We had the good fortune of connecting with Angel Lem and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angel, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor to the podcasts success is the listener and my guest. Without them there would be no reason to do the show. The fact that people give a guy that has no interview experience the opportunety to entertain them or to have faith that he will pant them in a light that people would want to support them is wonderful. I pride myself in providing a safe space for everyone to express themselves. I try very hard to be the bridge between people and it makes me happy that people are open enough to give me a chance to connect them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Doing this podcast has been difficult at times, specially when you suffer from depression and you feel that you need validation. Living in a world where you are deemed a success by the likes and followers you get, makes it hard to see the real impact you have in this world. Compared to some of my peers I am not successful, I have never been feature on the iTunes or Spotify heritage month page, I have never been spotlighted on the LA times or any other major publication, I have never been interviewed on TV for spotlighting some of the great guest that have been on my show. What I do get is messages from people, real people that tell me my struggles, my humor, or them being featured on the show has helped them in their personal life. My show is more then an interview show with humor sprinkled in, its a place where people can share there success and struggles so that the person listening can see that it gets better. No matter how hard it gets there will always be someone there to support you. I can’t count how many times the person that at least expect is the one that does the most to help me out. I builded a show on the fact that people are taking a chance on themselves, including me. I was stuck in a place that I thought would be the best that its would ever get. This show has made it so I can look forward into the future and let go of my past. I have meet so many great people that I feel lucky to call my friends. I was always reserved and shy but this show forced me to go out and find people to come on the show, it forced me to promote the show and take a chance on myself. If you take anything from me or my show is that you are never too young or to old, it is never to early or too late for you to pursue your happiness. You were put on this earth to be happy not to hate your existence. So go out there and do what makes you happy, and I bet you will inspire someone to follow their dream too.
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?
Whenever I have people visiting me, I take them to the Bun Shop in K-town. Bieng latino the taco has been a staple my life, but being in America you are surrounded by some many cullers and cousins. The Bun Shop bring two of my favorite foods Mexican and Korean Bbq together to bring you a marriage that personifies the “American dream” and what the US is all about. A true melting pot of people and foods in one place. My personal favorites are the Kalbi Beef Bun, Braised beef, crispy onion, pickled red onion, greens, sriracha aioli the Temp Veg Bun, Tempura avocado, tomato, pickled red onion, greens, cilantro aioli. In my humble opinion they have one of the best burgers around the TBS Burger a Smashed beef burgers, with cheddar, provolone, bacon, pickled jalapeño, caramelized onions, shop sauce. and their Yoshi Fries will have tie it all together with a nice bow. The food is amazing but the atmosphere is amazing they have TVs around so you can catch the game but they play nothing but hits when it comes to music. I love take people here because even thoughts its fusion its familiar enough visually but the ingredients are what sets them apart. After that we go to Somie Somie for desert and we just hang out at the beach. We ride bikes or skate around Venice or Sanata Monica.
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 like to shoutout every single one of my listeners, without them I would just be a guy screaming into a mic every week. Special shout out to Jenny, she has encouraged and supported me at my lowest and has helped me mentally when I felt like no one was listening. I would like to thank Angela for not helping me and forcing me to learn the hard way, because now I have the tools and knowledge to help others when they need help starting a podcast. To every one that has left a review on iTunes and has supported me by buying some murch or by displaying a sticker. I am proud of what I have accomplished in the short time I’ve had my podcast but I am happy to see that people support me in pursuing this crazy dream.