Angel Aviles grew up on the lower east side of New York City in a home filled with drama, literally. Her mother was part of a local theater group and exposed all of her children to the lively and fine arts from the earliest ages. With the energy of a dynamically charged urban environment as a significant influence, it didn’t take long for Angel’s vibrant creative spirit to manifest itself. She studied dance, at the prestigious High School of Performing Arts, and drama at Hunter College. The acting bug soon bit Angel. She left college with several commercials and a short stint on daytime television added to her resume and followed her brother Rick Aviles (some may recall him as Willie Lopez in the film classic GHOST) to Los Angeles.
Today, Angel is a motivational speaker and transformational life coach. Her ability to reach out to community’s across the globe is her gift and calling. With humor, humility, and relatable vulnerability, Angel uses personal anecdotes to seal the chasms that seem to separate people. Her message is always the same; no matter where you have been, you can do anything you set your mind to do. She is also co-owner of the lifestyle empowerment brand, Living Firme.
Angel’s work in film has included projects by Quentin Tarantino, Alan Rudolph, Michael Patrick King, and Steven Bochco. She landed a principal lead in the Allison Anders girl gang classic “Mi Vida Loca,” portraying Sad Girl, a role for which she is known internationally. While on the set of the Robert Rodriguez film “Desperado,” Angel spotted her first non-linear editing system. In 1996, Angel returned to school to study, multimedia production.
Angel worked in multimedia, creating a body of work for a variety of corporate and private clients, but the desire to connect to her community never left her. In 2004, she started a blog with her creative partner, and BF Cafe became an online cultural exchange that encouraged people to express themselves artistically. In 2009, Angel began a journey of self-discovery and health and started her blog www.AngelAwakened.com
Angel remains hugely active online and is considered a social influencer.