Living in an unfamiliar area with nothing but a dream was a chance that Anita Williams took when she moved from Florida to Atlanta eight months ago, looking to immerse herself in the growing Georgia film industry. Her “leap of faith” paid off when she quickly found work as a studio administrator.
“At some point I had to take a leap of faith, and get my foot in the door,” Anita says. “I don’t regret taking this chance.”
Anita started her career in the field of cosmetology, first behind the chair styling hair and moving to director of education at beauty schools in Florida and Virginia. Now at Eagle Rock Studios, Williams works as a studio administrator, with duties ranging from creating weekly reports to processing production orders.
Anita says she became inspired to join the film industry when she sat in on the production of “Hitch,” filmed in New York in 2004 “I was invited to the set and I absorbed everything that was going on,” Anita says. “It was the first high-end production set I had been on.”
She talks about how she sat next to an older man she had never met, and he brought her out on the pier to watch the movie being filmed right in front of her. The gentleman then introduced her to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett. “You never know who you are talking to, so be kind to everybody,” says Anita.
Anita immediately became interested in everything it took to make a film.
Now happily working at Eagle Rock, she says this is just the beginning for her. In her free time, she’s writing scripts. She’s written many pieces, including one called “The Dog Walker” that has won a few contests and is expected to premiere at film festivals around the state in 2019.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Anita says. “I can’t wait to see what’s ahead.”