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August 22, 2014

Life Meets #Lumia: Danny Williams

Danny Williams juggles many roles — actor, producer, marketer, model — and his Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 help him balance all of them with ease.

If Danny looks familiar to you, you may have seen him as a baseball player in the Clint Eastwood movie, “Trouble With the Curve.” He’s also acted in commercials for Coke Zero, Cornetto, and the Texas Rangers, and featured in prints ads for the likes of Ralph Lauren.

Born in the Dominican Republic 24 years ago to a Dominican mother and American father, Danny and his family moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. He went to college at Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia. And that’s where he became enamoured with film and marketing, which paved the way to his acting career.

Check out his commercial video reel:

“Endless possibilities and functionality” with Lumia 1520

Danny shoots his video auditions for television and film with his Lumia 1520. Initially, he used a prosumer high-definition video camera. But when he got the six-inch Lumia smartphone, he put away the more expensive device.

“The 1520 blows it out of the water,” Danny said. “It’s been a blessing to have the Lumia 1520 to work with because it has endless possibilities and functionality, and it’s easy to upload and send a file within minutes. It keeps me happy and my agent happy.”

When his agent calls and asks Danny to send photos of himself for upcoming projects, the up-and-coming talent also does that with the Lumia 1520. And why not? It’s well-equipped with a 20 megapixel camera, Pureview, and a six-inch full HD display.

“It’s changed the ball game for me,” he added. “It’s not just a tool, but it’s made my life simpler and more fun to live.”


Lumia 1020 for social media

When he’s not acting or producing, Danny helps create content by and for millennials at Giant Marketing, a marketing and design firm he co-founded that’s based in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a good fit for him, he says, since he’s adept at operating in the digital space.

“It’s a healthy mix,” Danny said. “I’ve always been drawn to the art of entertainment, and I create enough to where I’m happy and I do enough marketing so I can do what I love.”

Danny uses his Lumia 1020 to help run his business and interact with his fans on social media (he is all over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). The smartphone fits easily into his hand and contains all of the apps he uses most. Besides the social-media apps mentioned above, those apps include: Vine, photo-editing app Fotor, Pinterest BETA, and photo-resizing app Instasquarer.

Danny also highlighted ridesharing app Uber (“I use it every day”) and loves that he can listen to his favorite songs offline with music-streaming app MixRadio. Recently, he was on a long flight with no WiFi access, and MixRadio helped him while away the hours.

“It was a lifesaver,” Danny said. “I would have jumped out of the plane if I couldn’t listen to my music.”

dannykidGiving Back

While he now lives in Atlanta, Danny stays close to his roots.

Every summer, he spends three weeks in the Dominican Republic to assist his parents with, a nonprofit organization that donates clothing, school and health supplies, and sports equipment to children. The nonprofit also creates and helps grow softball and baseball leagues for the kids in this tiny Caribbean nation.

His parents, John and Mercy Williams, founded the charity in the 1980s, and Danny helps by offering translation services to doctors and dentists, and doing whatever else that needs to be done.

It reminds me of a message he broadcast recently on Twitter: “Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring.”

What do you think of our latest Life Meets #Lumia feature? Does Danny inspire you?