We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelia Jade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelia, why did you pursue a creative career?
Well to put it simply… because it makes me happy. Growing up I always loved music, singing, painting, art, photography – basically anything where the sky was the limit and the final product was always something one in a million. I’ve learned over the course of my young life that daily happiness should supersede anything and everything else. I never wanted to live with regrets or feel like I couldn’t go for my dreams. Pursing an artistic/creative career is a “huge risk,” and sometimes pursuing any career that isn’t societally “correct” is risky – but life is about living and doing what you love. My story starts at age 3 when my mother said I mentioned to her that I had a special singing voice, which she asked if she could hear and I said no and ran away.. Which is totally my personality to this day! Then I told my mother when I was about 9 years old that one day I would move to Los Angeles to sing and follow my dreams. When that day finally came I remember hugging her while she was crying as I packed my last bit of things for my journey to LA and she said to me, “I didn’t think it would happen so fast, I never thought you’d really do it.” To which I replied, “I told you, I gave you about 11 years to prepare mom!” We both giggled at the thought of a young child that would have made such promises! And then I started my new life here with about $800 in my pocket and pounds of stress about whether I’d made the right decision, how I’m going to pay rent next month, and questioning myself if this was really what I wanted. The simple answer is, life is what you make it. You don’t need to stress, life is about taking risks and if you truly trust yourself and your vision, anything can happen. I came here with nothing and have found everything. In my first two years here I landed one of my songs on both of LA’s top radio stations – Power 106 and Real 92.3, and had interviews with them and other stations. Along my journey I’ve met and inspired so many amazing people and the daily happiness I achieve feels so incredible compared to how it feels doing something that I don’t love to do. My first music video is set to come out in the next few months as well as my debut album, and I’m so incredibly excited, thankful, and grateful to myself that I decided to pursue my dreams. So the question of why did I pursue an artistic or creative career? Because of happiness. I’m only going to live once and don’t want to have regrets because I was scared or worried or unsure. Life is scary enough, pursue your dreams and enjoy your days. We only have one life to live so lets live it up! My favorite quote that has been my mantra since I was about 12 years old is “Never give up on something you can’t go a day without thinking about.” So my advice to anyone reading this is if you are unsure about pursing an artistic/creative career, or even any career that isn’t viewed as “normal,” this is your sign to GO FOR IT and never look back – you won’t regret it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Hello! Well to start, my name is AngeliA and I am a musical artist, singer, songwriter, & actress. I love doing anything creative whether its taking photos, painting, editing, writing etc. – all that jazz! My art is a mixture of my influences and strengths all in one, as my friends would say, “little chick!” I love to sing and write songs more than anything in the world, so I decided to move here and pursue that dream and do what I do best. I like to think I’m a bit different in the way that I can write and sing in so many styles as well as languages. My upcoming album is a bit of a “candy bowl” in that it has so many different vibes and genres so there’s literally a song for everyone! I love being my true self and never conforming to society or industry terms, so I’m very excited to show the world who I really am through my new album. I sing in 4 languages and am also the sole songwriter on my entire album – which I wrote in bedroom and recorded demos in my makeshift home studio.
I am most proud of my strength and resilience and also my capacity to inspire others – which is not something I ever expected. As I’ve been on my journey, many people from my past and present have reached out and told me that what I am doing and how I’m going after my dream has inspired them to do so many things in their lives! I’m so happy to be a positive influence on others and so excited to share my art with them soon. I’m more than excited for my album and video release and can’t wait to hear what people think.
I got to where I am today by believing in myself and never giving up. I know everyone says that and it may sound cliche but always keep going. The truth is, I’ve heard countless no’s, I’ve had plenty of doors slammed in my face, had many people promise me the world, and all you need to know is that it only takes one yes, and if you always keep going another door will open for you. It also takes a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and discipline to perfect your craft and resilience to keep going. I can’t say that it was easy getting here, and I’m sure it won’t be easy getting where I’m headed, but like Dorey says, I’m going to just keep swimming!
A lot of my challenges came from people doubting me, or lack of network and knowledge. Pursing a career in art always has its downfalls because people never want to believe it’s possible, and for some reason they feel the need to tell you about it and make you doubt yourself. Being in the music industry there is no guide or start here button – you have to get up and get out of your comfort zone and learn the old fashioned way. I had a lot to overcome while getting to where I am today… I had to block out the negativity and people who doubted me, I had to survive eating food from the dollar store (which surprisingly isn’t bad at all!), I had to lose a lot of time and money by taking risks and investing in my self growth by learning what works and what doesn’t. Coming to LA to follow your dreams isn’t as cool as it looks online, it’s a lot of hard-work, top ramen, and overcoming everything that comes against you. I overcame all my challenges by always keeping my faith, staying true to who I am, and knowing that everything will work out as long as I am happy and doing what I love. With this life manta I know I will never have any regrets.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way are definitely plentiful – and this is coming from someone who needs to make their own mistakes. The most important lesson I’ve learned is never let someone derail you from your goals and dreams. I’ve been denied by labels, I’ve been told to lose weight, I’ve been told I was just “good enough,” my abilities thrown into question… But through it all I’ve only gotten better and if you always keep going you can prove everyone wrong. Another lesson I learned throughout my journey is to never let anyone promise you anything – because this town is a lot of talk and people will easily promise you the world. The truth is, you don’t need anyone to prosper except yourself. And when I realized that, and realized that people were putting me in a box for their own benefit or my own downfall, I started to instantly bloom into the person I’m supposed to be. Yes, you do need tools and good relationships to survive here, but there are so many people and so many ways to get your music done and heard that it’s not necessary to ever put all your eggs in one basket. I learned to always trust myself that when something ends, something new and better always starts – and it’s never been wrong. Finally, while studying method acting under my Great Uncle Actor Steve Easton, I learned that the word worry has a root meaning of “to strangle,” and if you think about it, worrying doesn’t do anything but strangle your brain and emotions for nothing! Understanding that life is a journey and living in the moment is what is priceless has changed my life. Sometimes I stop what I am doing when I’m walking alone and look up at the stars and take a deep breath in, tell myself what day it is, and just enjoy the moment.
I want the world to know a few things about me. One, that just because you come from a broken home or a poor background does not mean that you can’t follow your dreams or make your life better and be happy. When people listen to my music I want them to understand that what I write comes completely from real experiences and from the heart and that you are amazing and can do anything you put your mind to! My brand represents being whole, genuine, and always being true to yourself no matter what. I never let myself be put in a box or be told what I can or can’t do – Ask my mom! My story is for all the little kids out there who have big dreams in a small town and to always remember to live the life you want and be who you want to be, regardless of what anyone else has to say.
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 love this question because since I moved here I love taking my friends and family from back home out to all of my favorite hidden gems. First it’s always best to start the week with a nice morning brunch since the weather is always great – my favorite spot is called More Than Waffles on Ventura Blvd, and the name is not lying, they literally have the biggest menu ever and it’s situated around a beautiful fountain and has AMAZING service and food. Fresh hollandaise sauce and more waffle recipes than you could ever imagine, its definitely a hit!
I love drinking anywhere where there’s a vibe of lights or views and you can find that pretty much anywhere in LA. One of my favorite spots is called The Perch, and it’s a high up restaurant in Downtown with views of the city. Definitely make sure you visit some high rise places here at night and soak up the beautiful views! I also had an amazing experience with sunset water views at Boathouse on the Bay in Long Beach. You can even jet ski on the water there and visit the Queen Mary ship.
The beaches here are also amazing, I love Santa Monica and Venice Beach, but I also love the privacy of many of the beaches in Malibu. Zuma beach is definitely one to put on your bucket list!
Some of the most fun things to do are to get together with friends and go out and meet people. This town is full of people not from here and meeting so many people from different backgrounds is so fun and gives you so many different perspectives and vibes. Ventura Blvd and Downtown LA have so many hidden gems from Santee Alley to pizza restaurants with living trees growing out of the floor, you’ll never get tired of being here!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate this to everyone who has ever believed in me and never doubted me (they know who they are). Letting children believe in their dreams is one of the most powerful things on earth – and I want to say thank you to everyone raising wonderful children right now and affirming them that they can do whatever they want to do and be whoever they want to be if they put their minds to it.
Kem West Trey Rawdon