Angela Yee speaks at York College. Photo by Chris Kumar Singh
BY CHRIS KUMAR SINGH
Last Thursday, The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee visited York College to conduct an interview with a student organization.
Red Shoes, a dance-based organization created by students, invited Yee to speak to allow York students to see that opportunity is there for those that seek it.
Yee is known for her role with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, but also for the podcast Lip Service. She told York students that success doesn’t come overnight.
Yee briefly detailed her journey through the entertainment industry. She noted that with hard work, anything is possible.
“Things never happen the way you anticipate them to happen,” Yee said. “There is no right way to do anything. There are billionaires who went to college and there are billionaires that barely finished high school. That being said, I think that college provides opportunity that should be recognized with certain classes and things like internships.”
As a college grad, Yee also spoke on the importance of internships and how they could help inner city students with their writing, radio or music ambitions.
“My advice to all is take advantage of those opportunities,” Yee said. “I did so many internships—internships where I went so hard that by the end of the semester, I was the only one coming in on time, if at all. Working on the radio teaches you directly how certain things work. And as an artist, what more could you want? It’s like the cheat codes to a test.”
Students took notice of Yee’s tireless work ethic. In addition to her radio work, she spoke about her start with Wu Tang Management and her time with Eminem’s clothing brand, Shady Unlimited.
“Wu Tang was a great opportunity for me,” she said. “There were nine artists, and they were all signed to different labels. I got to meet many different people from different places who I still know to this day. Working with so many people, it taught me so much about the music industry and how important relationships are to business. Even working with Eminem and helping him launch his own clothing line, being a part of all of that helped, whether it was a lesson or a working relationship.”
Yee’s message to students was loud and clear—opportunities wait for no one.
“It’s really about your work ethic,” she said. “You look at me versus someone like Charlamagne. I did one or two internships, he’s done maybe a billion. We both are on the same show, but I’ve been in radio almost 13 years, whereas he’s almost been in it 20-plus years. So, you really have to find your own path and what can work for you.”
Wrapping up the interview, Yee drove home the importance of financial knowledge along with the ability to control your spending, regardless of your income.
“Look, regardless of what you want to do in life, you have to know how to handle your business,” Yee said. “There are people who have made millions of dollars and then lose it all because they don’t know how to handle their finances. Whatever it is you’re doing, you have to learn to do it to the best of your ability—point blank, period.”
Red Shoes President Courtney Dawson told the PRESS of Southeast Queens that the organization invited Yee with the hope of inspiring students to follow in her footsteps.
“We brought in Angela Yee to show the younger students, along with those that are about to finish, we all have opportunities to get anywhere we would like as long as we dedicate ourselves to that goal at hand,” Dawson said.