After 18 years as a devoted mother to three successful working child actors, Angela J. Williams is ready to have a heart-to-heart, straight truth conversation with her fellow Hollywood parents - and those whose kids are contemplating a career in entertainment. Her insightful, empowering new book, My Child Is Going To Be Famous: How to Successfully Balance Family, Parenting and Entertainment (TGBTG Publishing), is fashioned as a unique conversation piece between Angela and those already immersed or interested in the wild, unpredictable, rewarding yet challenging world of show business.
As the executive overseer of the ever-evolving careers and business endeavors of her multi-talented sons Tyler James Williams (22), Tyrel Jackson Williams (18) and Tylen Jacob Williams (13), Angela is uniquely qualified to guide other parents, siblings and family members embarking on a similar journey. After launching the 360 page volume by stating that she “wrote My Child Is Going to Be Rich & Famous as a guide and resource for parents,” the author imparts the fruits of her hard-won wisdom in a straightforward and spirited, often spiritual manner.
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 person can make educated decisions – and indeed, decide whether it’s worth having their children pursue a career in entertainment at all.
Angela has spent her life drawing on her God-given communication skills to share heartfelt, intimate stories and offer key information to make people and the world better. She 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, she is a loving mom to three extraordinary young men.
“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, with homes in New York and California. “Being a parent of working actors and performers in this industry for nearly 20 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 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.
“Every family’s dynamic is different,” she adds, “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.”
The 12 chapter work (plus a preface/mission statement detailing her unique qualifications to write it) 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 disrespectful situations in public). While backing up her own advice with solid anecdotes, Angela also includes input from veteran industry insiders (talent agents, acting coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, directors, producers, actors and actresses, talent managers, business managers, financial advisors, etc.) via numerous in depth interviews she has conducted.
“I am committed to putting the focus back on the family by using entertainment as the platform to educate, enlighten and assist parents and their children through an intimate, transparent, sincere and authentic literary dialogue,” Angela says. “My plan is to get a message out to the masses that says, ‘You can be talented and functional if you are willing to do what it takes to have both. And you don’t have to sacrifice your family in the process of pursuing your passion.’ It’s a matter of training yourself to walk a tightrope. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!”