Today we’d like to introduce you to Ebony Williams.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska! That’s always a great place to start, huh? To get rid of any rumors, no it’s not winter 24/7, yes there’s a summer in Alaska, also no I didn’t own a pet polar bear. They’re only in the zoo.
At 17 years old, I started my broadcasting career as a weather girl for Fox News. I knew absolutely nothing about being on television or running teleprompter. However, working in a news department, I was great at finding facts distinguishing them from fiction and making things happen. I taught myself by watching and studying meteorologists and submerged myself in data analysis and forecast predictions.
After my almost four year run on television, I jumped into radio and had my own night show “Ebony at Night.” Since then, I’ve moved up in various markets and different dayparts from nights, middays, afternoons, and morning show shifts in places like Alaska, Seattle, Texas, and Denver. I’ve also had shows syndicated in Alaska and on satellite and internet radio.
When it comes to my 13-year run as a broadcaster, there’s a fire deep down that I crave to be back on the air. Maybe one day, it’ll happen! For now, I moved to Los Angeles about two years ago to pursue the second love of my life, writing. I’ve released three books, all fiction and dabble in comedy and crime. While living it up in LA, I’ve become a freelance content creator for various platforms, magazines, business, etc. I’m currently working on a few original scripts as well as releasing another book.
Please tell us about your art.
With my extensive career as an on-air talent for television and radio, moving to Los Angeles meant I had to put that on the back burner. By doing so, I’m determined to chase my dream of screenwriting for television and movies. I’m going from in front of the camera to behind. It’s a hard thing to do, seeing how most of my circle and those who know me in the industry aren’t ready for me to leave broadcasting. I have to remind them it’s for the moment, not forever.
I create books, scripts, and podcasts. I’m in the middle of creating my own mini docuseries that’s been so much fun to shoot. It allows me to still be in front of the camera while having a creative say-so in what’s happening behind the scenes.
Why do I do what I do? I do it because it makes me feel good, and it gives other people a chance to shine and feel important. As a broadcaster, it was my job to make sure the community was involved in any way possible. I was known as the people’s person. While in Texas, I was working for Candy 95.1, where the audience named me “the midday sweetness” because of how I treated and loved them. While doing radio in Denver, the city called me their “escape to reality” because I didn’t focus on celebrity gossip and kept it real and local.
My message or inspiration I want people to take away from what I do and who I am is to never give up on yourself. I truly understand what it’s like to be at the end of your rope and have no one there with you or in your corner. I know how it feels to work hard day and night, missing out on hangouts with friends because you want to finish a personal project. I know what it’s like to be lonely and bust your ass while watching others surpass you. Also, I save every rejection letter. I have over 200 of them from publishers. I keep pushing! Not once have I advertised my books, and they’re still selling, without a major partner behind me. It CAN be done, and it WILL be done if you keep at it and BELIEVE it.
My work is 100% me. I know a lot of people say this, but from my books to my scripts, to my podcast Café HonesTea, my radio shows and so on. Everything I do, I’m in charge, the creative lead, the writer, the fact-checker. I invest in myself and my craft. Whatever you buy or tune into, you’ll always get an authentic version of me.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge facing artists today is ourselves. At times we can get so deep into our own minds it can through us off. We’re our best PR person and our worst critic all at the same time. It’s easy to shake off what others have to say about you and your craft, but when that someone is you; we go into an intense Game of Thrones battle between thoughts, wants and reality.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is easily accessible through my website, www.ebonywilliamsonline.com. There you’ll be able to view all of my blogs and featured articles that I write. My podcast, books, and more information on the docuseries. It’s a one-stop shop for all things Ebony,
- Website: www.ebonywilliamsonline.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/ebonyonair
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/ebonyonair
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/ebonyonair
- Other: www.soundcloud.com/ebonyonair
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