Jerseyâ€™s Pride: Shauna Faith
Shauna: â€œBeauty is only skin deep, what really matters is brain power,â€? she says. â€œThere are so many successful unattractive actors and entertainers out there. Many people have to realize that being in this industry is not easyâ€¦â€?
(Shauna Faith, New Jersey's pride).
Where Sheâ€™s From: Beautiful pride of New Jersey, Shauna Faith, was born in Brooklyn, to Jamaican, Scottish, and Indian parents, and moved across the river when she was one years old.
She grew up in Piscataway, New Jersey. â€œMy parents influenced me with their actions, not what they told me,â€? she tells The Black Star News. â€œThe number one thing I learned is to be solely independent. Do not depend on others--if you want something done, then do it yourself.â€?
Shauna attended La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, for two years before transferring to Seton Hall University for her junior year, to study Business Communications and Information Technology. â€œAt the end of my sophomore year in college I decided to enter the modeling game,â€? she recalls. â€œI was meeting so many people at parties and on the street. I thought it could be a great hobby, not thinking anything long term.â€? She started photo shoots, and more photo shoots. â€œI started getting jobs and getting paid. I was happy,â€? she says. â€œIâ€™ve been modeling for two years now and recently added acting to my repertoire.â€?
Where Sheâ€™s At: â€œRight now, I think I am just scratching the surface,â€? Shauna confides. â€œI have so much to learn in this industry. I want to be a great overall entertainer.â€?
She adds that it pays to have a thick skin in the business. â€œThere are so many rejections in this field. I had to learn not to take it seriously,â€? she explains. â€œSometimes, itâ€™s not you, itâ€™s not them, itâ€™s just not what they are looking for. If they are looking for a blonde with blue eyes, then they are surely not going to pick an exotic with hazel eyes.â€? She adds. â€œAnd if they are looking for an exotic with hazel eyes, then they are looking for the best one, especially a great attitude and personality.â€?
Aspiring models and actors have to do their homework and research if they want to separate themselves from the pack, Shauna says. â€œBeauty is only skin deep, what really matters is brain power,â€? she says. â€œThere are so many successful unattractive actors and entertainers out there.Â Many people have to realize that being in this industry is not easy. One has to be alert motivatedâ€”you canâ€™t just go out and wing it.Â It may work once in a while, but if you want to take it seriously, you got to take it to another level.â€?
Whereâ€™s Sheâ€™s Heading: Shauna has modeled for Essence Magazine, Smooth Magazine, Modell's, JC Penny Bellini Shoes, Rocawear, Hype Hair, Crest Jeans, and Boost Mobile, to name a few. Sheâ€™s done commercials for BET, WB's South Beach Style, and MTV. Moreover, sheâ€™s appeared in seven feature films, including parts in A Talent for Trouble directed by Marvis Johnson, Spider Man 3 starring Tobe Maguire, and Confessions starring Tamala Jones and Lynn Whitfield. Multi-talented Shauna is currently writing and producing her first two songs for an upcoming album to be released next year.
Shaunaâ€™s Words Of Wisdom: â€œOur deepest fear is not that we are inadequateâ€”We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.â€?
Shaunaâ€™s Secrets Of Success: â€œTen percent great guidance and people who support you; forty percent, practice, practice, practice; and fifty percent, burning desire and motivation to accomplish your goal and be great.â€?
Shaunaâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Movies: The Incredibles; Mean Girls; and What The Bleep Do You Know!?!: Quantum Physics.
Shaunaâ€™s Favorite All Time Three Books: Gone With The Wind; The Firm; and, A Time to Kill.
The First Three Things Shauna Would Do As President: â€œGet rid of the Electoral College, and make voting based on majority and popular vote. Get every soldier out of Iraq and back home to safety; and, dismiss corrupt officials that help ruin this country.
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