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

Hi Imani, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
The quote that I live by is, “Show up and see it through.” It means that even when you are afraid to try or experience something new, show up anyway and don’t give up. I love this quote because it has always reminded me that no matter what, God knew I was ready to be in whatever room or environment that I am placed in.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I am a writer and filmmaker who’s passion is driven by my love for music. What sets me apart is my ability to effortlessly blend music lyrics with dialogue in a script to tell a story. I am proud of myself for not giving up and sticking to creating a lane for myself.

I was able to get to where I am today by going to college, saying yes to every internship that came my way, and showing up to every job offer with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn as much as possible. I also maintained great relationships with the people I met along the way, and many of them have opened doors for me to pursue my dream of being a filmmaker.

This journey wasn’t meant to be easy. There have been many times where I was put into rooms where I was unsure that I should be in, but showed up because I believed God knew I was ready. Most times when we have prepared for something for a long time, the hardest part is self-doubt regardless of how skilled you are. Moving to Los Angeles from Atlanta was also a big adjustment because of the differences in the film worlds. I overcame this adjustment by saying yes to every opportunity that aided in moving my career forward.

I learned not to let people try to intimidate you or make you feel like you don’t belong. I also learned that many things you hear about the struggles of working in the film industry are true, but it’s up to you on how you handle yourself and the situation.

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.
I’d start each morning with a different breakfast spot. Sweet Butter and EAT will definitely be on Sunday and Thursday. On Sunday, we can have breakfast, go hiking and then get massages. Monday we can check out a top 10 breakfast and lunch option from google. End the day relaxing at the park and meditating. On Tuesday, we can go out for tacos and margaritas. Wednesday is perfect for shopping and a nice happy hour. Thursday we can pick something random during the day and then go out for drinks. Friday we’ll have a really nice brunch at Met Her at The Bar, do a Hollywood bus tour, and go to a movie at the Chinese Theatre. On Saturday we will relax and have dinner at Yamashiro.

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?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my family and close friends.

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Other: Personal Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/it.sparks/

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