In this exclusive interview you can learn more about, Kim Williams, the creative mind behind series like “The Unwritten Rules” and “Everything I did wrong in my 20’s”.
About the web series creator:Kim Williams is no stranger to the world of entertainment. She has worked 20 years in the television and film industry in Post Production and TV Development. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Radio-TV-Film, she began her career in Post Production working on several TV projects before transitioning to the creative side in TV Development for Viacom Productions and the WB Network.
In 2003, she formed Butterfly Ink Publishing and released her first novel, 40 Hours and An Unwritten Rule. In 2010, she co-wrote, directed and produced the theatrical production, Bitch and released her second novel, Miles and Zoey: The Family Tree.
In 2012, she formed inkSpot Entertainment and created the popular web series, “the Unwritten Rules” based on her first novel. In 2014, she released her second series, “everything I did wrong in my 20’s” and her third series, “the new shade of Black” in 2016. She is currently developing and writing new series for inkSpot.
For anyone who has not seen the comedy “the Unwritten Rules” could you give us a brief description about it?
The series is about the comedic realities of being a Black person in a White workplace.
The series started as a book, why did you decide to transform the book into a web series?
After President Obama was elected, everyone was declaring a “post racial” America. But at work, I was still experiencing the same things I was experiencing when I wrote the book, “40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule” in 2004. With the popularity of the digital platform, I felt it was the perfect medium to re-release material.
The series touches on racism, prejudice, and common stereotypes in the workplace. How has the series reception been among other races?
Like the book, the series was well received with all races. Other minorities connected with it because they have similar journeys in white workplaces. For White viewers, it offered them a look in the mirror. The series opened their eyes with situations they have participated in and/or witnessed and before the series hadn’t really given a second thought.
What is the biggest message you want people to take from the series?
The objective for the web series is the same as the book’s objective: to start honest dialogue about race.
What tips would you provide to aspiring media makers?
Before you start, I think you have to be very clear on your goals with your project. I think by defining what you want at the beginning determines how you navigate through the process. If you are in it to get your authentic voice heard, passion will always drive you to the finish line.
How do you think the Black community can increase diversity in media?
We now live in a time where we have access to create our own media. Matthew Cherry shot a feature on an iPhone! With passion and persistence, you can get it done. I think we need to create and produce without waiting for a studio and/or network to validate our projects by saying “yes”. We no longer need permission from the industry to create.
What can fans expect next from the inkSpot Entertainment?
We are currently in the third season of “Everything I did wrong in my 20’s”. The second season of “the new shade of Black” will be released this year, as well as two new scripted series.