We had the good fortune of connecting with Bria Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bria, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking

Risk sometimes isn’t the most popular thing to do, but to me it has always been the most rewarding. I found that in my life the greatest risks I’ve taken have changed my life the most. The scariest part about risk taking is not knowing the outcome, I think if more people knew what was on the other side of the risk they are afraid to take, they would take a risk more often. I am a woman of faith, and I walk by faith daily. I believe I’ve been placed in every situation for a purpose that is greater than my own knowledge. I rarely know what’s on the other side of my decisions but I’m a true believer that it’s always leading me on my own unique, happy, successful path.

Dare to risk, I believe it’s better than to wonder “what if”.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.

I’m an actress, and I’ve learned to say that with confidence. That was a lesson I learned pretty late in the game for my career, not speaking into existence what I already am and truly believing it myself. I choose not to box myself into one area, I am an actress but I’m also a creator of many things, one being that I own my our clothing line called BNEL Collection. The greatest thing about being an artist is that you can be many things, honestly in any career you can be many things as long as you put your mind to it and decide that it is what is true for you.

Being an actress & a creator of course has its challenges. For one, there is never a day that is exactly like the day before. You have to be able to move with the high & lows and not allow the highs to keep you comfortable and the lows to take you out of the game. Stay consistent, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the hard work you put in day to day start to pay off, even if its slow movement, remember you’re moving and growing. Stay patient. Your expectations should never exceed your gratitude. My mentor, boss and teacher Richard Lawson taught me that one and it’s something thing sticks with me daily.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’ve been very fortunate to have a supportive group that surrounds me. My friends & family of course, and as an actress my community has been a tremendous support to my growth as an actress. Richard Lawson has really taught me the importance of having a community as an artist and learning to lean on them, because this is an industry where you truly cannot do it alone.  His studio, Richard Lawson Studios really focuses on finding the good and praising it, within your art and in life itself. We are all striving to achieve our dreams out here, through all the no’s we face and the challenges we have to conquer, it’s important to always remember why you started doing this in the first place. Brandi Harvey told me her mother taught her to be like a palm tree, they flow and they adapt versus an oak tree that stands strong but doesn’t flow or move at all. It’s important to be able to adapt, especially as an actress. Little did I know her words to me were right on time because she said that to me just months before I took the biggest move of my life out here to LA, and if it weren’t for my ability to adapt and be flexible I would have lost out on so many opportunities. So you see, I have to give credit to my mentors, teachers, friends and family. They truly have been the best support system to me, they help keep me grounded, focused and remembering, I can do all things, no matter what.

Website: briawilliams.com

Instagram: @briawilliams_

Facebook: facebook.com/TheBriaWilliams

Image Credits
Headshots: @robinemtagephotos

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