A warm welcome
My dear readers, it is my pleasure to introduce to you a successful woman who knows how to take what is best from two worlds: art and business. She is a graphic designer and a successful business entrepreneur with a huge experience in her field.
I am very happy she accepted this interview and with no further ado I will begin. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Mrs Angela McCall.
Angela, could you, please, tell us a little bit about you? Who are you?
I’m Angela McCall, owner and operator of Angela McCall & Associates. I’m a wife, mother, graphic designer, business entrepreneur and an online marketer.
I majored Commercial Art in college and I have worked as a Graphic Designer in the bay area and San Joaquin Valley area.
I worked for Apple Computer, NASA, Expo Advertising… just to mention a few. And now I am venturing my business online.
From printing to interactive media, my business is spearheading more towards digital media.
How did you choose the graphic design career? How did it happen?
My original career choice was to be a Fine Artist. But my dad said, “You’ll never make money in Arts. Choose a career that is in demand.” And so I guess I had to change my major a little bit. But then later on I took Commercial Arts anyway. Slightly different from Fine Arts, but it is still Arts.
Little did I knew, I never thought that computers would be invented. And ever since then, I have used computers to execute all of my designs. I love working on computers and designing graphic and web designs.
What do you like most about graphic design?
The thing I love the most about Graphic Design is I don’t only satisfy my clients but also myself. It is kind of different from Fine Arts. In Fine Arts you execute your arts no matter what people say, you don’t care what they say, it is your own expression. However, in Graphic Design, it’s different.
It’s all about pleasing the client and not yourself. But most of the time, I am pleased with my design as well as my clients. I would never present anything to them that I didn’t like.
What are the things you like to do most in graphic design?
I tell you I’ve done almost everything except television. My very first job was cartooning for a company and it was “The Winning Weigh” and “How to Stop Smoking in 5 Days.”
I felt very blessed when I got hired at this company before I even graduated college.
However, cartooning is really not my cup of tea. I mean I don’t consider myself as the best cartoonist. In fact, cartoon is another media and I don’t think this is my expertise.
I have done a little bit of animation and slide productions for a company in the bay area. And I think the only reason why they hired me out of 300 applicants was I had experience doing slide productions before. And that was the cartooning project I have mentioned above. Still I don’t think this is my best but I did it anyway despite of.
What I love doing the most is the website designs. I also love doing logos. On the side, I love creative digital photography.
Since I am not painting on canvas at the moment, I love working on my computer creating digital photography. To me, this is my Fine Arts which I can be CREATIVE without me pleasing a client. To me it’s pure EXPRESSION of myself.
What are the software tools you like to work with?
I love Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. I’ve used these software since day one. I don’t think there is any software I can compare. Perhaps there are other EASY ones in the market today but since these software were among the very first ones I’ve used, to me it’s very easy.
How did Angela McCall & Associates started?
Tell you the truth, I didn’t want to start a business online. All I wanted was to execute my portfolio on my website. But when I took the webinar for social media marketing, I’ve learned that I could make money on blogging. So since I had experienced blogging at Livejournal in the past, something I am familiar with and so why not? Since then Angela McCall & Associates was born.
What kind of things you create for your clients?
All kinds of things: website designs, graphic designs, sales promotional, brochures, etc.
Your beautiful art is now more and more known. You were interviewed on ABC Channel 30. Could you tell us more?
It was the time when I just launched my website and Juanita Stevenson, reporter for Valley Works (ABC Channel 30), messaged me on my Facebook fan page.
After reading her message, I asked my husband if Juanita Stevenson rings a bell. And he said, “Oh yes, she’s that reporter on Channel 30.” Then after hearing that I was really stoked.
I was about just died when she said she wanted to interview me for the 20-minute footage on Channel 30, CentralValleyWorks.com.
I’ve never been on television before and the thought of it was nerve wrecking. But when she came to our house, I was very relaxed. Like she told me, be myself and just relax. And so I did. It was a real pleasant experience to be interviewed by Channel 30.
By the way, you can meet Angela at:
Skype ID: angeld0ve
I know your passions go beyond graphic design. What else do you like?
I love singing and playing guitar on my spare time. I also love ballroom dancing. I would normally go ballroom dancing on the first Sunday of the month. But lately, I haven’t done it coz I’ve been busy. Also, I love outdoor photography.
Whenever we travel, I’m always the person holding the camera. When we’re at the restaurant, I’m always taking pictures of the food. Every little details. My sister said, “Angela takes pictures of everything!” LOL. That’s right. I do that all the time.
What kind of music do you like?
I love classical, hip hop, easy rock, and contemporary. I also like “classical blue music” of Patsy Cline but in reality I’m really not into “country music” just some music in the past because it was the song I used to hear when my mom put us to sleep. :)
Tell us about a beautiful moment in your life that is related to dance
In the past, I used to go disco dancing with my friends and some of my friends told me I was the “disco queen.” I love dancing. I think it’s the best way to exercise your body. You’re having fun and at the same time losing weight.
And so there was a time in my life, me and my daughter (Rachel) took Hawaiian dancing and we both enjoyed it. When we did our first recital, there was about 800 people in the audience. It was nerve wrecking at the time but I enjoyed performing in front of people.
Then there was another point in my life that I wanted to relieve my stress. And so my girlfriend (Ana) invited me to go ballroom dancing.
I have always wanted to learn ballroom dancing but I just didn’t have any chance until one day I was invited to it. So mind you, it was my first time and know nothing about the ballroom other than I’ve seen it on “Dancing with the Stars” and I’m always fascinated by it. Ana introduced me to all of her friends at the Radisson Inn where the ballroom took place.
When they got up and start doing the Line dancing, I’ve joined Ana and the rest of the group on the floor. I’ve learned Line dancing from a few friends at church and so I thought, hey I can do it. And so the band was playing and we were having fun dancing in front of the orchestra.
I was having a ball. When all of a sudden, I fell on the floor!!! I was just about DIED when that happened. I got up pretty quickly and walked away. Then one of Ana’s friend followed me and said, “Hey, don’t feel bad. If you didn’t fall then you are not a real dancer. All of us fell on the floor.”
All of Ana’s friends surrounded me giving me words of comfort. I was very embarrassed but at the same time very relieved because I thought I have met the most wonderful people in the world.
Since then I have joined their dance group and I met Jerry, my dance partner. He was the one who taught me how to dance Rumba when I didn’t even know anything about ballroom dancing.
He said that I’ve got moves and style and although I didn’t know how to dance ballroom, he thinks that I could learn pretty quick. So he asked me if I wanted to perform on a Show Dance which happened only last year of June 2012. The video above is my first and last Show Dance. I didn’t continue after this.
You love pets. Actually, you are a dog lover. Could you tell us more about this?
Well, I’m not only a “dog lover” but I think I just love animals in general. My grandfather loved animals and his best friend was this “black German shepherd” we used to have.
Every single day grandpa would take this dog for a walk. He would let this dog licked his face. Eat from his plate. And I’ve learned all these compassion from him.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother’s friend had kittens. And I remember one time crying for it because I wanted to take one home so bad. But grandma said, “No.” I’m actually allergic to cat’s hair.
I used to have asthma when I was a little girl, I nearly died from it. And so the doctor told grandma to keep me away from cats hair.
And that’s how I began to love poodles coz they don’t shed plus they are very intelligent and very easy to coach. They think almost like humans! And since I grew up with a German shepherd, my husband wanted to have one and so I didn’t mind.
Their hair is not so fine like cats. And like the poodles, the German shepherds has the intelligence that is very easy to coach.
Grandma used to call the German shepherd “police dog” and so I’ve always wanted to have a police dog who can guard me and my family.
Do you remember a funny moment with your dog or another persons’ dog?
OMG…Kahlua, our German shepherd, was very protective. One time, I answered the UPS at the door and the guy wanted me to sign the paper for this package. Lo and behold, I was unaware the front door was ajar and Kahlua got out.
She walked towards the UPS man. And this happened pretty quickly, she was now chasing him!
While this was happening, I forgot the commands I’ve taught Kahlua. Out of panic all I said was, “Hey! Hey!” Instead of the word, “STOP.” The UPS man jumped in a truck.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
My dad was an electrical engineer and my mom graduated from secretarial course in college. My dad used to work abroad in Vietnam during the war. Yeah, it was crazy.
He used to tell us stories that he heard bomb explosions here and there. But he took the chance anyway despite of the condition in Vietnam.
Dad graduated as a summa cum laude in college. He was a genius. But because of being so poor then, he had a dream to come to America.
Future in the Philippines way back then was GONE. There were lots of people who were college graduates but end up jobless! And so he pursued coming to America.
There were 8 of us sibling, 5 girls and 3 boys. One brother died in his sleep and so there’s only 7 of us left. All of my family are here in United States. We have cousins still back home but they weren’t really close to us.
My dad died a few years ago and only my mom living. Mom is very sick with diabetes. She goes to dialysis 3x a week and my brother takes care of her at the moment.
I have been married for 21 years now. Me and my husband have one daughter. And I have another daughter from my previous marriage. I’m a grandmother and I have a little granddaughter name Scarlett. She’s 1 1/2 year old. She’s adorable and smart. Although she’s very demanding at times, she is a real blessing to us. We love her to death.
My little love story
Anyway, I met my husband in church. He was my first and last “blind date.” At the time I was living in the bay area close to Apple Computer.
I had been divorce for 2 years and was living in an apartment alone with my eldest daughter. I never thought I would remarry again but when I met my husband, it all changed direction.
At the time I was dating this young engineer whom I have never thought of marrying. I was just going to break up with him when all of a sudden my girlfriend said, “Would you like to date Jim’s brother?” (referring to my husband) Btw, Jim is the guy I know from church but we were never friends but he was a friend of my girlfriend then. My girlfriend said, “Jim wanted to set a date where you can meet his brother Tim.”
I remember it was early Spring time and I was wearing my purple flowered dress. It was kind of windy that day. I could see myself coming out of that blue car, walking towards the church, and stepping inside the building.
When I got into the lobby, I looked around. I’ve seen my girlfriend with Jim talking. But I didn’t see Tim around. And so here I was looking for someone that looked just like Jim, when all of a sudden Jim said, “This is my brother, Tim”
Looking at his brother, whoa!!! He didn’t really look anything like him. In fact, he looks better than Jim. I thought he looked like Superman! Yeah. Clean cut. Wearing a suit with his squared glasses. I was a bit nervous and so was he.
But he made me feel comfortable because he kept telling me jokes inside the church during the sermon!
And so my sister-in-law said to us, “Sssssssshhhhhhh…” but me and Tim just kept on laughing like kids.
And that’s how it started. After our first date, my girlfriend asked me, “So how’s things with you guys?” I said, “Wow, I am dating Superman!!!” hahaha…I really thought he looked like Superman. Perhaps it’s that square glasses. But I was truly in love with this man! And since then it’s history. We’ve been through ups and down, through thick and thin, but thank God we’re still together!
Could you tell us something beautiful, from the deep of your heart?
God is a big part of my life. Without Him, I won’t be here today. Without the love of God, I will be a very bitter person. Being obedient to His word is a matter of survival. My grandmother taught me how to pray at the age of seven and since then, I have never forgotten my purpose in life.
Thank you very much Angela for this wonderful interview.
Now you know her. Wife, mother, graphic designer, business entrepreneur and internet marketer Angela is a wonderful person full of life and passion. I think we all can learn something from her story. Please share your thoughts about this interview and connect with Angela at:
Skype ID: angeld0ve