We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Angel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, how do you think about risk?
The way I see it, taking risks is the only way to grow professionally and personally. I always encourage people to try something new or to take a chance on themselves. And what I’ve found most comforting is that things usually fall into place in a way that you couldn’t anticipate–even when it feels like you’ve made the worst mistake of your life! I now have a career that I love so deeply, and it’s all because I took the risk of leaving my (really great) job to try something new.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a professional writer for over 7 years now and I really believe that every type of writing/work that I’ve done has come together to make me the copywriter I am today. I started in broadcast as a radio producer and reporter, then I went on to development communications (fundraising) and then branched out on my own to do freelance sales/marketing copywriting. And while those may seem like totally different roles, the skills I took away from each one is still relevant to my work at the digital marketing agency I work with today. Early in my broadcast career, I learned storytelling, then I honed my attention to detail and then I learned sales psychology and marketing and it’s all come together to help me tell a brand’s story across platforms. It certainly wasn’t a clear or easy path and at times, I felt like I was jumping aimlessly and carelessly from one career to another. But now I recognize that consistently asking myself “what’s next?” is what forced me to level up my game and learn more and more. And I’m still asking myself what I need to master next. I don’t think I’ll ever stop!
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 born and raised in Miami, and I’d take an out of towner to the spots they’d expect to see like Wynwood and Miami Beach (North Beach, mostly), Downtown Miami, the Gables, the Grove–but I’d definitely show them the lesser-known restaurants and bars within those areas that only us locals know about. Then, I’d also take them to South Miami, Little Havana, and even West Kendall where there are new small businesses opening up all the time. And no trip would be complete without visiting some of the historic parks that go unnoticed in Miami: Matheson Hammock, Crandon Park, Virginia Key, etc. Let’s go to Homestead and the Keys too! There’s just so much to see beyond South Beach (which is the name of a great blogger duo by the way). I mean the list goes on and on…
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?
My husband really deserves a shoutout for the unwavering support of my crazy ideas. I mean, think about it: We are both financially responsible for our house and our children’s livelihoods–and he trusted me enough to go out on my own and do something that neither of us knew for sure would work out. That takes a lot of love, patience, and faith in the person who is taking such a huge risk. And I’ll always be so grateful to him for that.
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