We had the good fortune of connecting with Angelina Rangel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angelina, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Finding that balance of work and life has always been a challenge however, I learned that the more I enjoy work the less it feels like work. Grams for Grams is a non profit organization designed to entertain the elderly at assisted living homes. Finding performers and songs for each show on the holidays has always been a joy.
The work is in the rehearsal. Making sure we have a good show for each holiday is very important to us and is what makes us different from any regular performance. A lot of the performers consist of old classmates from American Musical and Dramatic Academy or from previous shows that Angelina Rangel, the founder, has attended. The best way to manage time is to have a set schedule that consists of rehearsal time and set up time. After a couple rehearsals, the show is ready to go and we are ready to rock! =)
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Angelina Rangel started her performing artist career when she was 12 years old. It consisted of her moving all the way to California from Arizona. She strongly believed that her passion for performing arts was a great reason to move to LA to pursue her passion. With her family’s full support, Angelina, her mom and sister Lily packed their bags and moved to LA to pursue commercial acting. This was difficult at first because her older sisters Robin, Julia, and her dad stayed in Arizona.
Angelina’s whole life changed from going to a regular school as well to an online performing arts school called Sequoia Performing Arts School. Audition after auditions was what life consisted of for a couple years until Angelina decided to go to San Marino High School to pursue a more “normal” school schedule. After attending high school and finding her passion for musical theater, Angelina attended her college AMDA to pursue musical theater. Here is where she created Grams for Grams.
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?
So I have a list of places on my phone that I like to write down every time I find an interesting place that I want to remember. Some of these places consists of Griffith Observatory/park, Santa Monica Pier, and Aquarium of the Pacific. Some places in Pasadena that I like to go to as well consist of boba places such as Factory Tea Bar, T-Pumps, and Cup of Cha! Disneyland is also another home for me because I used to work there as a Youth Facilitator in Animation. Knowing some fun facts such as Walt Disney’s methods of animation are always fun to share with family and friends when going to the parks as well. A weekend in Arizona is always nice too because I like to go visit my dad. Some nice places in Arizona are Tombstone, Flagstaff, and Pinnacle Peak.
If I were to make an itinerary for someone that has never been to California it would consists of a morning hike at the Griffith Observatory park, brunch in Pasadena at Colonial Kitchen, a day the the Aquarium of the Pacific, lunch at Buca De Beppo, a night stroll at the Santa Monica Pier, and dinner at Miceli’s Restaurant were they sing nice show tunes to you. =)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Grams for Grams was created in Angelina’s Career’s class that she attended at her college American Musical and Dramatic Academy where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theater. Special thanks to her family for always supporting her in her dreams and inspiring her to create such a unique business.
She saw the need for entertainment with the elderly after attending many visits with her aunt Sally at an assisted living home that didn’t have much activities for her. After signing for her aunt and seeing the joy it brought her she decided this was something she could bring to others. Finding the confidence with much support from her mother, Angelina started to build her business and start singing at local assisted living homes bringing her light to others. A special thanks to her grandparents for inspiring musical talents in Angelina Rangel as well.