Recently, Black Talent TV had the pleasure of interviewing a rising star who is ready to break history and this talented individual is Trayvon Williams. Born in Houston, TX, Williams is an actor, producer, songwriter, and CEO who was born ready for the spotlight. In his short three and a half year career, Williams has managed to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His resume includes Time Toys, Truck’d Up, Hunting The Legend Part 2, and No Regrets, a romantic comedy that stars Brian White, Loretta Devine, Sharon Leal, Elise Neal, and Monica Calhoun.
Check out our interview with Trayvon Williams where talks about his dream role, what fans can expect from his own upcoming project titled Condemn, what’s next for him, and more below.
1-Growing up, did you always know that you wanted to pursue a career in acting?
Growing up, I never thought about acting, but I always had a special personality. I could always command a room, but I was more focused on playing sports. It was that day up until my sophomore year in college that I took advantage of an opportunity. I never looked back since!
2-Who is your favorite actor/actress?
My favorite actor is Larenz Tate by far. I see a lot in me that I see in him. Even when he’s the bad guy, you just can’t hate him. His camera presence is special. My favorite actress is Tracee Ellis Ross. She is funny and has a very spunky personality that I love. Plus she’s beautiful.
3-You’ve been in some great TV shows. Which TV project was your favorite to film?
My favorite to show to film was with If Loving You Is Wrong. I remember like it was yesterday at his old studios in Atlanta. Tyler Perry walked past me and never looked at me. I was an extra actually at first. We’re getting ready to shoot again and he stops the shot and is like no, I don’t want him anymore, then he points at me. Immediately, the crew rushed to me, started doing my makeup and everything. Survivor’s Remorse jump started my career. It was my first opportunity. Although I had a small role, I met Tichina Arnold and Jesse T. Usher.
4-Out of all the films you’ve been in, which was your favorite to film?
My favorite film to film was No Regrets just because it took so much to get that role. I took an extra role just so I could get in front of the director. I always wanted to meet Mark Harris! I had already been working in small roles for other projects so I had built relationships with a lot of people in the business but he didn’t know who I was. Once he saw I knew most of the cast and a lot of crew, he was curious to know who I was. So, he just kept watching me. By the end of the day, I had been upgraded and apart of the principle cast alongside Brian White and Monica Calhoun. Also, I was a part of all the press for the film, which was amazing honestly.
5-Besides being an actor, you’re also a producer, songwriter, and CEO. Which professional hat is your favorite?
Well, my favorite hat to wear has to be acting, content creating and producer in that order. I love them all but creating is probably the best feeling. Because, unlike most people, I can literally make anything happen that I imagine. It’s scary crazy because it’s one thing to create a project but another to be able to cast, executive produce, write the entire project, film, and be able to direct it as well all yourself—it’s not that many that can do that. Especially being self taught.
6-You’re also creating your own project, Condemn. What’s the scripted series about?
As we follow the journey of two college freshmen adolescents, we see the ups and downs of college life from the women and men perspective. Will the judgment, drama, and love be too much to withstand?
7-What’s one thing about Condemn that you believe will keep viewers coming back for every new episode?
The viewers will love the show because it’s very real and people that attended HBCU’s will especially be able to relate to it. It’s honestly super raw and people love that. I wanted to let the kids here at my college express themselves the way they felt needed with their character. It’s also so much happening when you least expect it. Best part is the two leads don’t know each other. They go through some of the same things but we see how things are handled differently between them when put in the same situation. People may also watch because it’s the first in the 107 year history of my school—Jarvis Christian College. It’s all undiscovered talent, cast and crew all attend the school except for a few people!
8-What is your dream role?
My dream role is any role I get cast in, honestly. I’m just excited and elated that I’m able to be in the business. Since I didn’t grow up saying I wanted to do it. I’m late in the game on Marvels vs. D.C. but I’m a HUGE fan of Marvel’s shows. I binge watch them all. I’d love to be a part of the Marvel family! If I was super hero, I’d love to be a villain though.
9-What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into acting?
The advice I would give them is to go for it—jump off that clip. Be willing to outwork any and everybody even when people aren’t looking. Find your lane. Don’t judge your circumstance off someone else’s. What’s for you is for you. Be patient, don’t compromise. Last but not least, don’t worry about what you don’t have, use what you do and watch how much you gain.
10-What is NEXT for Trayvon Williams
Next thing for Trayvon Williams is getting some of my content distributed through streaming services. I have a ton of amazing content I created. I also have my first lead role a major feature film audition for a legendary baseball player. Hopefully I get that and at the same time have Condemn streaming so the students at my school can see themselves in a different light and decide to chase their dreams. Also, I’m breaking history as the first person EVER to shoot a TV series at my HBCU Jarvis Christian College. I trained the entire cast and crew. Looking forward to continue breaking history.
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