I'm Charlie Williams and this is my first homepage using html. The opening picture is a representation of my creative process, I often sit slumped over my computer searching for ideas and inspiration. The image isn't me, though. It was taken from a postcard distributed by the advertising agency Ogilvy One Worldwide, based in New York City.
I'm a second-year graduate student at the University of Florida majoring in International Communication. I received a bachelor's degree in English Literature with a minor in Spanish in 1997 from UF. I was born and raised in Brooksville, a small town north of Tampa by my grandmother. Brooksville is a recognized historical city in Florida, which generally means that it's boring and there is nothing at all to do there. I was extremely excited to leave after graduating high school in 1993 and I've been living in Gainesville ever since.
As an undergraduate, I really enjoyed studying postmodern theory and criticism and some film theory. I took a couple of classes, Materialist Criticism and Postmodern Performance, that opened my eyes to the works of Frederic Jameson, Jamaica Kincaid, bell hooks, Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Cornel West, to name a few. I think that I am more enamored with theory and criticism than strict literature, which is rare for English majors.
For the last two years, I have been working at Nationwide Insurance here in Gainesville. I work in homeowners insurance processing renewal policies for all Nationwide customers living in the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, DC, Delaware and Maryland. I am required to know specific company and Department of Insurance regulations when working.
My future career plans involve entering the advertising industry in New York City after graduation next year, eventually working in fashion advertising. I would like to work and live abroad in Spain someday. I really enjoyed Madrid, I visited the city when I studied in Salamanca in 1995. It is a city I can see myself living in. Here's a photo of a busy intersection the heart of the city.