We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Lentini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
First of all. The Unwritten Life is a podcast. I originally created it to generate a positive message. To give people inspiration. I wanted to interview people that had turned whatever their passion was, into a career. It has turned into just interviewing people about their passion, regardless of it becoming a career. Once I allowed that change to happen, it turned into something completely different. It still carries an inspiring message. However. It can become quite personal, and at times, serious. More than creating a “happy” feeling, it can also create awareness. One of my most surprising interviews was with a very close friend of mine. She’s a Native American woman. When I interview someone, I open with the simple question “What is your greatest passion in life?”. I had initially thought we were going to talk about Native American culture in modern day America. What we ended up discussing was MMIW. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She blew me away with her statistics! It was completely unexpected on my part. It was this interview that made me realize how much more this podcast could potentially accomplish. Not simply something to help get your week started, but also in raising awareness about important subjects some may never have been exposed to otherwise.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
All my life I’ve been involved in some form of entertainment. Even if it was just for fun. I’ve aways enjoyed being on stage, or doing something in the studio. I’ve also always been a hard worker. I’ve been described as a workaholic before. I suppose that could be true to an extent. Having grown up in the funeral industry, being a flight attendant, and working in various other service oriented jobs in-between, I’ve learned a lot about people from a variety of prospectives. Everyone has a story. Our stories tell our character. They tell our mistakes, or our successes. They tell our life adventures. Sometimes all of the above. I’ve heard, enjoyed, and learned from so many people that have shared their stories with me. I’ve been very privileged in that sense. This is a way for me to begin sharing some of that with the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would have to say, I’d start the day at the Argentina Bakery on W Airport Fwy in Irving. I love finding little hole in the wall places. They have wonderful coffee and pastry items. Dallas Grilled Cheese in Bishop Arts would be for lunch. Next I would head over to Magnolia Ave in Fort Worth for MELT Ice Creams Winding the day down, I’d want to take them to the Water Gardens. We could find something for dinner in downtown Fort Worth, depending on our mood. To round everything out, and close the evening, Maybe some wine at the Cowtown Winery in the Stockyards.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to say my family has always been my biggest support system through all of my endeavors. People come and go, but family is forever.