We had the good fortune of connecting with Candy Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success has been a fundamental shift in my mindset. When I was able to redefine success as showing up fully as my authentic self in both my business and in my personal life, was when I was able to enjoy the journey and the process of building my brand while living life on my own terms. I don’t define success as a number in the bank account, press, awards, or accolades, but rather success is waking up every day and making the conscious choice to be my own best friend and to make my own well-being my first and best priority. It is from this place of inherent worthiness and value that allows the external markers of “success” (money, press, partnerships, opportunities, etc.) to manifest in my business.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My company, 1214 Media Productions is at the intersection of diverse leadership telling underrepresented stories through the lens of wellness and the human experience. Our mission is to provide inspiring and empowering content across digital, television, film, and publishing platforms. Over the last 18 months, we’ve executive produced and written a psychological thriller that’s now available on Amazon Prime Video and SofyTV, launched a popular self-care podcast which was recently picked-up by iHeart Radio, published four books, and partnered with lifestyle brands, such as sbe, Lincoln, and Burke Williams Spa, on meaningful social media campaigns. We solve the problem of diverse females not seeing themselves represented as fully-formed human beings with their own wants, needs, desires, and objectives in mainstream media. We also answer the problem of the lack of diversity at the executive level of writers, producers, directors, and decision-makers. I’m a Georgetown alumna, and I’ve appeared on and has been published in Teen Vogue, Fashionista, The Doctors on CBS, TBS, KTLA, L.A. Style Magazine, and more. I’ve also partnered with Disney Style, FOX, Lionsgate, and USA Network on social media campaigns to elevate brand awareness on their movie and television series launches. Additionally, I was the keynote speaker at WellnessCon and have spoken at The Altitude Summit, BlushCon, and other notable panels. I was also the lead in a digital series produced by Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d definitely spend an afternoon at the beach in Malibu to enjoy the sun, sand, and sunset. We’d also go for a hike at the Griffith Observatory and at Runyon Canyon followed by dinner and cocktails at Craig’s in West Hollywood. For shopping, we’d browse the luxury shops on Rodeo Drive and then the boutique shops on Melrose Avenue. Grabbing brunch at Fig & Olive is a must as well as hanging out on the Santa Monica Pier. For entertainment, we’d go to a drive-in movie theater, enjoy a concert from the LA Philharmonic, and watch street performers on Hollywood Blvd. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shonda Rhimes. Although I’ve never met her, her story, personal journey, career path, and book, ‘The Year of Yes,’ has had a profound effect on my life. I learned about setting healthy work-life boundaries, how to be my own advocate, how creating, writing, and performing is a form of connecting with something greater than myself, and how to say yes to life by intentionally taking the time to enjoy it. Be inspired by her story is a true example of why representation matters. Seeing a black female writer, creator, and executive producer soar to the highest levels of the entertainment industry gave me the courage to know that I could do it too and to start my own production company. But what was even more empowering was when she said that she wasn’t ‘diversifying’ television, but rather she was ‘normalizing’ it. She created a safe space for all of humanity to see themselves reflected in mainstream media as full-formed human beings and not as tokens or side-kicks. It is my hope that I’m able to do the same in my work.
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