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Conversations with the Inspiring Angie Cavallari

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Cavallari.

Denver author Angie Cavallari recently published the book Trailer Trash: an ’80s in August 2018. The memoir, set in the 1980s, tells the odd and very true story of her life growing up on both sides of the tracks.

In 1980, her parents decide to buy a trailer park and raise their kids amongst the poorer population while deciding to send her and her siblings far away to prestigious private schools and worlds away from her community.

For years, Cavallari hid the secret of her childhood because of the stigma attached to trailer parks that still exists today. However, she felt compelled to share her story so that others did not feel alone when in the ditch of societal divides and because she loves the ’80s and wanted to relive all the bad music and fashion decisions.

By sharing her story, she hopes to shed light on how she overcame societal barriers and that where you came from can shape who you are in a positive way if you know how to view it.

Has it been a smooth road?
Not at all. Writing a memoir requires you to relive all the good, bad and horrid memories but it also acts as a cathartic and lifts the burden of carrying those throughout your life. Just because something is bad doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.

Any advice for other women, particularly young women who are just starting their journey?
For aspiring female authors out there, I would say that they need to find their support posse and keep a tough skin. Putting yourself out there comes with a few barbs coming your way in the form of rejection starting from pitching to publishers to handling reviews to bookstores that may or may not even carry your book.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an author but I have been a professional writer/business blogger for nearly 20 years. Professionally, I am most proud of my book, Trailer Trash: an ’80s Memoir.

I think what sets me apart from others is the ability to understand how sensitive I am but bounce back through an also resilient spirit.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Do not settle. It sounds clique and that’s because it’s ubiquitous in the professional world. Earlier in my career, I lacked the confidence that usually comes with experience and coupled with the insecurity of being a female with concerns about how you look or whether you are offending anyone. You have value and something to offer that will require you to forget how “pretty” you are supposed to be and whether you have upset anyone. Leave that attitude in the dustbin of history where it belongs.

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