We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Aprahamian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I made a decision several years ago to start taking most people’s opinions and advice about my companies or how they should be ran with a grain of salt. As a young entrepreneur just starting out in my early 20’s, I would often listen to people simply because they were older or more experienced, so I assumed they must know what was best. I’d seek out advice of consultants or people more senior in the industries I was in, and looking back that often led me down a path that wasn’t the most direct route to where I wanted to go. Sometimes the advice was even flat out wrong. I’ve come to learn that age and even experience don’t always equal knowing what’s best for other people and their own journeys. Making this decision and trusting myself more instead of looking to other people for answers has done wonders for my decision making skills and ultimately for the success of my companies. I still listen to and respect everyone I talk to, but outside of professionals like lawyers and accountants there are only a couple of people in my life whose advice and opinions I take to heart.
Please tell us more about your business. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I currently have 3 businesses. One is in the medical industry, it’s a remote call center that calls overdue patients and reactivates them back into the practice on their behalf. Another is a ticketing company for various attractions around the world, we sell tickets online on behalf of our attraction partners. The third is a mail services company, we accept mail on behalf of our customers and upload the mail in electronic form to them so that they can access their mail anytime, anywhere. It’s similar to a virtual mailbox, but more advanced and robust. I’m most excited about the technological advances we’ve made in all 3 companies. We have custom built software for two of them, which has been fun to work on and see come together, and is something we’re constantly updating and making better. I think I am where I am today business wise just by sheer determination. I don’t back down from hard work and face it head on, and I move quickly past any failures or setbacks, I don’t dwell on them. The lessons I’ve learned so far are endless, business has taught me so much and has really become apart of my identity. I think the best lesson I’ve learned though has to be to not procrastinate and don’t wait until you’re “ready.” One of my favorite quotes is by the author Wallace Wattles: “An ounce of doing is worth a pound of theorizing.” That’s something I live by, start now where you are with what you have and the next step will always present itself to you.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We would definitely start out at the Getty Center! That is one of my favorite places in LA. Then we’d spend a day out on Venice Beach walking around, watching the skateboarders and maybe grab something to eat at Sidewalk Cafe and people watch/check out the vendors. For dinner and drinks we’d do one night at Perch in DTLA and the walk over to The Standard Hotel rooftop. Another dinner out would probably be Teru Sushi in Studio City – they have the BEST sushi. I’d also take them hiking at Runyon Canyon so they can check out the views of the city, and maybe finish up with some ice cream from Salt and Straw on Ventura!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are two people I would dedicate my shout out to, that would be my dad, Paul Fisher and my husband Hagop Aprahamian. They are both business owners themselves and are my sounding boards for all things business. They have been with me and helped me every step of the way and are always there for me to give sound advice that I value immensely.