We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Nichols and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
One of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make was to walk away from a secure job, making pretty good money, to pursue a fulfilled life. I was was working in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau in the marketing department, which was a great experience. Something was missing and during my third year, I decided to leave not knowing what the future held. I was working in a stable, corporate job with benefits and a 401K. On the outside, everything looked good on paper but on the inside, it was time for me to move on not knowing what was in front of me. I will never regret this decision because it helped catapult me into my destiny of working in the entertainment industry, which was my childhood dream.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Working in the entertainment industry was a childhood dream that was deferred for over 20 years. I always wanted to see my name roll in the end credits but didn’t know how I would make it happen. After a very successful career in tourism, the opportunity presented itself for me to work at a daytime talk show, and it changed the trajectory of my life and launched my second career. With close to nine years under my belt in production, storytelling is still the best part of what I do. To be able to meet so many different individuals and help them share their personal stories on a large platform that inspire others is the best feeling in the world. As a producer, I get to work with a lot of celebrities but working with real people (human interests stories) is what brings me so much joy. I love meeting new people, coming up with unique ideas to help share their stories and seeing their interaction with the host of the show. I also love working with so many amazing staff and crew to bring great content to the masses. It took a lot of hard work, staying humble, sharpening my skillset and putting in a lot of hours to get to this point in my career but always being open to learning and evolving with this industry has helped keep me on my game. A lot of people look at working in the entertainment industry as glamorous but it’s so far from the truth. I think I can speak for so many other of my peers in this industry when I say, it’s a passion that burns inside because there are times when thoughts of wanting to walk away and call it quits… but then you find an amazing story to produce, get that tingly sensation inside, the magic happens with all the ideas in your head coming to life and then boom…you are reminded why you were blessed to do what you do.
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?
I’m from Long Beach, CA, and I absolutely love my city. One of the areas I frequent is Shoreline Village. It’s so beautiful down at the water with tons of things to do from boat rides around the harbor, amazing restaurants, the Aquarium (one of my favorite places on earth) and tons of shopping. That would definitely be my first places to check out. Then we would go to The Queen Mary to take a tour followed by lunch. They would then enjoy a special tour of the city from me and then I would take them to any of the local tourist spots (Hollywood Boulevard, Disneyland, Santa Monica Pier) that they wanted to see and then definitely would hit a couple of beaches. And hiking at Signal Hill would be a great workout with amazing views (you can see the port of Long Beach and on a clear day you can see downtown LA and a glimpse of the Hollywood sign.) During the week, we would definitely hit some of my favorite eating spots (The Yardhouse in Shoreline Village; Tantalum at the Marina; Enrique’s on PCH; Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles on Broadway for an Obama special; Sal’s Gumbo on the Northside and definitely one of our amazing donut shops.) And one of my favorite places to visit in Universal Studios Hollywood. I grew up going there all the time and absolutely love the tram tours and seeing behind the scenes although, I’ve been there over 500 times in my lifetime and work in entertainment.) Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
“It takes a village” is an understatement when it comes to my success. I’ve been blessed to have an amazing village of family, friends, colleagues, teachers and community that has helped me become the woman I am today. Starting with my beautiful mom who was a teenager when she had me, my grandparents, aunts and uncles who helped my mom raised me, the entire Long Beach community (teachers who have inspired me over the years, camp counselors from summer camp that poured into me, my basketball coaches, community leaders and my church family), friends who’ve known me from pre-school to now and so many people who I’ve worked with over the years that have taken out the time to give me advice, help sharpen my skills and ultimately have helped shaped me into the woman I am today. Every encounter has impacted me, even the negative ones but my path wouldn’t have crossed so many of these people without God, who gets the biggest shoutout to my success! Without Him orchestrating my path, I would be nothing.