy our conversation with Dave Farlie…

– Show Notes –

00:00 – Who is Dave Farlie?
04:00 – Describe Yourself!
13:00 – Origins of EPW and where it is heading for the future
19:00 – The Power of the Haters: Would EPW be where it is without it’s past detractors?
26:00 – The business is now a brand: Where to from now?
31:00 – Changing the business model by incorporating the business
57:30 – Overcoming the built up public image of the wrestling persona and balancing that into your personal life
1:04:30 – Dealing with the challenges Dave faces with his staff in regards to balancing ego with giving feedback
1:08:30 – How Dave stays grounded performing in his own product
1:14:00 – Being okay with seeing your face everywhere
1:15:30 – Dave’s Best Business Hack
1:20:30 – Advice for Dave’s 20 year old self

Where you can find Dave Online:
Explosive Professional Wrestling
On The Fringe – Dave’s Own Podcast

Resources/People mentioned in this episode (Affiliate Links where applicable):

Pro Wrestling NOAH
New Japan Pro Wrestling
Ring of Honor
The Wrestler – A movie based on the life of a wrestler
Tony Robbins
Marissa Mayer
Marc Maron
Tim Ferriss

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