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Life & Work with Brianna Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brianna Williams. 

Hi Brianna, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started writing when I was a small person. It started with me creating alternate endings to lifetime movies I was probably too young to watch. It grew into me writing my own takes on news articles about beauty and lifestyle when I was in high school. That kind of writing slowly turned into me blogging as a hobby while in school. And here I am now doing it part-time on top of a full-time job. 

[Pronouns: she/they: used interchangeably] 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. I lost my maternal grandmother at the start of my senior year of high school, and I kind of fell into writer’s block after that. She was one of the few who encouraged me to write and was always intrigued when reading what I wrote. Growing up without her was very hard. In college, I kind of lost my way in terms of what I wanted to do. I was in the Creative Writing program at UC, but I didn’t feel like I was being prepared well enough for the industry. The only time I really felt challenged was during my senior capstone, and I had learned all the things that should’ve been taught as an introduction course. I struggled with finding my footing and realized years later that I was battling depression and anxiety that whole time. It got to a point where I was scared I would take my life, so I finally found a doctor who took my mental health seriously, and I am doing better than I was. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in beauty, specifically hair and skincare. I am known for using beauty topics to transition into discussions about consumerism, race, and wellness. I have really started embracing this path that I am on. I used to blog about product lists and product reviews, and I still do, but there is more nuanced to make content now. I am very proud of where I am heading, and I am excited about using my voice to spread the message of what beauty truly means to me. I used to think that I had to spend hundreds of dollars on skin and hair care just to fit into that space, but I know now that isn’t true. The beauty industry is notorious for capitalizing on the insecurities of its readers. I am happy that I am beginning to pivot my content in a direction that inspires and encourages my audience to accept our insecurities and roll with the punches. 

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I learned to take more pride in what I wear. I am so used to expressing myself through makeup and hair, but since we are masking with Covid running rampant still, I have gained significant interest in personal style and fashion. One of my biggest lessons is that buying new clothes is a waste of money unless it’s from an ethical, sustainable brand. I have noticed that many of the clothes I have acquired over the years are running ragged, but that’s fast fashion for you. 

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