We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Lovell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After working as a phone psychic and writer for some of the most prominent phone psychic companies in the world, I realized what the industry lacked most was authenticity. Despite recruiting a majority of real psychics, these companies remain deceitful in what they hope to accomplish: keep clients on the phone as long as possible. I was once told by a supervisor, “If these people had anyone else to call, they wouldn’t be calling you.” I’ve seen it all. Some of my clients have been ripped off with fear-based tactics such as being told they suffered from ancestral curses, required aura cleansings, and even had evil attachments. My previous employers profited by creating an abusive relationship between psychic and client. So after working for several different companies and feeling disheartened by every single one of them, I created my own. Stregsy.com only offers whole bookings—no pay-per-minute emotional manipulation. Clients can search for exactly the sort of session they want, book it, and get the answers they need. Our readers and healers get to come away feeling good about truly helping and empowering people, and our clients get the answers they’re looking for without being nickeled and dimed. And unlike our competition, we encourage our spiritual advisors to use their real names. No games, manipulation, or ridiculous bills. As a descendant of the Romani people, I hope to honor my ancestors by giving integrity to the incredible art of “fortune telling” and spiritual work. My goal is to help people step into their power within a safe and encouraging community of gifted readers who can offer solutions instead of more problems.
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.
Aw, thank you for that! It still isn’t easy convincing everyone what I do is real and serves a purpose in improving the lives of others. But after 2020 kicked off, it’s gotten a little easier since so many people started seeing the world for what it is and what’s behind the facade. I’d been psychic my whole life but didn’t start giving readings until I was nineteen years old. Almost immediately, I was booking parties yet barely old enough to drink at them. Parties grew into major events, and before I knew it, I was reading editors of Vogue at New York Fashion Week, all booked through word of mouth. What separates me from other psychics is I don’t want to make clients dependent on me for answers. I want to arm them with the tools to manage their lives and develop their own intuition. Last year I created a Psychic Development Masterclass that helps people tap into their abilities and learn how to read themselves and others. I recently started a new podcast called Dear Witchypoo intended to help listeners step into their personal power. I’m all about empowerment, and I know the more I give in this life, the more I get back. Each day when I connect to my guides, I ask them only to bring in the clients I can help. I believe if you do good, honorable work, the rewards will follow.
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.
I’m so in love with this city, but that’s a tricky question because it’s vast! The nature is spectacular, so I’d start with Malibu beaches, probably Paradise Cove so we can drink and get our toes in the sand, then hit a few secret hiking trails passed down from my favorite healers. Wolf Connection is a sanctuary up north in Acton that has full moon hikes, sound baths, and some of the most amazing opportunities to connect with their pack on a spiritual level. The Getty is incredible, but I prefer going there by myself for the meditative aspect. I take everyone to Mohawk Bend for my most favorite vegan pizza of all time, and usually end up bar-hopping the east side. Tiki-Ti is the ultimate old-time LA spot, and I never let a visitor leave without squeezing into that crowded, cash-only hole in the wall–they’ll even whip up classic tiki mocktails for non-drinkers. There’s nothing I love more than good film (honestly, even bad film can be a good time). My entire life changed when Alamo Drafthouse opened downtown. I take all of my visitors there and to The Magic Castle, which usually ends up being everyone’s favorite. All the old arthouse theaters in LA are magnificent and deserving of patronage. By the time friends leave, I always have them convinced they should move here!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldn’t have gotten to Square One with Stregsy without my cousin and brilliant business partner, Sarah Laws. I was driving cross-country to be with my mom during the start of her Cancer treatment when my rental car’s hatchback malfunctioned, dumping all of my belongings on the I-10 ramp before my journey even began. In the chaos, my GPS rerouted me through Phoenix, and I didn’t notice until it was too late. I was annoyed by the extra time added to my trip but grateful to park in Sarah’s driveway to sleep safely that night instead of a truck stop. This happened at the start of the pandemic, and I was determined to not bring illness to my mom on the east coast. The next morning Sarah convinced me to sit in the backyard with her and catch up instead of getting immediately back on the road. As we sat in the shade, I told her about the sort of spiritual marketplace I’d been dreaming about creating. For years now, Sarah has been helping grow multi-million dollar companies for a variety of clients. She is a legitimate marketing genius. She gave me a few tips on how to go about starting such a thing, but I knew right away I was totally out of my depths. A few weeks later, she called to say, “I’ve been researching what we talked about, and I think we should build this business together.” I’ll never stop being grateful for that rental car malfunction! All that chaos put me on my most important path yet.
All photos in black and white striped dress and the one with my foot on the chair are by Heather Lockey.