30 Seconds To Greatness: Carla Marie Williams

As part of our #LifeHacks project, NME and the University of Salford are asking prominent figures from the creative industries to give an insight into their career journeys.

Each ’30 Seconds To Greatness’ video features a bitesize piece of advice, or a lesson learned, from people who have made it to the top in music, fashion, film, tech, and other creative industries.

This time, our words of wisdom come from in-demand, Grammy-nominated songwriter Carla Marie Williams. Her credits include Beyoncé’s ‘Freedom’, Britney Spears’ ‘Private Show’ and Naughty Boy’s ‘Runnin”. She is also the founder of Girls I Rate, an organisation which champions women in the creative industries.


“Chase success, not the paper,” Carla advises, while also emphasising the importance of being organised: “Be reliable, make a plan, have a visual for yourself.” Watch her full video above.

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