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

Hi Layne Marie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It felt very innate growing up in the Deep South and relying on my imagination to create. My parents wanted me to be a veterinarian because I’ve always had such a compassionate relationship with animals. But I could not shake that creative itch. I felt drawn to all the artistic mediums at different times when I was growing up and didn’t seriously pick up a videocamera again until I was in my early 20s. I think I always knew I was going to be in the arts. Telling stories is the thread thats always been there regardless of medium so thats definitely what I feel my purpose is.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Originally hailing from Montgomery, Alabama I went to art school in Philadelphia for college and definitely began a journey of creating my own path. After art school in Philly and working in NYC here and there, I moved to Chicago. I was there for five years and was in hot pursuit of building and elevating women, BIPOC, and gender nonconforming folks in the film industry. I then moved to LA and have been here for four years now. It’s of course been a ride. I’m grateful for every ounce of it. It is pretty wild though, I feel like I’ve built a lot in the world thus far and I’m trying to find the enthusiasm and raw ambition I had when I first got started. Burn out and becoming jaded is always in the background the longer you are in this business, so finding the ways you can take care of yourself is so vital. Nurturing that will allow the chance to nurture others. A must when you are a director.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a westside girl now so I’d say let’s go to the beach and adventure around. It depends on what she’s feeling though/needing out of the trip. If she’s feelin’ like she wants to lay around Venice beach and people watch we’d take a bus down there and I’d show her all the cute silly touristy things. If she’s feeling more like she wants to feel sexy and empowered vibe I’d take her to get massages around the corner from my house, do a little neighborhood bopping and shopping, dinner somewhere elegant but budget friendly in Hollywood or Beverly Hills, and then probably back to my place where we’d immediately change back into sweatpants, eat plentiful snacks, and watch movies. Tons of possibilities. I love to provide options, I’m a Libra so I can curate and suggest/go with the flow.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I was in high school, I had transferred from a super Christian school where though I had my support systems there, I definitely did not belong, nor did my brothers. Once I transferred it was like the whole world opened up to us. I was lucky enough to have several male mentors/teachers/coaches at our new school that championed me. I learned how to lead from them and I’ll always treasure that.

Website: www.LayneMarieWilliams.

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Image Credits
Abbi Chase, Madeline Northway

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