Le’Keisha “Keyz” Williams – WIHM 2019
Our Conversation with Le’Keisha “Keyz” Williams
Le’Keisha is a Screenwriter and Haunt Actor, and is a rookie this year!
Which of your achievements to date are you most proud of?
Without hesitation, having my first film “Trophy Room” released this year with Lost In The Woods Productions and Superficial Studios, being part of a Haunted Attraction (Scream-a-Geddon) that ranked Top 10 in the country for the 3rd year in a row, and being part of the cast in a brand new Haunt that made front-page news in our Florida-Based location. All three of these are of equal importance to me.
What’s your favorite horror film and why?
American Mary. As for why it is for several very personal reasons. It was the first horror movie I watched after shunning the genre for the majority of my life. I won’t go into specifics, but this one film literally saved my life when I was at my lowest point and it also had moments that were close reflections to my own life. I am a deep believer that the Horror Genre can help and heal anything. No matter they say, there is a horror movie that can save the day.
Who is your hero in the horror world and why?
I call them my Five Muses in Horror:
- Jill “Sixx” Gevargizian
- Gigi Saul Guerrero
- Blair Bathory
- Jen Soska
- Sylvia Soska
Every single one of these women gave me life-changing advice when I was struggling at a time none of them ever knew. From life advice to career advice, these women became guiding lights as I rebirthed myself as a Horror fan and an artist.
Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.
While this tip is for ALL women, I would like to spotlight this to Women of Color like me:
Diversify yourself and explore other cultures with an open mind when you write/act. Research any and every single topic you can think of. Read all the books. Watch all the videos. Study all the debates. Listen to all the subgenres… And write your thoughts about them anywhere. The biggest questions in the world are “Why?’ and “I wonder if…?” There will always be someone who wants to shut you up. There will always be someone that tells you “No. We can’t talk about that.” There will always be someone who tells you it is offensive or crazy or whatever. Write about it anyways. Give your best performance anyways. And have fun knowing that the story you are telling, however you express it, could change someone’s life for the better.
Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.
I started my journey in Filmmaking on my phone in my backyard. All I had was my phone. I didn’t have a laptop. I couldn’t even afford a notebook at the time. But I had my phone, my Notes app, and one single question. I threw away my pride a million times and asked for monetary help. I gained friends and lost them just as fast over personal differences. I stayed up for days at a time writing. I cried for nights at a time with writer’s block. I can’t even tell you how many times I “quit” the random dream of becoming a Filmmaker because I didn’t have anything on screen. It took me 3 years to make a film that I didn’t even shoot. I still haven’t been on a film set yet. And that is okay. One of my best friends told me that Life is a marathon, not a race. It doesn’t matter how long it takes for you to reach the point you wish to be at. All that matters is that you keep moving forward to get there.
Scare the crap out of us with something you have done or plan on doing!
Sometimes, we just need to be left alone with our hobbies, passions, and collections. It’s what we do as humans. But are all collections created with the best intentions or is there something darker behind the glass? Find out for yourself with my short film “Trophy Room”, directed and produced by Andrew Hass, Kynda Laufmann, and written by Le’Keisha Williams. Oh hey! That’s me! Enjoy….
What projects do you have coming up?
I have my hands in many different pots. Currently, I am pre-production for “Easy Fix’, an LGBTQ Horror short film written by Marnie Reynolds. I am also working for a secret project that will be put into motion this coming Halloween Season. What will it be? You will have to catch me if you can to find out.
Stay spooky, my Fiends.