Taking stock of her extraordinary, multi-faceted life and career, Angela J. Williams – author of the new book “My Child is Going to Be Rich and Famous: How To Successfully Balance Family, Parenting and Entertainment” - likes to say she “came out of the womb talking.” Personally and professionally, she has spent her life drawing on those God-given communication skills to share heartfelt, intimate stories and key insights and information to make people and the world better.
Always finding unique ways to serve others, Angela is an ordained minister and gospel/R&B singer and songwriter by calling, a personal business manager by experience, a writer, producer and author by profession, and life coach/spiritual parent by purpose. At the heart of everything, beyond all of those dynamic roles, Angela is a devoted wife of 28 years and loving mom to three young men – Tyler James Williams (23), Tyrel Jackson Williams (18) and Tylen Jacob Williams (14) – who also happen to be wildly talented performers with extensive histories in the entertainment world.
As the executive overseer of her sons’ ever-evolving careers and business endeavors for nearly two decades, she is uniquely qualified to guide other parents, siblings and family members embarking on a similar journey. In her new book, Angela – who previously published the beautiful spiritual memoir “The Circle of Love,” based on her relationship with her late mother -- imparts the fruits of her hard-won wisdom in a spirited, highly conversational way. She likes to imagine her relationship with the reader as if they were out to lunch together and she’s sharing everything her companion needs to know about the industry so that a person can make educated decisions – and indeed, decide whether it’s worth having their children pursue a career in the crazy world of entertainment at all.
“I’m a life coach and cheerleader by nature, and know my passion is to help people become their best selves,” says Angela, whose family is bi-coastal, living in New York and California. “Being a parent of working actors and performers in this industry for the past 19 years, I have seen so many negative examples of parents and families struggling to maintain a crucial balance and hold their professional and personal lives together, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Kids, marriages and families don’t have to fall apart. I know many industry parents who would be guarded about sharing the things I’m sharing, as if that might create competition for their kids, but I feel otherwise. I want to help as many parents and children as possible. I have seen many child actors going down the wrong road, and that doesn’t sit well with me. To have all this insight and not share it would be wrong.
“The concept of ‘My Child Is Going To Be Rich and Famous’ is pretty much what to do and not do to maintain a healthy, balanced family in the entertainment industry,” she adds. “Every family’s dynamics are different, of course, but I’m offering a unique tool box to help them choose what’s beneficial for them in developing a strong foundation to deal with the challenges of the business. While I relate my own experiences about how my husband and I have kept our boys grounded even as their careers werethriving, I believe that if you took the entertainment aspect out of the book, it would still be a useful resource about having a strong family dynamic. Everything is based on communication and how we interact with one another and stay away from toxic relationships that can destroy all that is good and valuable.”
Without revealing too much up front, Angela is excited to whet people’s whistle for the book by explaining that it’s a 12 chapter work (plus a preface/mission statement detailing her unique qualifications to write it) that includes chapters with titles like “The Cold Open,” “The Price” (i.e. If your child becomes successful, have you considered the price that goes along with it), “What Type of Parent Are You?” and the very revealing “20 Ways to Avoid A Mess” (including how to defuse situations and handling disrespectful behavior on set and in public).
Angela is a member of American Psychological Association, the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Women in Film Los Angeles, and Film Independent. She also sits on the advisory committee board for Sag/Aftra: Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program.