We had the good fortune of connecting with Shacolby Shentell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shacolby, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I feel once you find your path of purpose there’s no such thing as giving up. Finding what you love in itself is fulfillment, it should bring you joy, and that in itself is a gift. Many people never find their purpose. As with anything, there will be opposition, trials, and tribulation, but it makes you appreciate the journey even more.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been consumed by the arts. It has been my therapy, a way to express myself, and now my purpose. What sets me apart is knowing what I am doing, telling stories in the form of artistry is not for myself but for others to present laughter, healing, thought, and love. It has not been an easy road but challenges are necessary. It builds you up, strengthens you. Every day you must remind yourself why you are on this road. I’ve learned many lessons but the one that sticks out the most is being ok with getting uncomfortable for that’s where success lies. Everyone has a story and I choose to share many of them in the form of art to bring about togetherness on a theatre screen, TV, or stage for the world to see and be touched.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Food is always my go-to for a great time. I have a list to visit 50 new restaurants in 2023. I’m more than halfway there. LOL Some of my favorite restaurants have been Black Street Cafe, Michaels Southern Cuisine, Table Laroux, and The Fish to name a few.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shot out my partner Malcolm Carter for taking this insane journey with me, My TCA family for sowing their commitment and time into the creativity, and my family and friends for sacrificing for me to be great.
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