#TPBTH Meet: Angel Postell
Name, Craft, Most Known Handle, Website:
Angel Passailaigue Postell, Publicist and Event Producer, Owner of Home Team PR and Events, Producer of BevCon Charleston, and Charleston Editor, The Daily Meal, @angelpostell, www.hometeampr.com
How did you get started?
I really blame/credit my dad for getting started in my career. At a young age, I was attending political rallies and walking door-to-door meeting people when he was running for public office. He also named me “talent coordinator” for the Charleston Rainbows baseball team (the previous name of the team at the time he co-owned it). My job was to make sure the players had a good time in the VIP lounge. There was also media interviews in high school that I had to handle. Though I did not realize it at the time, I have been in PR a good bit of my life. So when I went to college and had the chance to intern with the World Cup Soccer when it was taking place in the US, I jumped on it. During that time, I was “Striker” the soccer tournament mascot, wrote speeches for the host chair, organized parties, and served as an assistant to actor Andrew Shue for the day. Afterwards I went to ask my professor “what is this job I am doing” and he said it was public relations, I replied “sign me up”. The rest is history. I graduated with a BA in Journalism with a specialty in PR and have been working in the industry for twenty years.
Who or what influenced you the most as you were developing your craft?
My dad for sure. And I always have had my eye on people who worked really hard and were extremely successful at what they did. I worked at some of the largest PR firms in Florida and then started working at Convention & Visitor Bureaus where I learned a ton about promoting large destinations. Along the way, I had several female bosses who were tough and extremely hard working. I knew I wanted to be like them, and become them one day. There are also a lot of people who don’t work hard or do things unprofessionally. They motivate me to do the opposite. Chef wise, Ken Vedrinski hired me early on and taught me a ton about food. I knew nothing and he exposed me to a lot of great food and food experiences that were instrumental to who and where I am today.
Why do you love your job?
It is just so much fun. It is a lot of work, and the 24-7 kind of work, but the rewards are great and make it worth it. People often think all I do is eat and drink, which yes, often is the case but there is a lot more to it. One of my favorite things about the job is the friends I have made all over the country, and in a variety of positions—other PR pros, chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, artisans, farmers, servers, media—it is a great group of folks I can call on if needed.
What inspires you?
Great writing and great photography. I love reading anything I can and if it is written well, I get super inspired and want to be better at what I do. I love writers and photographers who find interesting subjects or topics and go in deep. I do also love a good Pinterest session.
5 words that describe who you are:
driven, organized, a little wild, caring, someone who likes to be up on the latest news
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
A dancer, and really a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson
What I do is pretty great, but now would be a Beyoncé back-up dancer (fan hair and all), or a philanthropist that gave away a ton of money and then had a second house on a tropical island.
3 things you aspire to be or do:
Be a great mom to my two boys, always. Be a great friend and partner to my husband, family and friends. Publish a coffee table book on restaurant bathrooms.
Fill in the blank (I appreciate _______ in my life, because _______).
I appreciate good food and drinks in my life, because that is what it should be filled with.
What was one of the hardest lessons or toughest obstacles you had to overcome?
That not all people are good. I try to find the good in people, but running a major event like the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, you saw a lot of people who were not so good. Their motives were not pure and a lot of people are very selfish and self-focused. It was surprising how many people talked about me behind my back or worse, talked bad to me about others and then acted like their best friend otherwise. I got anonymous hate mail for a while (cowards) and had people who wanted to get me fired because they wanted my job. It was just very sad and took away from why I helped create and start the event in the first place. And it ultimately lead to me wanting to leave and rebuild my company. It was the best decision I ever made and I am now surrounded by good people who are not selfish or self-focused.
Advice for someone who is looking to begin a new hobby/job/life pursuit:
Follow your passion. Figure out what you love and work towards doing it. It takes a lot of work to be successful so if you are lazy, you might want to stay in that boring 9-5 job. I also think you have to think big–who or what do you want to meet, or be and just do it! Don’t just think local either. I believe “no” is the gateway to something bigger so I am not scared to hear it over and over, knowing something will eventually become a yes.
Something your followers would be surprised to learn about you:
I am pretty much an open book, but I guess one thing would be, I do not like going out to big events. Even though I run events, I do not like having to talk to a lot of people in one setting. I would rather be at a small, intimate gathering with a few folks and have great, meaningful conversations than to have to talk to dozens of folks and repeat the same thing over and over. I love talking to people, just not casually and quickly. I also hate talking on the phone.
I can’t name restaurants (there are too many) but I love eating out really most anywhere in Charleston and in any good food city. I love seafood, poached eggs with bacon, a good pizza, a good salad bar, and dessert.
Wine first. I love a great cocktail but they do not like me in the morning. Beer is a good every day drink. And of course lots and lots of water.
Soulshine by Gov’t Mule
“You never know.” You never know who the person you meet at the playground is, knows, and will become. Be nice and get to know people. It makes for a fuller and more interesting life.
@angelpostell (twitter and Instagram)