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Rising Stars: Meet Christina Araujo-Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Araujo-Williams.

Hi Christina, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I come from a very creative family. My grandma is an artist and writer, my grandfather was an opera singer, my mom is a singer and my uncle is a singer. When I was three, I decided I wanted to be a singer. I would learn every song I could.

I use to listen to all types of music. I started performing songs for my family and then later started performing skits I had written. When I was 11, I started writing songs. When I started high school, I joined drama class and started writing short scripts.

I wrote two books in high school. When I graduated high school, I decided not to pursue music and just continued writing creatively.

When I met my husband, he encouraged me to keep writing and make something of it. For the last 6 years, I have worked with my husband on a web series, TV pilot, short films, and feature films. We have worked together to build Williams 4 Productions into what it is today.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t always been an easy road. I think getting rejected from film festivals is always a struggle.

You write something you are passionate about and you think it’s the best thing you have ever done but you don’t get selected. It’s discouraging but it’s a part of life. You don’t win everything.

Take challenges and use them to fuel me to go harder the next time.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a writer, producer, and casting director. I specialize in writing and casting. I have written several short film scripts, a couple of TV pilots, and a feature. I am known for my dramatic writing. I am a method writer. I connect with my writing.

I have to feel something for me to want to write. I take alot of my inspiration for writing from personal experiences. I am known in my group of friends as the “dark” writer. One minute, I am writing something comedic and the next, I am writing the most heart-wrenching thing you have ever read. I am most proud of the last project I wrote “I’ll Never Love Again.”

I’ll Never Love Again is currently going through the film festival circuit. The reason I am most proud of it is that I feel I grew with this project. I spent a couple of months perfecting the script. Getting into the mindset of this project was challenging. What sets me apart from others is my style of writing.

I am not the most orthodox writer, I can go weeks without writing, and then one day, I can sit and write 80 pages in one day. I constantly challenge myself and push myself to work harder.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I think you always have to take a risk.

Take being a filmmaker, you cant sit and wait for the opportunity to present itself, you have to go out and just do it. There are risks to anything that you do and you can’t be afraid of taking a risk. Some of the biggest risks I have taken have been producing some projects.

You never know if this project will go viral or how the audience will react. You just have to take the leap sometimes, especially if it’s something you are passionate about.

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Ratoya Banks, Vladimir Versailles, Ashley Parchment, Clarence Williams IV, Aj Troup, Gabriella Resto, Becky Sapp, Karmilia Cruz, Brittany Crisp, James Ersted, and Tian Liu

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