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

Hi Dawn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
This is such a wonderful question and it came up in two different sessions I did with two completely different spiritual healers. In March of this year (2021), one of the healers told me that the spirit guide she channels informed her that I need to reassess the way I feel about risk and that I don’t take enough risks. She informed me that I needed to take more risk in ALL facets of my life for the outcome will never be life-threatening nor will there ever be negative repercussions. The other healer who was reading my astrological chart had told me almost the sameeee exact thing months before (July 2020). I was honestly relieved and somewhat shocked by this information, not only once, but twice! I really needed to hear this at this point in my life because I had been playing so small and so careful with truly everything. I was taught from a very young age to be very careful and almost fearful of outcomes out of my control. Even when the odds where in my favor I had so much fear and doubt! Risk is something you have to take in order to unlock parts of yourself you never knew were there. Beautiful parts of yourself you need in order to fully come alive! I’m stepping into my soul’s purpose and without embracing risk, leaping out into the unknown, and dancing with discomfort, would I ever even have the courage to do this interview. I know at this point in my life I need more risk. I need not fear the process. I can trust the journey God has me on. Being myself fully, boldy, and unapologetically sounds risky AF! Along with it however, there is full liberation- peace of heart, mind, and soul!

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.
With acting and modeling it has definitely been a story. I am on this trajectory of going toward what feels good and natural; what comes to me organically. I have landed a few projects through creative friends in the business and self- submissions. Projects ranging from commercials, music videos, infomercials etc.! I was stoked to be invited and was just so grateful to work. I have had a few managers and one agency reach out to me for representation, but at the time it just didn’t feel like a good fit. I have a very exotic look due to my mixed background. I am African-American, Native-American, and Caucasian; by the looks of me and depending on what I’m wearing or how my hair is styled you can see a whole bunch of different ethnicities. I am very very mixed you should see my Ancestry.com results! I think my exotic look and mixed background sets me a part from the crowd. I have so much to bring to the table as far as diversity goes. I’m all about pushing the envelope and thinking outside of the box. I am most excited about working with brilliant artists and creators. I love meeting new people and being a part of bringing the imagination to life. I would say to some degree, I have taken one of the roads less traveled. I refuse to sacrifice my beliefs, morals, and values. I don’t ever want to compromise my heart in order to work in this industry. If I have to sit out more than often, then so be it. I am content. If that is considered easy then ok- I’ll take it! Or maybe it’s actually hard? Maybe it’s everything at once. LOL

Pre-pandemic I was really getting the ball rolling and trying to connect with like-minded people. Now after all this I have come out more enlightened and aware of the human condition. I’m sensitive to the healing we are doing as a collective and know that a lot is coming to the surface. So much pain in the World right now. I have started painting, which I truly believe is a big part of my higher calling. I have meditated every day for over a year now. over 365 days of 10-30 minutes of going within. I see this world through a whole new lens! I want the world to know that life is so delicate- be gentle with yourself and others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would want my friend to see the beauty of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. I grew up on the Central Coast of California, a town called Morro Bay. I am such a coastal girl at heart. I love Zuma Beach in Malibu and think there is just so much magic on that stretch of coast. Also you can’t do the LA experience properly without going to Venice! I find that when in LA people gravitate to where the people are and I’m so the opposite! I want to be where nature is and the quiet nooks of solitude so me and my friend can truly unplug and connect. But if I have to engage here’s how it would go- I love Erewhon Markets! They have amazing food I love the Macrobiotic Salad they have there. I would take her/him/them there to load up on groceries and snacks for the week. I lived in Valley Village for three years and fell in love with Harvest Moon and Sloane’s Valley Village. Cool little places to grab some bomb food and chat or work! I think it would be fun to stay at the W Hotel. I love the lobby bar there and the rooftop. While in Hollywood I would love to take her to Mama Shelter and Laurel Hardware- love the vibes at these places anddd very special because two of my favorite dates with my boyfriend (Georgie) took place at these spots. Hollywood always has wild fun people to engage with. During the week I would also want to take at least three days to zip out to Palm Springs and stay at the Andreas Hotel and Spa. It’s right downtown Palm Springs close to everything! While in Palm Springs I would want to check out the Greco Coffeehouse and Art Gallery. It’s the coolest spot with coffee and vinyl records playing all day. I would enjoy cruising out there and looking at all the houses. Amazing colors and designs!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

I would like to shoutout and thank these people from the bottom of my heart-

George Murray the 4th- thank you for always being there for me believing in me and reminding me how strong and brave I really am. I love you so much!

Carmen Sullivan- You are such a rock and a go getter and just the most charming sister a woman could ask for!

McKenna Corriea- to my childhood best friend and my voice of reason and love.

Sherri Berwick- my mentor, boss, mountain mama, and truly a wonderful pillar of strength in my life.

My Life Coach- Zoey Arielle Poulsen! I am so grateful I have you as a guiding light!

Website: www.dawndwilliams.com

Instagram: @dawndesirewilliams

Facebook: Dawn Desire Williams

Image Credits
Lisa Whitmore Photography Millsuave Photography Bradley Ash Photography Brad Murray

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