Angel Payne - Kentucky Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Erica Payne Photography by Tooley Photography Issue 29 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination:Angel Payne is an amazing young lady who deserves so much recognition. She is one of those girls that makes you realize that God has big plans for her life. She does not let the ways of the world compromise her morals or who she is trying to be. She has grown up in the outdoor amusement industry and has been working since she was old enough to walk. She always has that beautiful smile on her face and brings positivity to everyone she meets. Angel is a strong-willed, shy young lady who is always willing to step out of her comfort zone to accomplish her dreams. She is a member of the National Honor Society, volunteers where needed, and just finished a semester of Reading Mentorship with kindergarten students. She plans on becoming an Early Education Teacher, all while continuing with her family roots in the outdoor amusement industry. I cannot wait to see what God’s plans are for her future.
Tell us about your relationship with God. I believe that having a relationship with God helps me to be a better person and I want to honor Him in all areas of my life. I turn toward God through prayer, listening to K-Love, reading the Bible/ devotionals, chatting with my mom, and remembering that no matter what life throws at me God is always by my side. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 and my favorite song is Lauren Daigle - You Say.
What was it like growing up in the outdoor amusement industry? This kind of sounds cliché but growing up in the outdoor amusement business has been an absolute roller coaster ride. My great grandpa started his business in 1954 with a pony ride. My parents do a great job at balancing our lifestyle while allowing us to follow our dreams. I enjoy traveling and being able to spend time with my family doing what I love. People sometimes call me a “carny” and it used to bother me. Now when I hear the term, I often laugh and think, “We are showmen and we are in the outdoor amusement business.” We are people who work hard at bringing fun to different towns and watching families laughing and making memories. I am very lucky to have grown up in this business and I love exploring all the towns we travel to.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? I would tell others to never give up. Love yourself and Love God. Don’t focus on negative things in life and don’t let people bring you down. Find positive things through the negative situations. Life may not go the way you want it to, but remember God has bigger plans than what our eyes can see. Have faith and turn to Him.
How can someone not be afraid of standing out and being themselves while maintaining a positive attitude? Everyone has a story that has made them who they are today. People come to me saying, “How are you always so happy?” or “You’re so strong.” I have watched my older brother struggle with addiction for the past 11 years. I am not afraid to be who I am because I have watched him try to “fit” in with trials like drugs, alcohol, sex, and vaping. I have watched how these things have impacted his life and how it also had a negative impact on my family’s life. I have days where I feel like I get left out or I am not invited to “hang out” because of my beliefs on these subjects. That is when I lean on God, my mom, and my church family. My mom reminds me that I am “not” missing out on life when it comes to hanging out with people who are making bad choices. I am thankful for those everyday blessings in life including the struggles, they have made me who I am. I love who I am becoming, and I love being a great role model for my little sister. Life is too short to be anything but happy so don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.
Angel will be featured in issue 29 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!