My long-time friend Andy Williams is a man of many talents. As a musician, he is the long-time frontman for the band Lefty’s Deceiver, which released numerous studio records and toured the United States off and on from 1999 to 2003. Lefty’s Deceiver gained fame for their energetic live shows which saw Andy transform from a mild-mannered dude into a blazing rock star whenever he took the stage.
As an amateur athlete, Andy shares my love of road cycling, and that is how we became friends. Andy wakes at 5am, religiously, almost ritualistically, to ride his bike with his friends around his home base in Los Angeles. He has twice completed The Longest Day ride, which is 200 miles in a single day, and in 2016 he reached his goal of riding 6,000 miles in one year. When you ride with Andy, you better be ready to suffer... in the best possible way.
Last, but certainly not least, Andy is a Hollywood executive producer, focusing on visual effects for TV and movies. You have seen his work on The Leftovers, Silver Linings Playbook, Chernobyl Diaries, Do No Harm, Safety Not Guaranteed and many more projects.
In our conversation we talked about athletic consistency, his perspective on what it’s like to work in the TV industry and why he’s made it a priority to work with people he likes.
Andy is a humble, laid back guy who doesn’t really think in terms of concrete goals, but don’t let that fool you. His superpower is his consistent focus and positive attitude in all things. I found his point of view really refreshing and I think you will too.
PS: After this interview was recorded, Andy shared with me that some people see a big goal as something to focus on narrowly like a laser, but he always sees his goals as a way to widen out life and increase the possibilities. I think that's a really cool perspective.
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