Cynda Williams Interview at Bowie State University

Here is an excerpt from an interview I did with Cynda Williams at Bowie State University.  She talked about the beginning of her career after doing musicals in high school in Chicago and then coming to NY to get on the big stage.  She talks about her dogged determination to get on the film “Mo Better Blues” and how she would use creative visualization and rehearse the conversation with Spike Lee about her being in the movie. 

What she said, which is not on tape, was how she sat in the casting office hallway early in the morning and waited for the casting director to come out. She waited and waited and waited.  People would ask her what she was there for and if she was OK, she replied politely.  After about several hours the casting director came out and told her that auditions were actually the next day but because she had waited so long and everyone who had come up to her was routing for her, they would audition her then.  As they say, “The rest is history.”

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