We had the good fortune of connecting with Jana Angel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jana, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Going from being an employee, to a full time freelancer, to now a business owner in one year… not easy, but I wouldn’t change a thing! My way of thriving in entrepreneurship is about finding a healthy work life integration. It is nearly impossible for me to be completely offline because A) I don’t have a current desire to be. I like being accessible and frankly, I attain a lot of work because of my response speed and active communication and B) We have a continuous flow of projects and my team needs to be able to reach me. As a new business owner I am still navigating the waters, but as leader I made the choice to create an environment where my creatives can keep the hours that work for their lives and when they perform the best. When I need time and space away from the digital world, communication is key. If you need time and space to clear your head or hit reset, it is all about communicating with your team that you will be offline for X amount of time and ensure all questions and needs are met before you take that time. This communication sets expectations and keeps your team in the loop so productivity doesn’t stop when you need to step away. There are plenty of opinions on what you should and shouldn’t do as a business owner and I love learning about what has brought other entrepreneurs success, but ultimately you have to create a process that works for you and your team. This is what works for me now in my current space, the wonderful thing about entrepreneurship is that there are no rules, and you are free to ever-innovate your process to ensure it is always working for your business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career as a digital storyteller and professional spokesperson consists of me wearing many different hats in production. Sometimes I am in front of the camera speaking on behalf of a brand, business, or organization as a Host and other times I am behind the camera producing, planning, and sometimes even shooting (I’m learning and loving it). I love this industry because no two days are alike and I get the opportunity to help brands and businesses share what makes them special by crafting engaging brand stories with video and dynamic social messaging. Video is a special medium, because it allows you to capture moments and memories in time. As a result, I’ve been a part of creating lasting joy for many events and special celebrations.

We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. 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?
It is hard to say what sets me apart from my peers, because I am blessed to be surrounded by incredibly talented creators, but I do think my background is very different. I never considered myself “a creative”, I was “the athlete’ until I was nearly 29. I didn’t go to film school, I had zero talent reel, no headshots, all I had was a whole lot of volleyball game film and an insane obsession with switching careers despite all the rational reasons not to. I had to be on camera, I had to work in production, and I HAD to tell stories. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, in my heart, it’s what I had to do. It was extremely difficult for a number of reasons, Number 1, I had no experience, and it’s hard to get experience -without experience. Number 2- I was 6’3 and frankly that put me out of so many jobs because directors didn’t want me towering over the interviewees. Number 3- I was competing with an incredible pool of talented people with great resumes and years of experience. What made me different was, I pursued it anyway. Being an athlete never leaves you, which is good and bad. We don’t accept loss easily, we take it hard, we take it personally. For the first time in my life, hours spent working-didn’t directly translate to growth and results like they did in the gym, and that was a tough pill for me to swallow. However, quitting isn’t and will never be an option, so everyday I worked. I did scripts about anything and everything to get better on camera- from seafood to mobility scooters-it wasn’t all sexy, but I kept getting better. Getting what you want isn’t easy, that’s just the truth, but you and only you can decide if you are willing to go all in and find the window when every door shuts on you.

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?

If you are looking to live it up in The Palm Beaches, here is my ideal itinerary: -Fly into PBI, it’s the best airport ever
-Jump off the plane and check into The Ben Hotel
– Grab lunch at Spruzzo, the rooftop view is epic and so are the lobster sliders and sangria
– Next cross the bridge to shop at the Royal Poinciana Plaza sneak in a drink at Honor Bar
– If you are feeling fancy, visit the historic Breakers Hotel and snap an insta pic
-Then head to Henry’s for dinner and try the Palm Beach version of pigs in a blanket
-When your ready to light up the night, the best spots are 123 Datura, Four, or Cucina


The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m not sure that there is enough space on the internet to shoutout the amazing people around me that have supported my head-first dive into the video production industry. My family and boyfriend were extremely supportive when I left a stable, well paid, corporate position -to tell stories on camera. In addition, I have to shout out my dynamic friend Sarah Schreiber who truly helped me kickstart my dream. She was my first friend in Florida, she shared all of her agencies with me, sent me auditions and coached me through self tapes. I’ve been blessed to find people in the media industry that were willing to lift me up, give me a shot, and support my growth when I was still so new to the game-teams from Trending Today, Media Zone, Royal Lion Media Group, Marianna Kheyfets Media, and Tasca Studios just to name a few!

Website: https://www.janaangel.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jana.k.angel/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jana-angel-1265a227

Twitter: https://twitter.com/janaangelmedia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janaangelmedia/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwK7ZDIE0_aiMa4hXGY_-PA

Image Credits
Photographer: Elevated Media

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