We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Ferrari and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The word “work” in it of itself is worth a ponder. It’s as if society sets us up to think that what we do to make income needs to be hard or a grind. I was a bit of a rebel at an early age so I would often do the opposite of what I was told. In the big picture I could see how this worked out for me because it allowed me to question things by not always going with the grain. I think this is important, lest we find ourselves within the walls of conformity that can often feel like a prison. I suppose this is where the journey began for me. I asked what I deem to be a very valuable question. Is it possible to “play” for a living? It was my curiosity that seemed to be the magic ingredient that allowed for the discovery. At the time, I had what I thought to be a high paying corporate job (high for a youngster anyway), and I suddenly realized that the ability to buy a lot of things wasn’t as fulfilling as I thought. Monday through Friday was stressful and that was the majority of my life! There had to be more. And there was… In short, I left it all in search for the answer to my question. Is it possible to play for a living? I figured I could always go back to “the grind” if it turned out to be no. But what if it was yes?! Wouldn’t that be the master key to this thing we call life? If I could do what I loved for a living wouldn’t that have a ripple effect that would impact so many other areas of my life? Yes. I’m a walking testament that it is possible to play for a living. It takes courage, I will admit. There were times that I questioned my sanity because I was coloring outside the lines that the security of logic provides. But once I discovered what I loved to do there was so much flow involved. The first time I got paid for it I could barely believe it was real. I remember thinking, “I totally would’ve done this for free.” Balance organically showed up in my life as a result of doing what I Ioved. Perhaps it was a bonus gift for the courage it took to follow my heart. At any rate, I’m usually too busy playing to notice. ~Angela
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I recently released my Debut Album “Heartbreak Mixtape”. It’s basically a journal that was translated into music. There’s a lot of depth in this album that’s easy for people to relate to. I was Inspired by an eclectic array of music and I’m most known for my powerful and emotional vocal stylings. I don’t hold back and that tends to pull people into my experience. I’m not sure of where the passion for singing came from, but I recall being drawn to music at a very young age. It never really felt like a choice, music was just sort of in my bones. When I sing, I go somewhere else. I get completely lost in it. It’s where I channel all the pent-up energy. I guess that’s why I have such passion around it, it’s like an acceptable way to scream. I’ve performed around the globe opening for acts such as American Authors, Train and Starship. And other memorable events like the NFL Hall of Fame Party, NFL Celebrity Super Bowl Party, NFL National Anthem, NCAA Final Four VIP Night and Radio Stations Shows. I was once asked what the scariest moment in my career was… I was in the corporate world and had a well-paying job and a comfortable life. The light in my eyes was dimming though. It was as if I was chasing one external high after the next, but nothing lasted. So one day I booked a solo trip to Bali. When I came back, I quit my job and declared I was going to start singing. It was very scary at first, but the love I had for singing superseded the fear of the unknown. So I just kept going. And it all worked out better then I could’ve imagined. I was attracting things that matched the love I had for what I was doing. That’s why today I stand for people doing what they love. It’s the Master Key to this thing we call life…in my humble opinion.
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?
I live right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale and while it’s very difficult to pick a favorite, you can usually find me at Bourbon & Bones sitting at the bar enjoying their imperial old fashioned (best I’ve EVER had), Toca Madera sippin on tequila and enjoying their heavenly tacos, Tocaya or Farm & Craft for a healthy lunch, or Sanctuary Resort kickin back to the amazing views and listening to live music
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my folks and their impenetrable support, to Will Armijo who referred me and is just as crazy as I am, to all my fellow entrepreneurs who courageously pave the way for others to be free to play, to my favorite authors/speakers Eckhart Tolle, Dr Joe Dispenza, Michael Singer (to name only a few), and lastly to my favorite scientists Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein who were well ahead of their time.
Photographer: Kristina Mayes