Tiara KJ Williams is an entrepreneur, the creator of The Reel Network, a media and production company. The goal of The Reel Network is to create content, develop talent, find opportunities for African American performers, and cast (dancers, singers, actors) projects. She is Ms. Black Hollywood!
I have been with her from the beginning of The Reel Network, as Co-producer. She reached out to me and when she told me her reasons for forming the company, I knew I had to had to join her. Read on to learn more about Tiara.
I sent Tiara a list of questions and I received her response on June 4, 2017.
Alan: When did you feel you had to be a part of the entertainment industry?
Tiara: Been pursuing the arts since I was 13 years old. I started officially working in the industry since I turned 18.
A: How did you break into the industry; what was your first position in the industry?
T: I was a writer when I first start working in the industry. I wrote articles, interviewed celebrities.
A: What convinced you to move to L.A.?
T: I really had no choice. But I spent summer 2003 in Los Angeles. I tried to get a feel for the industry, the city and what I would be up against. It was really eye opening. I didn’t move until 2006 after Hurricane Katrina. I had an opportunity to audition for a television pilot produced by Dayo Beverly. I didn’t get the role but I knew that Los Angeles was for me.
A: Tell our readers why you decided to start The Reel Network.
T: I was working in the industry but there was something missing in terms of opportunity for black people… so I created the business for balance.
A: Has the mission of The Reel Network changed over the years?
T: No, the mission hasn’t changed but we have definitely gotten more creative about ways to serve our audience.
A: Describe the components making up The Reel Network (either actualized or planned).
T: TV network, university, production and guidance for actors.
A: What platforms (e.g., new media, film) are you using to get your message out?
T: The web, TV pilots, films, commercials, etc.
A: Describe your relationship with Dr. Boyce Watkins and how he has influenced you.
T: I love Boyce. He’s a big brother, business partner, mentor and one of my best friends. He’s help me understand how to take an idea and make it a business. He’s helped me become a better businesswoman and extended his platform in many ways to me.
A: Describe Tiara the entrepreneur. What keeps you going?
T: I can’t quit. We are 5 years in. I have to see it through. I get up every day and just work towards the goals that I set. There’s no plan B.
A: What are you doing to keep your name out there?
T: I’m active every day. I believe in the power of network and outreach.
A: What is next for Tiara?
T: The Reel Network is next for Tiara… lol. Always.
A: What do you want to tell our readers?
T: Come join our movement!
A: How can people get in touch with you?
Ms Black Hollywood (@TiaraKJWilliams on Twitter; @msblackhollywood on Instagram)
The Reel Network (@thereelnetwork on Twitter and Instagram)
Tiara has been working on her vision for The Reel Network for years. Looking forward to what is coming on The Reel Network. More content, education, and opportunities for creatives.
Do you have any questions for Tiara? Please provide your thoughts and questions in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing from you. If you have a topic in mind you would like me to cover, please let me know.
Originally published June 8, 2017. Updated August 19, 2020 to adjust category assignments.