We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Cantrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
This answer has two parts. The business name and original concept came from one of my uncles. When I was host for our annual family reunion in 2010, he and I discussed my desire to start an Event Planning business. His words still ring clear, “you’re more than an event planner, you’re more like a social consultant, cause you can do it all”. Although, I took several years of soul searching to come up with a way to embrace his words and combine them with my passion and purpose. Ultimately I determined that the best way to do what I love creatively and be of service to others, would come through helping home owners move to their next stage in life.
Please tell us more about your work. 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?
Honestly, I’m proud that I’ve gotten to a place where fear of failure is no longer a factor, although it has taken years to overcome. Business-wise, growing up with parents who owned and operated a family business over 10 years, and obtaining a Bachelors in Business Management, running a business is second nature. Creatively, these skills were tapped into and developed during my teen years, when I was tasked to develop and coordinate our business annual theatrical hair and fashion shows. Over the years, I’ve learned that fear of failure will keep you from achieving your dreams. Honestly I’m not sure if I’m concerned with what the world knows about me. I am more concerned with serving my purpose, leaving a legacy for my children, and positively impacting as many lives as possible while I’m here in the physical.
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?
Dining; the Flying Biscuit is a must, other than that, there are way too many to choose from Atlanta. Drinks and hangout; Monticello, it’s close, and has a lot to offer. Visit; The Center for Civil and Human Rights, High Museum of Arts, Atlanta History Center, Krog Street area, and everywhere associated with John Lewis and Martin L. King Jr. Most interesting people and places can definitely be found in Little Five Points!
Alright, so let’s jump right in! 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 a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
First let me say, I find it hard to believe that anyone has achieved success on their own accord, Even less than positive experiences, contribute to success. But to keep this brief, aside from God and my children who are my reason why, if not for my uncle Pathon Swoope, Eye 4 Design Social Consultant would not exist. Shoutout to my sister, Velma Smith, who has put her trust and belief in me on several occasions, my brother, John Cantrell and his wife Elizabeth, who have both gone above and beyond with their support, and Rodney Gordon, my cousin, whose love and support I cannot put into words.