Rising Star Lashawn Williams: “Have a team, don’t try in do it by yourself … Rome wasn’t built alone or made in one day.”

As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lashawn Williams. After entering the business as a recording artist, producer and songwriter (collaborating with his mentor, Grammy nominee Eddie Gypsy Stokes), Chicago native Lashawn Williams discovered his true passion was film. He relocated to Los Angeles and […]

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As a part of my interview series with popular culture stars, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lashawn Williams. After entering the business as a recording artist, producer and songwriter (collaborating with his mentor, Grammy nominee Eddie Gypsy Stokes), Chicago native Lashawn Williams discovered his true passion was film. He relocated to Los Angeles and has been working steadily as an actor, writer and producer ever since.

Thank you so much for joining us Lashawn! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I loved music my whole life, I even moved to Atlanta Ga to pursue that dream. Landing a deal with “Eddie Gypsy Stokes“ that rendered me under, big world singer “Akon” I still felt like something was missing. I had a wild idea to move to Los Angeles and try acting. Knowing that the label wouldn’t support this and will drop me, I did it anyway, to my surprise I fell more in love with the craft of acting than the making of music.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?

When I first started I had nothing, no money no place to stay…I slept in a car on a used car lot in studio city for months, until I met a friend that believed in what I thought could be my dream.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

{laughing} ummm, I think the funnest mistake was the first commercial I did, TGIF. First time I was given paperwork I signed one sheet and didn’t look at the rest. After I shot, I turned it into the office where the trailers were. And the lady just stared at me. Then she said, “you forgot 99% of this whole thing.” So I had to stay late filling it out while everyone else was gone, probably at home sleep.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

  • AT&T direct tv commercial — just how they had me in the middle of a basketball court for march madness and everything was a green screen. When I saw it there were 1,000s of fans yelling … but when I shot it there was maybe 20 people.
  • Hidden Springs — A series I wrote alongside Johnny Carlson and Robert Jordan, oh boy we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into! Many days of feeling like giving up, dealing with 40 cast members, add to the story on shoot days (pre-production didn’t help as much) post-production was worst) but we got it distributed by Amazon Prime)
  • Intuitions / Prescience — A feature film I wrote, produced and starred in, made me love being behind the camera a lot. Linking with Rene Mena who played in the first Netflix, blockbuster “Bright” alongside Will Smith and Noomie Rapace. Casting Julia Roberts brother Eric Robert as the Antagonist and Golden Globe winner Linda Grey as the mother in the film. I felt like anything was possible…My lesson from these three projects is anything is possible.

Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

  • Julia Roberts brother, Eric Robert; he loves milk shakes. He can drink 5 in a day and still want more.
  • Chris Brown at Jamie Foxx house, it was exciting. Just the level of talent in one room, you can feel the energy in the room.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Have a team, don’t try in do it by yourself… Rome wasn’t built alone or made in one day.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

#supporttheworld. There wouldn’t be one thing I would do, it would be anything I would do. Ocean life, O-Zone layer and pollution, kids in other countries…I would teach people to do what I did and that it’s never too late…bring awareness to everything that can change for the better.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Short cuts make long delays. To me, I went after something (spent 7 years on music and knew it wasn’t for me.) In the moment of change, I found what I was looking for. Now I will spend the rest of my life playing catch up but it makes me happy. “ACTING”

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

  • Eddie Gypsy Stokes, Jose Devecchi, Rene Mana. Three men that believed in me and hardly knew me at first.
  • Eddie Stokes only heard one of my songs and flume down to Atlanta, Ga. and signed me, he put me behind a keyboard and showed me the way of music.
  • Jose Devecchi met me in California and saw I had the talent and saw I wasn’t giving up and give me a place to let me grow.
  • Rene Mane got me my first manager for acting and that wasn’t it, he went on to help me produce my first film that got picked up by Lionsgate.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂

Wow, there are so many. Here are few:

Keanu Reeves

Bella Thorne

Tom Cruise

Karen Gillan

Christopher Nolan

Chris Evans

Will Smith

Johnny Depp

And Why them: I just want to dive into there minds feel what they feel see what they see, to know I’m not crazy for my own ambitions and thoughts.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

They can follow me on

Instagram: @Ishawnwilliams

Thank you so much for joining us. This was very inspirational!

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