Where are you from? Born and raised in Detroit, MI and went to Syracuse University in upstate NY.
What are your hobbies? I am a SPIN enthusiast. I also like riding my road bike as much as possible. I generally really love staying active and fit – hiking, SUP, barre, & pilates. I have an active family – 18 year old boys, dog, and husband.
ANGELA, ON WORK
Tell us about your career trajectory: After graduating from Syracuse University’s SI Newhouse School, I landed a job at an advertising agency, in media research. After a year of learning media research, I moved to Atlanta to work at Turner Broadcasting, where I stayed for about three years in research, before moving to Los Angeles, where I’ve worked in entertainment marketing since 1994.
What was a game changing moment in your career? Were there any hard choices you had to make? Moving to Los Angeles from Atlanta to work at the very young FOX Network was a big step. My career has been a series of various start-ups – whether emerging networks, brands, or building a department and creating systems and best practices. The tough choices come, I believe, when you aren’t authentic and true to your own path.
What’s been your biggest challenge in building your career? While being a minority female is not necessarily a challenge, it is a fact that there aren’t many of us in executive ranks in entertainment.
Can you give our customers some career tips? Find your passion. And nurture relationships.
ANGELA, ON LIFE
Tell us about your daily routine. What’s a normal day like? When I’m not traveling, my days typically start around 5:45am. I quickly check my phone for calls, texts, messages. Some days I rush in for a 7am SOUL ride in Hollywood and do an east coast call on my drive. I try to get in the office by 8:15am. I’m a big multi-tasker, so I do calls, emails and projects at the same time – most days (LOL). If I haven’t done it in the morning, I squeeze an evening workout in and try to get home by 7:30pm or so. My husband and I usually talk on our drives home, to spend a few minutes catching up with each other. I walk the dog, do homework, and spend family time. I usually get back to emails and other work projects for a few more hours – in bed – before prayers and sleep by 11:30pm, latest.
There are only 24 hours in a day. How do you balance your life? I learned as a child being raised by a single mom, that if something is important and a priority, you’ll make time. So I like to believe that priority, scheduling, and balance are the keys to getting important things done!
How do you organize your life to take care of your family and grow your career? Any specific advice for other working moms? I ‘inherited’ two amazing stepsons with my marriage. So I had the benefit of integrating into a family and knowing that my husband and partner was very much involved and able. The key for us as a family has been partnership. We schedule. We balance. We cover each other and ensure that the family – our boys, marriage, dog – have our attention.
Who do you look to for motivation? My mom is absolutely the most amazing person, spirit, friend. I posted something on IG a few weeks ago that said, “My mom worked too hard for me not to be great.”
What are some motivational words you live by?
• “Dream big. Work hard. Stay focused. Surround yourself with good people.”
• “It is hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
• “A positive attitude changes everything.”
What qualities have you developed that have been essential to your success? Tenacity and hard work are always incomparable.
Any life advice you would now give to your younger self? I try not to look back, but rather stay firmly focused, faithful, and forward.
I can’t go a week without reading Huffington Post and Vanity Fair…the ‘old school way’ via magazine
My must-have app is Instagram
When I am exhausted, my favorite way to unwind is to – Honestly, I don’t let myself get ‘completely exhausted.’ I try to refuel and take small nuggets of respite. There’s a new lyric that says, “Build the life you don’t need a vacation from.”
Pour me a glass of sparkling ~ water or champagne
You’ll never hear me say “I can’t.”
ANGELA, ON AELLA
How would life change if you could wear one outfit all day? Life would just be comfortable. Luggage would be lighter and traveling would be easier.
What’s a time of day when you’re most comfortable? The way I leave home is the way I come home. I try not to shift outfits during the day.
What do you look for in clothes? Something that is polished, pulled together, easy to wear, easy to travel in, & easy to mix and match. I’m at a place at my career where I can wear whatever I want. I pick out things that feel amazing when I put them on.
What would be your ideal uniform? Blue AELLA pants, perfect tee in gray or white, with a black or blue blazer. Done.
How did you feel when you first put on AELLA pants? OMG, amazing! A lot of pants don’t give at the waist. There’s that cinch that reminds you to sit up and hold it in all day, but sometimes you’re just too busy to suck it in.
How would you describe AELLA to someone who has never tried on the clothes? Comfortable, clean, straight lines, elegant. I’m going to wear this home; I’m taking these home and they’re going with me to Providence and Boston this weekend. If I wasn’t smelly, I would wear these to cycling and then go to work.