Writers hold the intense power of having their words effectively craft an interesting synopsis to lock the readers in, while sticking to the facts. At times an even bigger feat is satisfying the subject whose story they’re telling. In February of this year, 29 year old Elianna Lev launched the People’s Program Project. PPP is a podcast devoted to storytelling; interestingly showcasing the story behind the story. Here’s the break down, “Ultimately, I want my podcast to be about people’s stories. It’s never been a vanity project and I certainly hope it doesn’t come across as one. So that’s where the “People” part comes in… I wanted my podcast to have a program kind of feel rather than be abstract and sloppy. I try to keep it under half an hour, include an introduction at the beginning and a goodbye at the end…finally, the “Project” part is put in there because it is a project – a lot of work is put into it and it’s constantly evolving,” said Lev.
She attests to two collaborations that assisted in the success of this project. The first with musician and filmmaker Aaron Beckum, who for the first eight episodes created the music for the podcast. Secondly, she conveys the mere fact that people have the open-mindedness and are comfortable to let her into their stories, is all the help and satisfaction she needs. ” They’re doing most of the work in getting up the courage to recount their stories and share them so eloquently. All I’m doing is the technical stuff, like editing, adding music and uploading it.” Additionally, her work with the Canadian press and Vice, national story in the Globe and Mail featuring Nike and skateboarding, and freelancing for CBC Radio 3 have created a platform for her journalistic competency.
When asked who pushed her in the right lane to success, she mentioned This American Life and CBC director, Steve Pratt who encouraged her to “give the format a try.” Currently while in Vancouver, Canada, Elianna is working on several projects but is most involved in one that surrounds talented women. She expressed that she encourages young people to stick to what they want to do. “The way I see it is that we spend a whole lot of time working to live. It’s so important to me to make that time valuable. It’s always been a priority to love what I do for a living. Hating your job sucks. Also, believe in your work. The cliche is so true: You’re your own worst critic. Don’t let that critic take you down,” says Elianna.