TN10: Angel James, Storyteller and Content Creator
Basic bio: Angel James is a former TV news producer who now runs a social media content creation business. She’s an empty-nesting, 80s-music-loving, midlife “crisis-ing” mom, who in the last year: Sent her son to college, sold her house, gave away just about everything in it, moved across the country, and started over in the NYC area.
Beyond the bio: For most of my life, I based my value on my productivity. When I quit TV news, my son asked me, “Who will you BE if you quit TV?” That hit me hard. TV news is what I did. Not who I am. I lost my sister this year. What I’ve learned is you should work to live, not live to work.
What makes you a grown-ass lady? I no longer need validation from others. Validation is for parking.
Here’s her TueNight 10:
On the nightstand: A book. Always a book. Mostly, historical fiction.
Can’t stop/won’t stop: Being exactly who I am.
Jam of the minute: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears.
Thing I miss: Rom-coms.
'80s crush: Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid and Glenn Scarpelli in One Day at a Time.
Current crush: I’d have to say Jeff Goldblum, because I've met him and he's as nice in person as you would imagine.
Last thing you lost: Deciding to move to the East Coast at age 50 left a lot of people thinking I’d lost my mind.
Best thing that happened recently: Being with my son, who just finished his first year at college.
Looking forward to: Finding myself. To quote Emily McDowell, “You are not a ten-dollar bill in last winter's coat pocket. You are not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. ‘Finding yourself’ is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.”