We had the good fortune of connecting with Cecil Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cecil, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I feel like risks are calculated faith moves. For me, every time I took a big step in my life or anything creative, it required me to SEE it before I see it. Is their fear, sure. But you have to allow your belief in your vision and the confident that you do have support to override any insecurity or fear that you may have. Anytime your comfortable, you flirt with the line of settling as well. It’s important to take the risk because most of your blessings live in a place of uncomfortably. Relying on your own strength won’t get it done.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m simply excited about helping other creatives finish goals. One of the natural habits I want to end is that creatives can start strong, but finish horribly. I’m still growing in what I do in this industry and with everything I been grateful to experience, I do feel like I barely scratched the surface. Once I stopped looking for a “seat at the table”, I started to create my own table, which led to The Craft Factory being birthed in 2017. It is designed to serve artists at another level and provide a sense of community and accountability as we help them complete goals. We aim to be a one-stop-shop for creatives everywhere. Getting to where I am was never easy, and it still isn’t. The more you grow, the more challenges. How I overcome them is simply trusting in God and believing in what I’m capable of. Staying humble and grounded helps a lot because I don’t ever want to get a place where a challenge is too great. I learned that being authentic and consistent is the best recipe for your success. Consistency will ALWAYS outrank talent any day. If there was something I want the world to know, I would hope that they are aware of my heart for the creatives, as well as the mental health that is attached to it. Being experienced in a lot of layers from media, to design, to editing and etc. My mindest to simply pour out and serve others with the knowledge I am able to gain. I am a walking miracle, and I hope that more importantly who I am is an encouragement to many.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s see… for food, I love Thai food so maybe Benjoarong Thai Cousine or the Samba Brazillian Steakhouse. Taron Leonard (The Brothers Bakery) got the best dessert! Since the pandemic, there aren’t too many places lol but the rooftop at the standard is decent.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My son Jayden! Who changed my life for the better. He brought perspective in making that I never allow my personal life to come behind my creative life.
Vanessa Nicole, my son’s mother, is a brilliant writer. She is an example of being true to your craft and your people and how to believe in who you are without apology.
I do also want to shoutout Marcus Dawson (Madluv Media). Incredible Photographer but he’s been really in my corner will support me creatively and personally. He’s is one of the few that I can connect with and be in tune on something creative being birthed
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