#CLTInspreneurs: Angel Heller

Meet Angel, taxidermist and vintage connoisseur 

Meet Angel Heller, a sweet angel.

Owner: 

Forsaken Vintage

About:

Forsaken Vintage is about two years old. I just started it one day when I was bored because I wanted to show people the stuff I like and collect.

What is a typical day like for you?

I do a mix of taxidermy, thrifting and taking photos

Favorite part about being an entrepreneur?

Freedom

Least favorite?

Having to make money 🙁

What did you do before you went out on your own?

I worked in Ralph Lauren’s photo studio.

Why did you pick Charlotte as the home of your business?

I moved here to be closer with my boyfriend. We both have an appreciation for old antique stuff. He builds vintage style choppers and is based out of Charlotte so it made sense to be here.

What inspired you to go out on your own?

Just working in a corporate setting was enough motivation!

What do you do when you’re not working?

Travel and take photos. I am getting back into photography.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being out on your own?

Don’t let anyone push you make decisions and don’t do anything you don’t like.

Talk about a time you failed big time and what you did next.

I fail on a daily basis. The best thing to do is not care too much, move on and keep trying your best.

Who do you look up to or look to for inspiration/advice? 

My best friend Annie. She owned a vintage store in Chapel Hill called Time After Time. To this day it was the best vintage store out there. She is also probably the coolest person I’ve ever met. I have never seen anyone with a better person style or vintage collection than her.  Her advice is always solid and I love her to death.

What’s your motto, or some words you live by? 

Y O L O 

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to be an entrepreneur?

Stop thinking about it and just do it.

Where can people stalk ya?

@forsakenvtg

What’s your “power color”?

I really like orange

A Note from BW on Angel…

We chose Angel to represent the WEIRD space. She’s doing really cool work with vintage and taxidermy (some of which you can find now at Subsecreto). She’s traveling all over, building networks and learning new skills everyday; we know this is key to growing as an entrepreneur. We also totally appreciate that she’s creating a business out of personal interests… because let’s be honest… if you’re not doing what you love, you’re doing it wrong.

 

 

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