By Ryan Velez
Ahyiana Angel, host of the Switch Pivot or Quit podcast asks, “Have you noticed that we are no longer living in a world where ambitious people settle for a life of meeting expectations imposed by society? The attitude of generations past is gone, if we want it, we go out and get it.” Black Enterprise recently sat down with Angel to discuss how she changed careers and how her podcast provides information on how other women can do the same.
Why did Angel decide to leave a job that many people would dream of: as a sports entertainment publicist? Like many people in their jobs, it’s a matter of not feeling fulfilled. “At the NBA I had a front row seat to all things spectacular in entertainment; I managed everything from red carpets at the NBA All-Star Games to exclusive shoots with Jimmy Kimmel Live during the playoffs. But somewhere in between, I started to wonder, ‘What’s next?’”
However, the transition between realizing she was unsatisfied and actually making a move was not an instant one. “It was a combination of two things: having started the process of learning and understanding myself as well as consulting with my parents. I had already been doing plenty of personal development work to determine what I truly wanted out of life and what would make me feel fulfilled. It was a process of digging deep, answering questions I’d never answered before, identifying my values, and getting real with myself; accountable.
After I’d identified what I wanted my next steps in my life/career to be, I went to my parents and ran it by them, they were overwhelmingly supportive. They had a tremendous amount of confidence in me, and when I think back it is probably because I had just as much confidence in myself. Once I knew that they were not in opposition to me changing careers and making a risky move, it just lifted a weight and gave me the extra boost that I needed to move relatively fearless.”
The Switch, Pivot, or Quit name for her podcast isn’t just a catchy name, as Angel did this herself after leaving her job, liquidating many of her assets to finance herself while she tried to get her first manuscript published. After succeeding, this proved to be a gateway to a whole new life, traveling the world with a book released nationwide.