- Posted December 11, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Malinda Williams: Empowering Others through Words and Action
Malinda is a great role model for young women today. She does motivational speaking and talks to young women/students who are in need of encouragement. Sometimes it takes just someone who has had more experience in life and their career to be able to touch young children and advocate success. I know some kids may think it won’t happen for them, but Malinda was able to tell them different. Recently she spoke at a school and was overwhelmed by the outcome. She said, “It was really amazing to talk to the girls because there are different divisions within the school.” She spoke to some girls who needed some empowerment. “I really enjoyed it. They were listening and engaging. They had a confidence about themselves,” says Ms. Williams. I think it’s very important for our youth today; especially young women who have dreams and goals to be able to hear someone who’s made it not only tell their story but also let them know it can happen for them. With determination and focus anything can be achieved.
I asked Malinda about the series Soul Food where she played a character named “Bird.” In the film “Soul Food” Bird was the highly respected hair stylist and the youngest sister of the family. The film is about an extended African American family that’s held together by family traditions such as Sunday dinners at “Big Mama’s house”. This great film was then made into a series that aired on BET where Ms. Malinda Williams played “Bird”. “I knew that the series was going to be a hit. I was telling the other cast members. The film was phenomenal and I knew this wasn’t just another gig for me, for us”, Malinda says. I loved the cast in the series and “Bird” was my favorite character on the show. Also guys, let me tell you, Malinda was a true “Bird” in her right because she used to do hair when she started to pursue acting. She does hair tutorials too! I couldn’t help but smile when she told me that because the role was perfect for her. She already knew how to play her role to the best of her ability! People still call her Bird and she views it as a term of endearment. I get called Bird every day and it doesn’t bother me.”
As I was having a great conversation with Malinda I had to ask the question, “When did you start acting?” We both laughed because I was taking it way back for her! Malinda started in the business when she was just 10 years old! Who knew, right? She started getting into acting when she was 14. Ms. Williams got her first role on the Cosby’s show. “Being on the Cosby’s show was when I began to build a body of work.” As she was being recognized she slowly started to build a following. We also talked about breaking into the business. Malinda states, “When I was starting out it there wasn’t all of these ways that are available now to consume content. Now it’s harder for those coming into the business.” I agreed because I’m slowly coming into the business as a writer and let me tell you it’s no cakewalk! It’s about getting that script to the right person.
The film Daddy’s Little Girls is another favorite of mine. I asked Malinda how it was working with Tyler Perry and she states, “It was fun to work with Tyler Perry. He’s a great director and very professional. You know when to play and when to work. It went smoothly on set.” Malinda has produced a couple films. She is currently executive producer of the film called “Marry Me for Christmas” that airs on December 14, 2013 on America’s Christmas Channel. Smart, stylish Marci Jewel (Malinda Williams) is the owner and creative director of an up-and-coming ad agency and thrilled with her single life in New York – except during the holidays. While all of her cousins are married and having babies, Marci remains the lone holdout in the large Chandler family clan and has put marriage and motherhood on hold for the sake of her career. As the family’s epic Christmas celebration is about to start, Marci learns that her favorite cousin Dana (Tamara Bass), her husband Frankie (Jason Weaver) and their family are leaving the country for five years on missionary work. So at the last minute, Marci promises to come home for the holidays for the first time in years. With a deadline looming for a new client, she drags her employee Adam (Brad James) in tow to Atlanta and does the only thing she can do in the face of unbearable pressure from her ailing mom Stephanie (Victoria Rowell), aunt Myra (DeEtta West), uncle Donald (Greg Alan Williams) and cousin Preston (Carl Payne): fakes a fiancé. While caught up in the family’s frenetic search for the perfect Christmas tree, unexpected wedding planning for her employee, pressing work calls and more, Marci learns some unexpected lessons about love, trust and family, particularly when it comes to her new faux fiancé Adam and old beaux Blair (Karon Riley). I can’t wait to see this film! I’m a fan of the cast already! Especially Carl Payne with him all I hear is “Rent em Spoons” from his episode on the hit show “Martin” from back in the day.
I asked Malinda who she would like to work with in the future. She said, “I worked with Victoria Rowell on Marry Me for Christmas and I loved it. I felt I didn’t get enough time with her. I definitely want to work with her again. I need to be more fulfilled being on set with her. “ It was nice to hear Malinda’s passion about working with Ms. Rowell because it shows that Malinda is still willing to learn even though she’s been in the business for many years. As an iReporter I will say it’s something that you don’t get to witness everyday so it was nice to hear Malinda speak so highly of someone else in the business.
It was a pleasure speaking to Ms. Williams today. I learned so much about the business, some of her films, and things she likes to do. On an off day Malinda is most likely on the beach having her “me” time relaxing. She wants aspiring actors and actresses that are trying to get into the business to “have a line for yourself that you won’t cross. Stay focused.”
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