Windi Washington a Los Angeles, California native originally started her film & television career as an aspiring actress in her late-teens. Overtime, she gained entertainment experience and discovered that she also had a niche to work behind the scenes becoming known as a visionary for her creative marketing ability to push any project to the next level.
Windi developed an eye for talent and a taste for initiating cross-relationships between the entertainment industry and corporate sector. She has worked for reputable entertainment companies such as Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Creative Artist Agency, Vanity Fair Magazine and American Express Brokerage. She earned film & television credits for "Salmonberries" (1991) as a production auditor and booked featured roles in Live Shot (1995), Weird Science (1995), In the House (1995), Money Train (1995) and Up Close & Personal (1996). While going out on acting auditions she started a small business called Maxi Wade Agency to consult, produce events, market, book and position beauty, entertainment, fashion & lifestyle brands in 1996.
Windi is a graduate from National University in La Jolla, California earning her Bachelor in Business Administration degree in 1998 during her position at Vanity Fair Magazine in Los Angeles, she accepted a position at American Express Brokerage she couldn't refuse in 1998. Working at AMEX, she pursued her Master in Business Administration degree online at the University of Phoenix and studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School (Summer Intensive) in 2001. Unfortunately her outlook to continue working at AMEX came to a halt by the devastating tragedy on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 leaving her without any doubt to return back to the entertainment industry.
Relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in 2002 ironically a year later after the tragedy, she incorporated Maxi Wade Agency in October 2002 and held an audition to locate the best 30 out of 300 models to represent the agency's brand. Windi quoted that, "Maxi Wade Agency will be very selective about the talent we represent. Having a small roaster of talent & models will enable me to give them individualized attention to manage and develop their careers. My ultimate goal is to push them to national markets for greater exposure." This was the beginning of a new era for marking MWA as the first African-American owned agency to partner with Model Network, Inc. located in New York City.
Maxi Wade Agency's models & talent were known nationally in recognized music videos, events hosted by major names such as Chris Webber, Shaquille O'Neal, Lloyd Boston, Ford Motor Company, Bronner Bros., AmericasMart Atlanta, Vanguarde Media, Maybelline and Fuctis Garnier. Within months they were featured in advertisements and national magazines such as Bank of America, Upscale, Vibe, Source and XXL just to name a few. It was evident that Windi made her presence known again and beyond the borders of Georgia. Shortly thereafter, she completed her MBA from the University of Phoenix in July 2004. After completing her education and repositioning herself into the entertainment industry, she relocated her agency home to Los Angeles in 2008 to advance her career in film & television. Windi attends the Academy of Art University for a Master in Fine Arts and ambitious as ever to create and expand into new projects and experiences.
Windi owns her title Founder & CEO of her Maxi Wade Agency brand that includes a film & television production subsidiary Maxi Wade Media. Her title may be consisted of two words, but within her talent managing, producing & fashion entrepreneurial platform she is embraced with managing talent as Omarosa Manigault, Mimi Faust, Malaysia Pargo, Paul Wharton, Kash Howard, Shay Johnson, Torica, Solé and her beautiful daughters Nikki Lee, Dream Lumpkin, Story Lumpkin, and Cypress Soleil.
Windi is an executive member at Women In Film, member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation Television & Radio Arts and Alliance for Women In Media.
"Enthusiasm is what I cannot live without. It gives me the joy of working and collecting the things I love. I cannot live, either, without passion...I never want boredom to become a part of my life." ~ Valentino, January 1990