We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I am an entrepreneur, and I have a quote that I like to cite, “To be a “true” entrepreneur, you have to be ready to jump off the ledge and not know where you’re going to fall.” The meaning of this quote is that as an entrepreneur, I have to be ready to take risks and just go for it without a safety net. Risk-taking has always been apart of my business as if I was going to play it safe; then, I might as well just work within a confined corporate structure system and not have any worries. When I started my company, Silver Lining Entertainment, years ago, I knew then that I was going to have conduct business in a way that involved not only taking chances but having faith in my ability to succeed in the unknown. I always had a traditional background, such as a college degree, masters, and my Juris Doctorate, but I knew that I was going to have to take chances to move up the ladder within the world of entertainment. In the 90s there weren’t many women executives being represented, so I took my first significant risk in life by moving from New Jersey to California without knowing anyone, not having a solid plan, a little bit of savings just to learn everything I could about the entertainment business, and it paid off. To this day, I am always taking risks on projects, working with clients or companies, and even myself. Stepping out in a new field, or pushing myself to learn a new craft or skill. Every time I take risks, it eventually pays off, as it forces me to be uncomfortable for the moment, but I always learn something through the process.
What should our readers know about your business?
My company is Silver Lining Entertainment, and I started the company in 1997 without really knowing what it would evolve into years later. Now, in 2020, the company that was initially started to do event production and manage talent, is a full-fledged production company, we have an educational platform and a non-profit. I am the proudest of being able to be a minority-owned business that has survived and evolved through the test of time. I didn’t have anyone in my family that was in the field of entertainment, so another risk of me entering this “unknown” field, and I didn’t attend film school, so I had to learn the ropes through mentorship and trial and error. I am excited about the companies future and my school, “Backstage Pass to the Movie Industry.” The educational platform was created to help educate a new generation of filmmakers, artists, content creators, musicians, etc. I have to credit my educational background and parents for instilling discipline in me to stay focused, on target, fearless, and resilient throughout my life for the success of my business. My career has not been easy, and I have had many bumps along my journey, from breaking into new doors, learning the craft, personal issues of doubting myself to betrayal from colleagues. The entertainment business is rough at times, and you have to know yourself, or you can become lost. I have overcome many challenges throughout my journey by keeping a strong family around me who support and love me. You must find safety in the world somewhere, and for me is going home when I am stressed out or just want to be around unconditional love. Also, having mentors can help with overcoming challenges. It’s good to have people you can bounce ideas off or who are willing to lend an ear so that you can have a soundboard. I have learned that self-confidence, a good tribe surrounding you, instilling solid beliefs, my faith in God, and ultimately doing the right thing, goes a long way. I want the world to know that I am a producer who wants to tell compelling stories from a multi-cultural perspective. I believe filmmaking is one of the best ways to share each other’s journey’s, history, and beliefs. My brand is all about positivity, education, resources, and instilling a sentiment of believing in yourself no matter what. Remember that God loves you, and you are not alone in this worl.d. You can find like-minded people who will support, cherish, and encourage you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anytime someone comes to visit me in Los Angeles, California, we must go to the following places. Exercise – Runyon Caynon is my favorite place to hike and you can have a breathtaking view of the city. Lunch – Let’s go to Dukes in Malibu, as you might see some Sea Lions or Dolphins. Further, they have some amazing views of the ocean and good food. Dinner – I would want to go to Yamashiro in Hollywood, as it will make you think you are in Japan in California. Some breathtaking views with a beautiful garden setting in the middle of the restaurant. Great sushi and seafood as well. If there are children in the group, a must-see is Universal Studios, as you might be able to catch an actor on set or experience your favorite movies come to life. The nightlife is full of cool live music hangouts or if its the summer, go to the Hollywood Bowl and catch an amazing orchestra or your favorite performer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my mother, Deloris White. My mother’s constant love and support are what shaped me into the woman I am today.
Website: www.msangelawhite.com; www.backstagepasstothemovieindustry.com