We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Rivedal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I first started The i’Mpossible Project, I had been thinking about entrepreneurship and doing my own thing for more than a few years. As I started the company, I realized I could blend a whole bunch of things that I’m good at—storytelling, getting others to tell their stories, synthesizing clinical information around mental health into something palatable for the layperson, the arts—to be of service with the business…and that ultimately the business was not about me. The business needed to solve other peoples’ problems.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think I’m most proud that I’ve been able to blend creativity and arts into business and merge them together. I’ve been doing so for just over 10 years as part of The i’Mpossible Project. I started out as a professional actor doing regional, touring, and Off-Broadway theatre as well as national commercials, cartoons, and audiobooks as a voiceover artist. I then moved into writing when I wasn’t happy with the roles I was receiving and that moved into producing live theatre. After my dad died by suicide, my attention shifted toward mental health and I was able to merge live theatre with mental health and suicide prevention education. What started out as me doing a one-man show + suicide prevention/mental health ed, has turned into a career backed my science and academia (my own as well as combined with colleagues) that encompasses 7 books, co-authorship of 3 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, mental health and suicide prevention curriculum, and newer ventures into workplace mental health and cooking/food + mental health. Has it all been easy? No, of course not. There have been many challenges along the way—personal traumas and setbacks, people who’ve said “no” to my work and ideas at times, and a global pandemic. Cultivating resilience and staying in practice with healthy coping mechanisms and skills during the good times make the bad and difficult times a bit less pronounced and impactful in the long-term.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many deserve credit for my success. No person is an island or a self-made person. – Everyone who has ever said “yes” to my ideas and allowed me to be of service with those ideas. – My support system; family, friends, colleagues. – My first mentor, Greg, for showing me how to give back and nurture others.