Angi Phillips is a calligrapher, graphic designer and calligraphy teacher, specializing in modern handwritten script and hand-lettered design for corporate events and weddings, for business applications like logos, products and publications, large-scale script murals, and in person, live lettering at events. She is also the founder of Angelique, Ink which is a creative studio of calligraphy and design providing hand lettered design work for brands and events, and custom stationery and calligraphy services for weddings and clients worldwide. She also teaches calligraphy to a variety of students of different levels at various locations throughout Southern California, occasionally other locations in the U.S. and internationally.
Angi shares how starting out her career as a calligrapher helped grow as her authentic self and become more confident. She also shares how it has helped her stop comparing herself to others and continue to pursue her own path.
Angi Phillips is a a calligrapher and business owner.
Angi is of Filipina and Caucasian descent.
Favorite Self Confidence Quote
Success and validation are just a sideshow to the true pursuit which is growth.
Definition of Self Confidence
Self confidence is an awareness and acceptance of your flaws, failures and mistakes, as well as your strengths, passions, and aspirations, and how that awareness and acceptance invites us into a balance of humility, courage and baddassery to do your thing and bring something good into the world, whether that’s on a personal individual level or through global influence.
Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence
Angi felt insecure, always looking for external validation and approval, thinking that her worth was only held in how useful she could be and never knowing how to say no. She would keep an inner tally of comparison and wonder how she could get to someone else’s “level” if only she could do more.
The “AHA” Moment
For Angi, there’s been an ongoing realization and fine tuning that she doesn’t think will ever be complete. You know how in different areas of life—like in work as an example, when starting out as a calligrapher, she felt so under qualified and constant imposter syndrome, and then at some point realized—wow she is doing a thing she didn’t dream she could do a year ago and people look to her for answers and inspiration—and she can be so proud of that. And that happens constantly as she continue to grow in both artistry and business sense, even when it’s a difficult season, she can keep looking back to recognize how much growth has happened and say “wow, I’m ok.” That’s an example from the work/business side of life, but she thinks a parallel journey has to exist in other facets of life like relationships, friendships, mental health, etc.
Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence
Angi doesn’t feel that need to compare herself to others, or to wait for validation because she knows she is creating good work. Instead of scrolling socials and wishing she could do this or that, or be like this person or that person, she is inspired and deliberate with pursuing her own path that doesn’t follow what everyone else is doing or looking at.
The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener
You can own wherever you are in the journey. It’s a windy road will dip in and out of confidence—that’s ok. If you check in with yourself often—acknowledge the motivations and the struggles, and recognize your true pursuit, there’s a freedom to be deliberate, accepting and fully yourself.
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