We had the good fortune of connecting with Aubrey – Simone Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aubrey – Simone, what matters most to you?
Loyalty. I find comfort in knowing that certain people won’t betray or abandon me. The ability to create is also what matters most to me! If I lose that, I am nothing. Creativity breeds life!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally and what sets you apart from others?
I create, I employ, and I am employed – that’s what sets me apart from others. I will always be an artist first. Theatre is my therapy, and what makes me the happiest. I love creating things and putting things on stage – and more importantly, building a community that loves and supports one another. I always knew I wanted to do entertainment. So after graduating college I started teaching theatre at a charter school then I started my own theatre company. Shortly after, I started touring my own shows, which got the attention of major tv and theatre entities. Now, thanks to my family and my supporters I am a Senior Producer at one of the world’s leading television networks – and trust me, that was not easy. Due to my work ethic, I was promoted three times in one year. There is one lesson I learned along the way: Never compromise who you are and let anyone take advantage of you, no matter their experience, rank, or power. People will underestimate you, but you will always come out on top. I want the world to know that my theatre company “TheACTivists” is for the “unheard”. We want to give you a voice – the world does not have the right to silence you, especially in safe space.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
All of my best friends are from here – my hometown of Atlanta, GA – BUT, if we are speaking hypothetically, then here would be my itinerary for the tour EVER: On Monday, We’d have to hit up Chateau Elan in the evening for the best wine-tasting experience in Georgia. Nothing to shake off a “Monday” like winding down with some of the hottest and most high profile folks in the city. Tuesday: Taco Tuesday at “La Parilla” – “Coronarita”, anyone? Wednesday: The Beltline and Piedmont – Let’s grab some coffee, take a stroll through Piedmont Park, and have lunch on the Beltline! Thursday: Ponce City Market Rooftop and Shopping: Who can resist the rooftop arcade and rides at the top of Ponce? And what girl likes a little retail therapy? Friday: Anatolia’s Hookah Bar has good hookah, good vibes, and good food. The music is pretty decent too! Nothing like a lounge hangout (in case you have an early flight back).
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Aside from my family, – Yes. There are many MANY people who were major influences in my life – however one of my biggest influences and the person who shaped me as an artist was Dr. Shirlene Holmes from Georgia State University. If you know me, then you know how important artistry is to me. It is my therapy and it is something I used as an escape even as a little girl. I used to write plays when I was as young as nine years old. Poetry was my second outlet. Dr. Holmes made me a much better writer and creator for the stage and the screen. I would also like to shoutout every single one of the theatre programs I have ever been a part of. Each one contributed something different to my development – especially Georgia State University and Stella Adler School of Acting. My professors were great mentors and very challenging. Believe or not, the art of theatre prepared me for this crazy television life!! I was way more prepared than I thought because of my theatre background.
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