Lamese Williams has been a force in the entertainment industry for well over 15 years, having lent her casting, production and consulting expertise to some of Hollywood’s most memorable movies and television’s premier shows as well as discovering talents such as Shailene Woodley, Michael B. Jordan and KeKe Palmer, Lamese has also worked with film and TV’s most seasoned and breakout actors and actresses.
Lamese started her career in the entertainment industry as a casting and executive assistant to one of Hollywood’s first African-American casting director and producers, Reuben Cannon. Under Cannon, Lamese honed her casting skills, becoming instrumental to the success of “The Bernie Mac Show,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Deliver Us from Eva,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” among other projects.
Lamese would later continue her casting career collaborating with Jaki Brown-Karman on numerous projects including “Akeelah and the Bee,” where she was intricate in discovering newcomer KeKe Palmer who has since gone on to become one of Hollywood’s rising stars.
In 2004, after developing an interest for production, Lamese collaborated with former talent agent Renee Panichelli to form Freeze Frame Entertainment a production and management company. Under Freeze Frame, Michelle would go on to produce her first feature film “Moola” (2007), a true-to-life comedy starring Shailene Woodley, Treat Williams, Daniel Baldwin and William Mapother. She would later co-produce and cast the highly acclaimed film “Blackout,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana and Melvin Van Peebles.
Over the past few years, Lamese has lent her casting and production skills to films including “Question of Faith” (Richard T. Jones), “The Sin Seer” (Isaiah Washington & Salli Richardson), “The Suspect,” (Sterling K. Brown & Mekhi Phfifer) and “The Last Letter,” (Sharon Leal & Omari Hardwick)
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Lamese received her Bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Rollins College in Florida. Her passion and purpose for the underserved came while working with Bad Boy Entertainment, a company of Sean “Diddy Combs” and being a founding member of his Harlem based Charter School, Capital Prep Harlem. Lamese still resides in Brooklyn and is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).