We had the good fortune of connecting with Dale Godboldo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dale, how do you think about risk?
I’ve always understood that anything worth pursuing in business and life comes with some level of risk. So I’ve never been afraid of taking risks on opportunities that I’m passionate about pursuing. Typically, the worst that can happen is that it just didn’t work and you move on the the next opportunity.
In fact, I look at taking risks as opportunities to learn and grow. It’s in the assessment of risk where I’ve been forced to think harder about my “why,” and dig deeper into discovering if what I’m feeling is in fact related to the potential risk in that pursuit or simply a fear of failing. Entrepreneurs understand that failure is a necessary stepping stone to success, because failure is where we learn. So I look for opportunities that force me to think hard about their risk, because that’s where I’ve often found growth beyond any limiting beliefs I might have.
What should our readers know about your business?
I like to think of my business as the bridging of ideas and capital with influential individuals and organizations interested in helping move humanity forward. I do this through the production and distribution of media and events as public/private partnerships and non-profit/for-profit collaborations.
I learned at young age the power in leveraging the arts for making a positive global impact as a cast member of The ‘All New’ Mickey Mouse Club in the 90’s. I was fortunate to have that experience with Disney, because it has helped guide many of the successful choices throughout my career – both in front of and behind the camera.
As an entrepreneur and investor, I’m particularly inspired by the concept of conscious capitalism and its potential to simultaneously support underserved communities while meeting the goals of investors and other stake holders. And as an actor and film producer, I attempt to bridge cause and commerce through my art – developing, financing and distributing projects that have the potential to make not only a significant impact culturally, but as well, economically for investors and the communities the projects serve. This is often a challenge, but nonetheless, a necessary exercise.
Since 2011, I’ve spear-headed an initiative called Arts, Hearts + Philanthropy that really brings all of these concepts together under one platform and effort. Our team bridges celebrities, academics, artists, scientists, and socially conscious entrepreneurs with both for-profit and non-profit organizations in order to amplify important calls to action. And since 2015, we’ve been guided by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for a better world by 2030.
With over 250 live events and media productions under our belt, we’ve helped raise over $50 million for efforts ranging from veterans issues and job placement for underserved communities, to the eradication of sex trafficking. But I’m most excited about our media and merchandising plans up ahead. We’re building some exciting new partnerships and platforms that have the potential to improve the lives of millions. And that’s really what it’s all about.
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’d take a friend to Leimert Park and Silver Lake, two of my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles. We would definitely need to catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and we’d also need to hit the beach… naturally. Maybe hit the Getty museum and grab a table at Nobu in Malibu for sunset – one of my favorite restaurants.
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’d like to dedicate this to our Advisory Council of the Arts, Hearts + Philanthropy initiative – an extraordinary and diverse group of women and men that inspire me every day. www.ArtsHearts.org