Capitol Communicator is running “Up Close and Personal” profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic. In this profile we feature Angela Edwards. Photography for the series is by award-winning Cade Martin, wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire and Sybil Street for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson, Janice Kinigopoulos and Lori Pressman for THE Artist Agency.

Angela, please provide us a short bio.

I’m a Senior Producer at ICF Next, which is based in Fairfax, Virginia.  Originally from New Jersey, I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S in Journalism. My first job in advertising was at ADWORKS and after a few years in Account Service and Research, I intentionally got into Production and started as an Associate Producer.  I started Twin Productions in 1998 and have produced all or some part of spots, documentaries, film, TV, live events and print.  In April 2017, a former client asked if I would be interested in joining ICF Next’s staff, it was and continues to be a great opportunity to work with a Creative team on national public service campaigns like Opioid Misuse, Sepsis, Zika, Smoking Cessation; and energy clients like BGE, PECO and DTE.

Are you involved in any other organizations?

I’m a long time WIFV member, it is such a valuable resource in this market.  I volunteer with Knine Rescue, and Comfort Cases and once a year, I try Ben’s Run 5K.

What are you are most proud of?

My family: My husband Paul, my daughter Ava, my son Rhys and my dog April.

Who are your personal role models?

At different times in my life, I’ve had different role models.  But I would not be a Producer without three important women.  Merrick Murdock, Linda Schloss and Judy Wittenberg.  Merrick recognized that I wanted to be a producer and recommended me for an Associate Producer job at the right time to Linda Schloss who along with Mark Greenspun took a chance on me.  My first big, go to LA shoot was with Judy Wittenberg who showed me how to get the job done with kindness and joy and creativity.   I also learned more than I could ever articulate working with Andy Ellis, Kim Gallagher, Elise Scott and Nancy Swenton.

Did these role models offer professional advice that helped you in your career?

I pay attention to everyone to see what works and what doesn’t. The best lessons I have learned came from making mistakes and adjusting from there.

What professional advice do you have for others?

Respect the Creative and the Client, work hard, listen more than you speak and send thank you notes.

What’s on your Spotify and Pandora playlists?

Nothing. I like podcasts and Audible as for music…Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry, REM, the Smiths, Alicia Keyes, Bobby Darrin, Adele, Bruno Mars, Nirvana, Dante Palminteri and, of course, Bruce Springsteen.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Do I have to pick one? In truth I love any meal where all I have to do is order and eat it, bonus points if good guacamole is included.

Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

I love second-hand book stores and the beach and I would take my dog with me everywhere if I could.

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