We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, how do you think about risk?
Without risk there is nothing, Reach further than your grasp is my thing. No Success, change or growth comes without risk. Have to believe and stay in belief of what we are creating , working towards and fighting for . Never giving up in the task at hand. We can’t know ever if we don’t try ,with an open heart and give it our all in good faith.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love all art and grew up with the best of it being discussed and around me. In very dark times , I would go sneak into a theater as a kid and watch one or a few films in a row to escape the world around me. To be totally encapsulated in a dream of new worlds to explore. To feel is to heal … to see my truth in theirs pulled into the screen. To be terrified by horror films , laughing so hard almost spitting a lung out watching bad santa , heartbroken in dramas , torn up inside. In absolute awe watching Life is Beautiful as my father sat next to me , glancing over at me at the end so surprised , tears flowing, that look in his eyes and feeling I will never forget . For me the movie theater and films are pure magic.Visual story telling was life changing for me Physiologically , emotionally ,really in all ways. It is a medium if done right can change the Trajectory for some or the masses. The hardest thing about film making is it must be done with teams of people , one rotten apple or spoon of salt can ruin the Sunday. It is even worse if you have more than one of those obstacles which is common in film. Can be very unhealthy and traumatizing , financially and otherwise. The art and business of it really aren’t complicated, the issue is many in the industry know nothing about either or both, nor do they care. In spite of this you can make wondrous films and there is a ravenous need for them now more then ever. Sadly you will run Into some or all of those things which is such a shame and so unnecessary. You must be tough, never give up, especially as an indie female or minority and also an older artist. The best case scenario is freedom and artistic flow with those around you always believing in it and what is being done as a whole instead of tearing it to pieces. Whenever I have had that freedom and support around me , nothing can stop me. I have created my best work that I am extremely proud of with those elements in place.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So many things to list , I struggle with choosing any one thing. The ocean and mountains are so beautiful. Malibu is my favorite always but I have never been anywhere here in California and said this sucks. I think supporting local art is always a plus. Going to galleries Tracy Parks in Malibu and small theater productions all over Los Angeles. I would look into it and choose random ones and support them, it is where you find magic. For food many have been hurt by pandemic so supporting independent eateries is huge. I love Lilly’s in Malibu and Wabi Sushi in Venice! I love Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica. I love watching dance performances always as a mother of dancers . Also supporting dance studios as they have struggled as well with pandemic . Take a local dance class , Los Angeles has the best classes, booty pop with Karma Raines and contemporary with Lo Cody, modern with Seda Aybay. Ballet with the living legend Stephan Wenta at paper and plastic café in the back room a few times a week. I love walking most and hiking anywhere and every where trails abound! Something I need to do more of again is Boating , water sports and activities and biking! Malibu is great for all of those things. I think the west coast is an eyegasm overall .
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is very hard as I am a product of so many teaching me, healing me, supporting me along the way . People I met randomly or those I have known for years who believed in me who have held me up and taught me. My mother , Father, siblings and friends near and far. A therapist names Susan Bird saved my life at a time when I was giving up. With growth comes some pain and then we get better a little bit at a time if we try and are willing magical things happen.
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